‘Below Deck’: EJ Jansen Teases Possible Spin-off Yachting Series

EJ Jansen from Below Deck Season 5 hinted at rumors that the franchise was expanding to include a new land-based series.

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He mused about the current season of Below Deck and then shared that he’s heard some rumors that the current series will experience a shakeup. “I’ve heard some talk of potentially a new captain and you know, it’s kind of like, there’s a lot of things up in the air for the next one, especially with COVID and all that stuff,” he said on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast.

COVID certainly threw a wrench into a slew of productions. That’s when Jansen offered a hint about a potential “land-based” Below Deck. While he wouldn’t commit to revealing the franchise would introduce a new series, hints indicate another layer to the Below Deck story.

Another series could show a different side of yachting

“There’s actually three sides [of yachting],” he described. “The other side is you’re in the shipyard during the shipyard period where you get a crew house. And you’re given basically this whole house, usually in Florida with a pool in the back and hot tub. You know, sh*t gets a little crazy on land because now it’s actually kind of funner because you’re so busy and now you actually get a nine to five kind of job. And you can actually start living life, you know, on your own terms, in a sense like weekends off and whatnot.” 

He then dribbles a little tea. “So, I don’t know,” he said. “But I have hinting suspicion. They may be capturing a little bit of that side.”

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A crew house show could feature crew members postseason, doing repairs and updates. “Once the charter season’s done its balls to the wall two months of like nine to five sanding down the bottoms and doing whatever,” he shared. “So there’s all this little stuff. And then when the day’s done at four o’clock the crew or same crew, but now they’re in Fort Lauderdale, running around, going to the beach and hanging out with different people, going to the crazy bars and stuff.”

Casting agents have been looking for crew house cast members

Jansen may have picked up on the casting call made in August. “Aspiring Yachties, Crew House Staff, Behind-the-Scenes Gurus & Experts in the Hospitality Business for a new TV series that will give viewers a behind the scenes look at the luxury world of yachting,” according to Kristen Webley Casting. The call asked for green yachties to send agents their resume and five photos.

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The casting call also asked for a “crew house parent,” which would be a veteran yachtie who would show the rookies the ropes.  The potential crew house series comes on the heels of another new Below Deck show, Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Season 1 of the sailing series was met with mixed reviews but is rumored to have filmed a second season.

Below Deck Season 8 is on every Monday at 9/8c on Bravo.