‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’: Casting Agents Hint of a Second Season
“Now casting 🌟EXPERIENCED🌟 yachties who have worked on SAILBOATS for @belowdeckbravo!! Know someone who’d be amazing (even if it’s you!)?!” casting agent, Diana Wallace shared on Instagram. The post asked candidates to share their CV, photo, and “a bit about yourself and your experience!”
The post was encouraging news as the globe continues to shelter in place. Productions continue to be on hold with no official word on how shows will move forward with filming. Below Deck cast members have expressed both concern and hope about the prospective season ahead.
Captain Sandy hopes crews will be able to shoot season 6
No official guidance has been offered as to how productions will be able to resume operations. But Captain Sandy Yawn expressed hope that the next season of Below Deck Mediterranean will be able to film this fall. “We’re hoping, but we don’t film until September,” she shared on the Carolina Coffee Talk podcast. “So we’re hoping it will all be cleared up by then. That’s the hope.”
Below Deck Mediterranean season 5 was shot last fall so the series was able to capture an entire season of footage. Below Deck Med season 5 is scheduled to premiere during summer 2020. No firm date has been announced.
But Yawn seemed optimistic about the future. “And I’m sure they’re working very hard on it. I’m really not in that process. They include me just when its time to go film.”
Producers will need to consider a myriad of factors
Colin Macy-O’Toole from Below Deck Med also discussed the roadblocks producers need to consider. He shared his insights on The Happy Traveler podcast, noting that producers have a number of regulations to consider in addition to public health advisories.
“You have to find a yacht. You have to find a marina, you have to find hotels,” he said. “There’s so much that goes into our show. It’s not like you can just pick up a camera and go, not like most shows on TV. There’s a lot that goes into Below Deck. So they’re definitely hurting and they’re struggling to put together their final project.”
“Some [seasons] have been recorded already. But there’s post-production,” he noted. “Editors have to deal with [it] and not being able to really contact or film afterward, it’s hard.”
A new ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ season looks promising
Below Deck Sailing Yacht‘s ratings have been steadily rising with ratings shooting through the roof last week. Tensions reached a boiling point for several cast members and the ratings reflected the action on the series.
“S01E13 – 1.348 million viewers (0.47 18-49 demo) *series high*,” Bravo Ratings tweeted on April 28. In addition to more drama, the crew experienced a personnel change. Deckhand Parker McCown resigned and Chris Miller took his place. Historically, Below Deck ratings seem to experience a shot in the arm whenever there is a crew change.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht is on Monday at 9/8c on Bravo.