Captain Lee Rosbach Below Deck

Below Deck Season 8 Wrapped Filming Early Because Of Coronavirus

Even though we know that reality TV isn’t everything, but this Coronavirus has had an effect on some of our favorite shows. Watch What Happens Live suspended production and the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 reunion has been postponed.

Now, there’s word that the next Below Deck season has been cut short as a precautionary measure. Obviously, this was the best call. The safety of the cast, crew, and guests is extremely important.

Page Six confirmed that filming for the next Below Deck season has been cut short. Apparently, the cast was shooting in the Caribbean before they decided to shut down.

However, there is some good news as far as the fans are concerned. They managed film most of the season. There were only a “few episodes” missing before everyone headed home. That probably means that we are still going to see those episodes. If the show stopped filming much earlier, that might not be the case.

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A source told Page Six, “They’re wrapping early and flying everyone home. There were a few more [yacht] charters that they were supposed to film that it doesn’t appear that they’ll get to.” Overall, this is for the best, obviously. Safety is of top importance.

That same source said the season should be “minimally affected” by this.


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Of course, none of this has been confirmed from the network or any named sources because we don’t even know who’s in the cast for next season. It is safe to assume that Captain Lee Rosbach is back at the helm. But, other than that, it’s anyone’s guess, especially since Kate Chastain retired from the Below Deck franchise.

Hopefully, everyone was able to safely travel home. Hopefully, they are all taking care of themselves and staying healthy.


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