Below Deck Gets Its First Emmy Nomination

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Congratulations are in order for 51 Minds Entertainment.  After eight seasons of the Bravo hit Below Deck, the production company can finally celebrate an Emmy nomination for the show.  A well-deserved recognition for a program that spawned a franchise and is Bravo’s highest rated among viewers in a demographic spanning 18-to-49 year olds.

Below Deck premiered in 2013.  After its immediate success, Below Deck Mediterranean aired its first season in 2016.  Fledgling Below Deck Sailing Yacht is only two seasons in after its inception in early 2020.  The franchise has marketed and presented to the consumer a unique look at life in the yachting industry.  And it’s as if the drama is right there, on tap, and it’s just a matter of catching the moment and branding it correctly. It has worked for eight seasons, and finally the Television Academy is giving recognition.

According to an article by Variety, Below Deck is nominated in the “unstructured reality category.”  Our favorite Bravo show is competing against Becoming from Disney Plus, Netflix outputs Indian Matchmaking and Selling Sunset, as well as VH1 hit RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked.  Not only did Below Deck get this nomination, but one for Outstanding Picture Editing For An Unstructured Reality Program as well.

What could be more “unstructured” than Chef Rachel Hargrove’s meltdown before walking off the boat?  How about her vulgar statement to Captain Lee RobsbachElizabeth Frankini falling for James Hough in the most naive way?  Sunshine Shane Coopersmith and his paper straws?  It was a great season for sure.

Regardless of the changing cast each season, Captain Lee has become the face of the show.  The OG of the sea shared this statement regarding the nomination.  He said, “being part of ‘Below Deck’ since the beginning has been a wild ride that has been filled with many surprises. Finding out today that we received two Emmy nominations is the most exciting surprise yet. I’m extremely humbled to be a small part of the talented team that actually makes this show what it is and I’m so very proud of everyone.”

Congratulations are in order for the cast and crew, and for us viewers there’s more exciting news.  Two more spin-offs will be debuting next year.  Below Deck Adventure will take place in Norway, following a ship crew in the glacial fjords.  NBC Universal’s streaming service, Peacock, will air Below Deck Down Under next year as well.

TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BELOW DECK’S NOMINATION?  DO YOU PLAN TO WATCH THE NEW SPIN-OFFS? ARE THERE OTHER BRAVO SHOWS THAT DESERVE NOMINATIONS?

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