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.
I miss Selling Sunset. I was late to the game, started it when the pandemic hit and then binged all three seasons in a matter of a week. I couldn’t get enough of mean girls drama, dressed up under the guise of selling multi-million dollar houses. And despite villain Davina Potratzleaving the Oppenheim group , I need to know what happens with her $70M+ listing. Good thing she will still be on the show because I regularly think about that listing.
Another villain that emerged amongst the group was Christine Quinn. Where do I even start with her? Personality as icy as her hair color and fashion as sharp as her tongue. I really started out liking her assertive attitude, but she lost me when she was so cruel to Chrishell Stause. Who mercilessly picks on someone going through a nasty divorce? A coworker to boot.
Netflix and Selling Sunsetreally broke the mold in reality real estate TV. This series is a nice switch up from other longstanding shows like Million Dollar Listing. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if you haven’t watched this Selling Sunset yet, get on it! The primarily female cast swept people away with not one, but TWO season drops during the pandemic. A binge-watcher’s dream. The show is also set to begin filming season four this spring. You still have time to catch up!
It’s time for a reality TV shake up. After a solid year of binging reality shows of past and present from our respective lockdowns and quarantines, we’re due for some fresh content. Even more, the upgrade in accountability for reality stars when it comes to blatant and veiled racism has completely shifted viewer expectations. Gone are the days of sweeping very troubling and flat out unacceptable behavior under the rug. Why shouldn’t we be entitled to quantity and quality?
If you’re sick of Housewives, there are other options. Shows like Temptation Island and Selling Sunset are complete stand-alones. They’re also in their early seasons and not overly repetitive in their story lines and cast dynamics (yet). There’s also shows like 90 Day Fiance and Married At First Sight that use the same formula every year, but bring on fresh faces to make it interesting. Tragically, after eight and twelve seasons respectively, even these gems are starting to dull. So what’s next?