Captain Lee Rosbach has been a key contributor to Below Deck’s success over the past several years, and the franchise has really grown since its debut, spawning four spinoff series.
Last year, “Below Deck Down Under” and most recently “Below Deck Adventure” were added to the spinoffs “Below Deck Mediterranean” and “Below Deck Sailing Yacht”. However, the latter is the first show to be produced by a different company, Shed Media, instead of the other series’ production company, 51 Minds.
While speaking with Hannah Ferrier on her podcast, Dear Reality, You’re Effed, Rosbach appeared to shadow the new production company, suggesting they “might be in waters they have no idea.”
He explained that over time 51 Minds learned all the ins and outs of filming their show. “We know what we have to do with the boats,” he said to Ferrier. “We know what it takes to get a boat and we know how to deal with the owners.” He added, “We know how to deal with places and where we have the boat and the docks and all.” have to drop these things because in 10 years we have all made mistakes.”
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Ferrier told Rosbach on her podcast that she saw the first few episodes of Below Deck Adventure and said it was clear another production company was involved. Rosbach admitted he hadn’t seen the new show, but said he assumes the new production company thought “we could do better than that,” but once they got started they realized how big the undertaking is.
“And they have no idea,” he added. “Because, as you know, everyone else involved with ‘Below Deck’ knows that the yachting community is a tough world. It really is. So if you jump in with both feet, you’d better put your fins on. S*** gets ugly fast if you don’t.”
Ferrier agreed that she noticed “little glitches” with the latest spin-off. The longtime captain told her that no one had approached him for advice or to contact the base, which he found very surprising.
The two longtime Bravo stars addressed the expansion of the Below Deck franchise, and while they agreed it was impressive, they both expressed doubts about potential “saturation.”
Captain Lee told Ferrier that it was “flattering” to see how far the show had come, but added, “Sometimes I wonder if maybe we’re not oversaturated, and I hope not.” He explained that Bravo just has so many time slots it can share with other Bravo shows, including all the Housewives shows, but added that it’s “out of my wheelhouse.”
Rosbach pointed out that there’s already an overlap since Season 10 of Below Deck premieres just a few weeks after the premiere of Below Deck. He said he hoped things would work out and network executives would realize “that they might have to dial back some things” if all the spin-offs are having a negative impact on the franchise as a whole.
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