Bravo’s “Below Deck” is ready to set sail on a second season. And TheWrap has the first look as who’s back, who has joined up and what goes down on the upcoming season.
Season 2 officially launches on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9/8c, but Bravo is giving fans an early look with a preview special airing on Sunday, July 27 at 10:30/9:30c.
Last summer, it was clear that several of the crewmembers had sailed their last season. Returning for a second season are Captain Lee, chef Ben Robinson, yacht stewardesses Adrienne Gang and Kat Held and deckhand Eddie Lucas.
Who’s new on Season 2? Chief stewardess Kate Chastain, deckhand Kelley Johnson, steward Amy Johnson, deckhand Jennice Ontiveros and deckhand Andrew Sturby.
Bravo’s cameras will once again board the “Ohana,” a $10 million private, luxury yacht to capture the crew as they try to create the perfect getaway for each group of wealthy clients that come aboard. Plus, there’s always drama after work, as well.
Produced by 51 Minds, “Below Deck” became a surprise hit last summer. It was renewed last August after its finale attracted 1.8 million total viewers. Season 1 averaged 1.1 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and more than 1.7 million total viewers.
Watch TheWrap’s first look at Season 2 above.
And below, read Bravo’s bios for the new cast members:
Kate Chastain, Chief Stewardess – Kate Chastain, 31, comes from Melbourne Beach, a charming small town on the Space Coast of Florida. While working her way through college at high end dining establishments and lounges, Kate discovered her natural talent and passion for providing excellent service and ultimately anticipating her guest’s needs. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida, Kate moved to Ft. Lauderdale to find a job as a mega yacht stewardess. During her seven year yachting career, she has enjoyed cruising through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Central America and New England as well as an Atlantic crossing.
Kelley Johnson, Deckhand – Kelley Johnson, 27, was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, with his older sister and fellow cast member, Amy. His love for the water became apparent even as a toddler, when his mom discovered TV fishing shows were the quickest way to calm him down. Kelley’s brave and courageous spirit led him to join the Marine Corps as the tension in the Middle East was at its height. He was part of the operation that helped rescue Captain Phillips, and was selected with a small group to monitor and escort the Somali Pirate and turn him over to officials in Djibouti. After leaving the Marines, Kelley moved to Florida to be near his sister and close to the ocean. A romantic at heart, he left his first job on a yacht to pursue a land-based relationship and went to work in the corporate world. After the relationship failed, feeling unsatisfied with his job, and a push from his sister, Kelley gladly left his desk job to rejoin the yachting industry. Getting to live and work on the water while being able to fish in his free time is the ideal life for this Texas native.
Amy Johnson, Steward — Amy Johnson, 31, a southern belle known for her spirited attitude and enthusiastic personality, grew up in the small town of Wichita Falls, Texas. She was raised in a loving, conservative home, with her brother and fellow cast member, Kelley, who is her best friend and confidant. Amy graduated from Texas A&M with a business degree in Marketing and was recruited to the nation’s top selling Cadillac dealership as a sales representative, where she remained for several years. Realizing she was lacking two things she loved most, travel and adventure, she moved down to Florida to enter the yachting industry. Amy’s impeccable work ethic, positive approach and adaptable personality allow her to have that “glass half full” mentality.
Jennice Ontiveros, Deckhand – Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jennice Ontiveros, 25, first learned to love the water on Elephant Butte Lake. With a dream to live closer to Hollywood and the beach, she moved to the Los Angeles area at the age of 18 to pursue a B.A. from Whittier College in Business Administration & Theatre and Communications Arts. A job in documentary television brought Ontiveros to Chicago shortly after graduation, but her need for adventure and travel left her feeling unfulfilled. After a bit of research, opportunity and luck, Jennice landed her first Deck/Stew position on Lake Michigan during the summer of 2013. Within a few months in the industry she packed her bags and moved to Fort Lauderdale in search of a bigger and better “yachty” lifestyle.
Andrew Sturby, Deckhand – Andrew Sturby, 26, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada before moving to Nassau, Bahamas in his early teens. He attended a university-preparatory school in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada where Andrew excelled in football and crew. Immediately after high school, he became a working, traveling international model for high fashion and commercial brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, West Coast, and Roots Canada. He has enjoyed living in the Bahamas, Italy, France, the Phillipines and Canada as a well-traveled individual. Andrew currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is close with his parents and older brother. Living in the sunshine state, he renewed his love for the ocean ultimately finding himself seeking out work as a deckhand in the yachting industry.