We can officially start to gear ourselves up for Survivor. I know, I know, we’re still a good 2 months away from the premiere (Wednesday, September 14th), but there is a lot to cover and discuss leading into the hype that will surely preface the upcoming new season. So join me, each and every Wednesday from now until the premiere, to get a weekly fix on Survivor-related news, rumors, and discussion, sure to hold you over these summer months.
There will be plenty of time to discuss the upcoming season specifically, especially when the Survivor cast is announced in the coming weeks (no specific announcement date has yet been given.) So for now, let’s look at the big picture, when Survivor comes back in the Fall.
What we know. Since “Redemption Island” ended until now, the next season of Survivor, Survivor: South Pacific, has already been shot. We know from the RI Reunion Show that next season will again feature 2 returning players, along with a new mix of castaways. Probst will be back again as host, for this the 23rd season of Survivor. Returning with him will be the semi-controversial Redemption Island twist. CBS has already renewed Survivor through Spring of 2012, meaning there will at least be a 24th installment of the show.
Jeff Probst, busy off-season. Well, what is our Survivor “off-season” really is when Jeff is busy hosting and shooting Survivor: South Pacific. But Jeff has made headlines in other ways since the Live Reunion Show in May. First, it was announced that Jeff will host a daytime talk show program to air on CBS beginning in Fall 2012. He also was nominated yet again for an Emmy in the Best Reality Show Host category, an award he’s won every year since it was created in 2008. In the blog-o-sphere, Jeff Probst also got some attention when he responded with a detailed letter to the Survivor Sucks website, responding to criticism directly from haters of the show, of the Redemption Island twist, and a number of other topics. You can read Jeff’s full response here.
Rumor Mill. I want to be clear that everything listed here is purely speculation, and there is no “inside” info or spoilers. If you do not want spoilers of ANY kind, you may want to stop here….
- Who will be the 2 returning players for South Pacific? This has been the biggest topic of speculation, and internet rumors have all but confirmed the two contestants. Again, with no official word from CBS, this is all pure speculation. But a number of Survivor-related sites have the two returning players as Coach Wade, and Ozzy. Coach has played the game twice, and there’s no arguing his uniqueness as a character on the show. Ozzy you may remember, was one of the better physical competitors in the show’s history, last seen on the Fans vs. Favorites season. The correlation between the two is unclear.
- Hantz…returning to Survivor? The answer to this question might be “yes,” just not the Hantz you are thinking of. Instead of the Survivor Hall of Famer Russell Hantz returning for a 3rd straight season, there are rumors that his nephew, Brandon Hantz, may be a contestant. Could the theme of the show be contestants related to former contestants? Unlikely, but still, it appears that Russell Hantz’s legacy may live on through Brandon. Could you imagine Russell returning to the game as part of the “family visit?”
- Redemption Island and other twists. Survivor is famous for it’s ever-evolving premise, and the question on everyone’s mind is just how will Redemption Island work this coming season? Will it be kept the same, will it be tweaked? It is unlikely there will be another dominant RI player like Matt, so if anything we may see RI in a whole new light.
- Will Season 24 of Survivor be Jeff Probst’s last? The past few years, Survivor and host Jeff Probst have been renewed by CBS 2 seasons at a time. They always insist that us, the viewers, will determine how long Survivor stays on the air, as it always comes down to ratings. But Jeff Probst signing up for a daytime talk show beginning in Fall 2012 has fired up talk that Spring 2012 may be his last as Survivor host. Could that mean that Survivor could also be facing it’s final stretch? Is it possible Survivor could continue past Spring 2012 without Probst as host? Time will tell!
So that should catch you up on the latest gossip right now, 8 weeks away from the premiere of Survivor: South Pacific. Post your comments…what are you most looking forward to? What are your thoughts on returning players? Are you a fan of Redemption Island?
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