Survivor: San Juan Del Sur
Season 29 SABC3 (*193) 19:30 Reality
Survivor (2000-currnet) isn’t nicknamed “the grandfather of reality shows” for nothing. It’s seen and done just about everything in its 34 seasons (it’s just been renewed for another two) and that means a lot of behind-the-scenes secrets are just waiting to come out…
While exec producer Mark Burnett 1
created the US version, he didn’t come up with the concept. UK TV exec Charlie Parsons developed the idea in 1992 and the first version was Expedition Robinson (1997-current) in Sweden.
Viewers only see the winner taking 2
home the $1 million (R13 million) grand prize but the others score cash too – like the runner-up, who’s given $100 000 (R1.3 million).
There are over 75 camera people, 3
sound technicians and production crew on location each season.
Before each series, challenges are 4
tested at the show’s LA base by a group called “The Dream Team” – and when you see a game being demonstrated in the show and don’t see anyone’s face in-shot, that’s a Dream Team member performing the challenge.
And medics check out each and 5
every contestant before and after any challenge, even if they’re healthy.
Clever editing makes Tribal Council 6
go past in five minutes… but they are actually up to 90 minutes long each.
Host Jeff Probst and the producers 7
choose the order votes are read at Tribal Council to add drama – they’re not read in the order they’re cast.
The Survivor theme song – Ancient 8
Voices by composer Russ Landau – is the same every season. It’s just given a “local” twist to match up with where the season is being filmed.
Host Jeff Probst adds to the Tribal Council suspense.