Sur­vivor is back!

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Front Page - Edited by Ali­son Abbey

The tribe has spo­ken! It’s been 17 years since TV’s ul­ti­mate re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion first pre­miered, and 34 sea­sons later Sur­vivor is still go­ing strong. The lat­est it­er­a­tion of the hard-core com­pe­ti­tion, Sur­vivor: Game Chang­ers, pre­mieres March 8 on CBS and fea­tures the re­turn of some of the show’s all-time, all-star fan-fa­vorite play­ers. Ex­er­cise your wits with some Sur­vivor trivia by Pa­rade’s own Sur­vivor ex­pert, Josh Wigler. Visit Pa­­ers for Wigler’s pre­sea­son in­ter­views with each cast­away. 1. Be­fore Sur­vivor, host Jeff Probst was best known as the front­man of TV’s Rock & Roll Jeop­ardy.

2. Since its de­but in 2000, Sur­vivor has filmed in 18 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the world, in­clud­ing Africa, Brazil, Samoa and the Philip­pines.

3. Game Chang­ers is the fourth sea­son to con­sist en­tirely of re- turn­ing play­ers, in­clud­ing San­dra Diaz-Twine, the only player who has ever won Sur­vivor twice.

4. The show is so phys­i­cally de­mand­ing that 15 play­ers have been evac­u­ated due to med­i­cal is­sues, in­clud­ing re­turn­ing con­tes­tant Caleb Reynolds. 5. Will there ever be an all-win­ners sea­son? Probst says yes, but tells Pa­rade it won’t hap­pen soon:

“We will when we have 20 great win­ners. We don’t yet have 20 great win­ners who want to play.”

6. Two sea­sons of Sur­vivor have been shot back-to-back in the same lo­ca­tion ev­ery year since sea­son 19 to main­tain the show’s af­ford­abil­ity.

7. The show has di­vided play­ers in nu­mer­ous ways: age, gen­der and even eth­nic­ity dur­ing its con­tro­ver­sial 13th sea­son, filmed in the Cook Is­lands.

8. Sur­vivor boasts a loyal on­line fan com­mu­nity, with many fans tuning in to pod­casts, in­clud­ing Sur­vivor Know-It-Alls, hosted by for­mer con­tes­tants Rob Cestern­ino and Stephen Fish­bach.

10. Writer/di­rec­tor/ac­tor Tyler Perry was the idea man be­hind one of the key twists in the show’s 28th sea­son: an im­mu­nity idol with the power to be played af­ter elim­i­na­tion votes are cast.


Jeff Probst


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