‘Survivor’ 42 Premiere Date Announced: Everything We Know So Far

by Samantha Whidden

Get excited, Survivor fans! CBS announced on Wednesday (November 10th) that the long-running hit season’s 42nd season will premiere in Spring 2022.

Survivor 42 is coming for you, March 9th!” The network declared in an Instagram post, which featured a snapshot of the show’s longtime host, Jeff Probst. 

Survivor first premiered on May 31, 2000. The reality competition series places a group of people in an isolated location who have to compete in challenges in order to avoid being eliminated by the entire group. The sole survivor of the season walks away with a large cash prize. Locations of the series included Mamanuca, Fiji; Koh Ring, Cambodia; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Upolu, Samoa; and Koror, Palau. 

The hit series has more than 600 episodes. Its 41st season premiered on September 22, 2021, and was filmed in Mamanuca Island, Fiji. The series delayed the current season due to the global health crisis. 

‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Opens Up About a Lesson He Learned From the Series That Helped Him Through the Global Health Crisis 

During a recent interview with the New York Times, Survivor host Jeff Probst opened up the series having to shut down during the global pandemic and also one of the lessons he has learned from the series.

“We’ve shot 1,600 days, and, until the pandemic, had never missed a day,” Probst revealed. “Ironically, it was a lesson I’ve learned on Survivor that helped me. I always tell players, ‘You have to assess constantly and adapt accordingly.’ For me, it was, ‘OK, you can’t shoot Survivor. What can you do?’”

Probst also discussed why he decided to stay on the series after he told CBS executives that he wanted to quit. “I had always wanted to have a big role in the storytelling. But I wasn’t ready for it. I was still learning.”

The network decided after initial reluctance to make Probst an executive producer. “It could get complicated,” Probst shared. “No one has this kind of cavalier relationship. And no agent would ever recommend it. No other show on television has this kind of creative freedom. So if we blow it. It’s on us.”

While also chatting about the hit series’ fan base, Probst said he is willing to have disagreements with the well-known opinionated group. “I’m not always perfect in the show. I said things that I regret now. I’ve had points of view that I would change now. That was also me in the moment. Being vulnerable and learning.”

In regards to how Survivor has stayed relevant in the past 21 years, Probst said the series has enchanted its “fair share” of ‘growing pains.” He then added, “I have a very healthy sense of myself. I’ve never been afraid of being vulnerable or being wrong.”