‘Survivor’ Next Season Featuring Drastic Changes, Including ‘Game Within a Game’

by Taylor Cunningham

It’s been a year and a half since we got to watch a group of castaways battle wits on Survivor. But the show is finally coming back for another round. And CBS is telling fans that they’re going to make this season extra spicy.

On September 22nd, Survivor comes back with a two-hour premiere for its 41st season. As they have in past years, the group of castaways will head to Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands—and they’re in for a more grueling competition than ever before.

“I cannot remember a time when I’ve been this excited to launch a new season of Survivor,” said executive producer and host Jeff Probst.

This year, the contestants will be spending only 26 days on their deserted island. This change shortens the original 39 day game time by 13. Host Jeff Probst says the new time constraint will create “a faster, more dangerous and much more intense game.”

Probst also revealed that players won’t be given daily food rations. Instead, they’ll have to win them through reward challenges. “Advantages now often come with massive risks. In order to earn an advantage, you have to successfully navigate something risky,” he added. 

And perhaps the most interesting addition to the show is the interactive “Game Within the Game” feature. Creators added this element so Survivor fans can find and decode puzzles throughout the season. And that’s not the only way the audience can get into the gameplay. Probst will address watchers directly so they can be privy to secret twists and turns before the contestants know what they’re in for.

Check out the names and photos of Survivor’s new diverse cast members here before watching the premiere later this month.

CBS’s ‘Survivor’ Almost filmed Season 41 in the United States

Survivor is back after a two-season delay, and we’re expecting a lot out of this year’s batch of players. But we shouldn’t take it for granted. Recently, Jeff Probst talked to Entertainment Weekly and explained just how hard it was to bring his gameshow back to television.

Covid restrictions are tough on Survivor because it has an international cast and crew. They also film the series overseas, so everyone involved has to travel to the set. Because of that, producers considered filming season 41 in the US.

“It was March 2020 when we made the official decision to postpone shooting Survivor 41 in Fiji. We immediately turned our full attention to finding another location and even considered shooting domestically in Georgia or Hawaii,” Probst told EW.

But unfortunately, none of the locations panned out, and fans had to endure a long stretch without their favorite game show. Probst said that every time they settled on a spot, COVID would surge in the area. After a few tries, Survivor creators decided to wait it out and bring the filming back to Figi once cases started to lower.