Twenty years after its debut, will the game-changing reality show ‘Survivor’ Season 41 get to see the light of the day? Will ‘Survivor’ survive the pandemic punch?
Millions of viewers have huddled around their television sets in groups or individual sessions since the debut of ‘Survivor’ in 2000, week after week. People enjoy groups of contestants taking part in various challenges, forming alliances, and ultimately betraying one another ahead of the weekly tribal council. The reality show survived various challenges and stayed strong for 20 long years until 2020 when the premiere of the long-running reality competition series was called off after ‘Survivor’ Season 41 was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Production updates of ‘Survivor’ Season 41
- Jeff Probst in contact with government officials in Fiji for filming ‘Survivor’ Season 41
- No fixed premiere date announced for ‘Survivor’ Season 41
Everyone is wondering when Jeff Probst, and all of that overly dramatic music and camera angles along with two tribes of contestants, will return to their television screens. Fans have been worried about the show getting cancelled. Well, the good news is that ‘Survivor’ Season 41 will definitely happen. Let’s find out when it will happen.
Twenty years after its debut, will the game-changing reality show ‘Survivor’ Season 41 get to see the light of the day? Will the ‘Survivor’ survive the pandemic punch?
Production updates of ‘Survivor’ Season 41
Everyone was still working in an office till March. We were just weeks away from seeing ‘No Time To Die’, ‘Black Widow’s’ first standalone movie. Now it seems like time has been stung by the pandemic. ‘Survivor’ Season 41 was supposed to get underway in Fiji, back in March, that didn’t happen. Just a few weeks before the contestants were supposed to leave the country, CBS and the producers of the show pulled the plug on filming. Deadline reported the news:
“Due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally, CBS and the producers of ‘Survivor’ have taken the precautionary measure to delay production on the 41st season, which was set to begin filming later this month in Fiji.”
May 2020 filming plan of ‘Survivor’ Season 41 too was shelved
When lockdown started in March, no one really knew when it will end. The producers of ‘Survivor’ thought they had a chance to start production on season 41 (as well as season 42) as early as May. Jeff Probst, the host and the producer of the series, was so hopeful that he explained to the crew in a letter (via EW) sent out in Mach 2020, in which he stated:
“Our intention is to begin production after the [Season 40] live show. Therefore, subject to new information, our new planned start date for production would be on or about May 19th, 2020. Our intention is to still shoot both Seasons 41 and 42.”
Jeff Probst explained in the letter that ‘Survivor’ is composed of the most experienced television team and that they would be able to get through this situation as they have done in the past. The current status is that ‘Survivor’ Season 41 has yet to enter production because Fiji still hasn’t opened the gates for non-residents since the outbreak first began.
Jeff Probst in contact with government officials in Fiji for filming ‘Survivor’ Season 41
Fiji remains the filming location of ‘Survivor’ since Season 33 in 2016. But, to keep the spread of the COVID 19 virus down, the island nation has placed strict restrictions on its travel policies. This includes the production of the competition series like ‘Survivor’. Jeff Probst, while speaking with “The Hollywood Reporter” in July 2020, addressed this situation:
“They’ve done an incredible job of controlling the virus. They’ve had a total of only 15 cases [at the time] in their country, and they’ve had no active cases for months. They have figured out how to handle it, and they just want to ensure that when we come shoot there, we don’t change that. We’re working together with them, but they’ve been very production-friendly in terms of wanting it to happen.”
Jeff also mentioned that he’s in constant contact with government officials in Fiji. He is sure that they will come up with the best actions to put into place once production can finally get started.
‘Survivor’ Season 41 production to begin in April 2021
When a ‘Survivor’ insider reported that production on season 41 (and season 42) would not get underway in Fiji until April 2021, due to the restrictions put in place there, fans thought it was a joke. The production will run through July 2021. This makes it very hard to hit the air in September 2021. It’s not too far-fetched to assume that ‘Survivor’ won’t return until early 2022.
The ‘Survivor’ Season 41 cast
William Elton, one of the show’s casting editors, later announced on Instagram, just days before CBS postponed ‘Survivor’ Season 41, that the contestants for the next two seasons had been finalized. It remains to be seen how many of the cast members, due to the delay of nearly one year, will chart off to Fiji when production finally starts on season 41 in April 2021.
No fixed premiere date announced for ‘Survivor’ Season 41
There is no official premiere date set for ‘Survivor’ Season 41 at this point. Most likely, it won’t become available to us until production gets underway in 2021. A lot can happen between now and then, so make sure to check back on our website for all the latest information on ‘Survivor’.