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Survivor: Island of the Idols

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Survivor: Island of the Idols
Survivor Island of the Idols logo.png
Presented byJeff Probst
No. of days39
No. of castaways20
LocationMamanuca Islands, Fiji
Country of originUnited States
Release
Original networkCBS
Additional information
Filming datesMarch 21, 2019 (2019-03-21) – April 28, 2019 (2019-04-28)[1]
Season chronology
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Edge of Extinction
List of Survivor (American TV series) episodes

Survivor: Island of the Idols is the upcoming 39th season of the American competitive reality television series Survivor, that airs on CBS in the United States and Global in Canada. This season was announced by CBS on May 15, 2019, the same day as the Survivor: Edge of Extinction finale.[2] The season will premiere with a 90-minute episode on September 25, 2019.[3]

Sandra Diaz-Twine, winner of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and "Boston Rob" Mariano, winner of Survivor: Redemption Island, will return to the game as mentors living on the eponymous Island of the Idols, but they will not be competing for the million-dollar prize themselves.[4] This will be the seventh consecutive season (eighth overall) to be filmed in Fiji.

It is also expected to be the first season to feature at least one castaway from Canada, since the casting process opened for Canadians in mid-2018.[5][6]

Production

According to host Jeff Probst, the idea to bring back past champions as mentors came from "wondering how to get a player like Boston Rob, who has said he’d never compete again because he doesn’t feel he’d never really have a shot to win, to return to the show.”[7] The two mentors will be surviving similarly to the contestants, though they will have better initial supplies and more time for constructing their shelter and feeding themselves.[4]


References

  1. ^ "Survivor 39 calendar". The True Dork Times. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "CBS Announces Plans for 2019-20 Season Schedule". TV Series Finale. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 13, 2019). "CBS Fall Premiere Dates: NCIS, Five-0, Young Sheldon, Neighborhood and More". TVLine. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Wigler, Josh (15 May 2019). "'Survivor' Winners Sandra Diaz-Twine and Boston Rob Mariano to Return For Season 39". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDIdWgfyjmY
  6. ^ West, Rachel. "Jeff Probst Announces Canadians Are Now Eligible To Compete On 'Survivor'". ET Canada. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  7. ^ Ross, Dalton (May 15, 2019). "Survivor: Island of the Idols: Jeff Probst shares intel on NEXT season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 15, 2019.