Survivor: Winners at War

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Survivor: Winners at War
Survivor Winners at War logo.png
Presented byJeff Probst
No. of days39
No. of castaways20
LocationMamanuca Islands, Fiji
Country of originUnited States
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 12, 2020 (2020-02-12)
Additional information
Filming datesMay 22, 2019 (2019-05-22) – June 29, 2019 (2019-06-29)[1]
chronology
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List of Survivor (American TV series) episodes

Survivor: Winners at War is the upcoming fortieth season of the American competitive reality television series Survivor, that airs on CBS in the United States and Global in Canada. The season filmed in May–June 2019 and will feature twenty returning winners from previous Survivor seasons to celebrate the show's twentieth anniversary. It will premiere on February 12, 2020.[2] This will be the eighth consecutive season (a record ninth overall) to be filmed in Fiji, the thirteenth season to feature returning players, and the fifth season to feature only returning players. Edge of Extinction, a twist first introduced in the show's thirty-eighth season, returned for this season.

The season will be preceded by a retrospective special titled Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players on February 5, which features interviews with past players and series highlights.[3]

Production[edit]

The season's theme and players were announced during the Survivor: Island of the Idols's finale on December 18, 2019. It announced that this season would consist of twenty winners from past Survivor seasons. The winner will receive two million dollars, making it the largest prize ever given out on any version of Survivor, and its largest for an American reality TV since The X Factor.[4] Probst stated that having a season of returning winners and a larger prize came from CBS president Kelly Kahl who had been a proponent for the show at the network from near its start. Kahl had spoken to Probst and the Survivor production team about making this 40th season special with the format and larger prize. The returning survivors were not told of the larger prize until Probst met them on the beach at the start of filming. According to Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross, of the players he had interviewed prior to the start of filming for Winners at War, only Ethan Zohn had guessed there might have been a larger prize for this season.[5]

In his discussions with Kahl after the filming of Survivor: Edge of Extinction, Probst told him that he had spoken to previous winners in the past about returning, but most said they would not want to return. In a 2018 interview, Probst had explained that such an all-winners season was unlikely, as not all the winners were compelling people to bring back to the show, while some others, including did want to spend another month-long period of survival for the prize money. Probst estimated that he had about ten winners that were appropriate to invite back and who were willing, but not enough for a full number of players.[6] When Probst reiterated this to Kahl, Kahl suggested he try asking the winners again. Probst first contacted the winners he felt were key standouts in terms of memorable winners on returning, Parvati Shallow, Rob Mariano, Amber Mariano, and Yul Kwon, and was encouraged they were all willing to come back for this type of season. Probst quickly found enough of the winners to establish a full cast.[7] The show's typical payouts were higher for this season: each returning winner was assured a minimum US$25,000 payment for participating in the season, as well as the standard US$10,000 for participation in the finale.[8]

All but two of the challenges during the season were based on previous challenges that at least one of the winners had participated in. While this had been done before in Survivor: Cambodia and Survivor: Game Changers, Probst stated that they will not draw attention to whom had done previous challenges unless there had been a major event involving it from a prior season.[9]

The Edge of Extinction gameplay element from Survivor: Edge of Extinction will return for Winners at War, in which eliminated players, instead of completely leaving the game, can opt to be taken to a different island, the Edge of Extinction, where they must continue to survive until a point in the game where those players are given a challenge to allow one of them to return to the game, the rest either forced to return to the island or wholly eliminated from the game. This was added as to assure all returning players a possible second chance to get back into the game, a concern that had been raised by some when Probst spoke to them about returning.[10] An additional twist, a form of currency called "fire tokens," allows players to purchase items, food, and advantages. Probst said that in trying to make this season memorable, they had come up with the idea of fire tokens to emphasize that the game is about creating a society, and these tokens could help in establishing that society. Each player starts the game with one token, and when eliminated by tribal vote and sent to the Edge of Extinction, they must give their tokens up to any player remaining in the game. Tribes (prior to the merge) and players (after the merge) can collectively use their tokens to buy reward items, which can include an advantage in the next elimination challenge. Players on the Edge of Extinction are able to secretly make deals with players still in the game to sell them advantages located only at the Edge of Extinction for their tokens; those players can then use the tokens at the Edge of Extinction to gain advantages for the challenge that brings one player back into the game.[11]


Contestants[edit]

List of Survivor: Winners at War contestants[12][13][Note 1]
Contestant Original tribe Merged tribe Main game Edge of Extinction
Natalie Anderson
33, Edgewater, New Jersey
San Juan del Sur
Sele
Tyson Apostol
39, Mesa, Arizona
Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains & Blood vs. Water
Dakal
Danni Boatwright
43, Shawnee, Kansas
Guatemala
Sele
Sophie Clarke
29, Santa Monica, California
South Pacific
Dakal
Jeremy Collins
41, Foxborough, Massachusetts
San Juan del Sur & Cambodia
Sele
Sandra Diaz-Twine
44, Riverview, Florida
Pearl Islands, Heroes vs. Villains & Game Changers
Dakal
Ben Driebergen
36, Boise, Idaho
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Sele
Michele Fitzgerald
29, Hoboken, New Jersey
Kaôh Rōng
Sele
Wendell Holland
35, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ghost Island
Dakal
Adam Klein
28, Los Angeles, California
Millennials vs. Gen X
Sele
Yul Kwon
44, Los Altos, California
Cook Islands
Dakal
Sarah Lacina
35, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cagayan & Game Changers
Dakal
Amber Mariano
40, Pensacola, Florida
The Australian Outback & All-Stars
Dakal
Rob Mariano
43, Pensacola, Florida
Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains & Redemption Island
Sele
Parvati Shallow
36, Los Angeles, California
Cook Islands, Micronesia & Heroes vs. Villains
Sele
Kim Spradlin-Wolfe
36, San Antonio, Texas
One World
Dakal
Denise Stapley
48, Marion, Iowa
Philippines
Sele
Tony Vlachos
45, Allendale, New Jersey
Cagayan & Game Changers
Dakal
Nick Wilson
28, Williamsburg, Kentucky
David vs. Goliath
Dakal
Ethan Zohn
45, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Africa & All-Stars
Sele

Season summary[edit]

Challenge winners and eliminations by episodes
Episode Extinction
departures
Challenge winner(s) Eliminated Status Extinction
offer
No. Title Original air date Reward Immunity
1 "TBA" February 12, 2020

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleRating/share
(18-49)
Weekly
rank
Original air dateUS viewers
(millions)
5831"TBA"[14]TBATBAFebruary 12, 2020 (2020-02-12)TBD

Voting history[edit]

Original tribes
Episode # 1
Day #
Eliminated
Votes
Voter Vote
Adam
Amber
Ben
Danni
Denise
Ethan
Jeremy
Kim
Michele
Natalie
Nick
Parvati
Rob
Sandra
Sarah
Sophie
Tony
Tyson
Wendell
Yul

Reception[edit]

Viewing figures[edit]

United States[edit]

No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "TBA" February 12, 2020 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Canada[edit]

No. Air date Timeslot (ET) Total viewers
(millions)
Rank
(week)
Refs
1 February 12, 2020 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Survivor 40 calendar". The True Dork Times. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2019). "CBS Sets Winter Schedule: 'Criminal Minds' Returns To Original Slot For Final Season, 'NCIS: New Orleans' Moves To Sunday". deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (January 12, 2020). "CBS Sets 'Survivor' Retrospective Special Ahead of 40th Season Premiere". Variety. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Ross, Dalton. "Jeff Probst shares intel on Survivor: Winners at War". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 22, 2020). "Jeff Probst explains the origins of the Survivor: Winners at War $2 million prize". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Reinstein, Mara (September 26, 2018). "Jeff Probst Explains Why 'Survivor' Will 'Never' Have an All-Winners Season". Us. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 21, 2020). "Jeff Probst on the conversation that made Survivor: Winners at War happen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 19, 2020). "Survivor: Winners at War cast members getting at least $35K each". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 18, 2020). "Survivor: Winners at War will feature all classic challenges from the past". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  10. ^ Ross, Dalton (December 18, 2019). "Jeff Probst shares intel on Survivor: Winners at War". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  11. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 15, 2020). "Jeff Probst reveals the big new twist for Survivor: Winners at War". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  12. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 15, 2020). "Survivor: Winners at War new cast photo gallery". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 21, 2020). "Survivor: Winners at War tribe division revealed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  14. ^ "Survivor Episode Title Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Winning seasons in bold

External links[edit]