Survivor: Winners at War
|Survivor: Winners at War|
|Presented by||Jeff Probst|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of castaways||20|
|Location||Mamanuca Islands, Fiji|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original release||February 12, 2020|
|Filming dates||May 22, 2019– June 29, 2019|
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Reward||Immunity|
|1||"TBA"||February 12, 2020|
|Original air date||US viewers|
|583||1||"TBA"||TBA||TBA||February 12, 2020||TBD|
|No.||Title||Air date||Timeslot (ET)||Rating/share
|1||"TBA"||February 12, 2020||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|No.||Air date||Timeslot (ET)||Total viewers
|1||February 12, 2020||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD|
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