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Premiere Date Announced for Survivor Season 39


CBS confirms Survivor return date.

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CBS has revealed the scheduling plans for its 2019-2020 Fall season, which includes a feature-length Survivor premiere, as well as the return of hit comedy Young Sheldon and the third season of SEAL Team.

Survivor’s thirty-ninth season, Island of the Idols, will premiere Wednesday, September 25 at 8:00 PM and fans will be happy to hear it’s a special 90-minute episode. This marks a return to the 90-minute premiere format following last season’s underwhelming 60-minute Edge of Extinction opener.

The season, which was filmed in Fiji earlier this year, features 20 brand new castaways, and the return of Survivor icons “Boston” Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who will act as “mentors.” As previously reported, Rob and Sandra will live on a separate island, the titular Island of the Idols, where throughout the game castaways will visit for advice and advantages.

Inside Survivor first revealed the theme back in May, and later confirmed 16 of the 20 new castaways who will be competing for the $1 million prize and title of Sole Survivor.

Stay tuned to Inside Survivor over the coming months for more news and features regarding season 39.


Martin is a 31-year-old writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing, and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and ET Canada, previously Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull.



  • David Harrington

    Expect 30 minutes of Sandra/Rob. 40 minutes of commercials. And 20 minutes for the 20 castaways (at least four will get zero confessionals).

    • Chris Rand

      Look, a jaded person slamming something on the internet, that they ostensibly don’t like and won’t watch. A great way to piss away time you’ll never get back. As for me, Survivor seems almost as good as it has been over the years, despite a lackluster 2/3 of this most recent season. 37 was really, really good. Looking forward to it, and more time-wasting snarky comments from people who don’t have better to do with their lives.

      • David Harrington

        Look, a person with a superiority complex taking time to slam a complete stranger’s opinion that they don’t agree with. You will never get that time back either.

        And, for the record, I love Survivor. It’s my favorite show on tv. I just wish they would do a better job at balancing the editing for all contestants. That’s all. No need to get your panties in a bunch.

  • Jon Chua

    Hi, I think your link for the 16 of 20 castaways confirmed links to the S37 article actually. Cheers.

  • Gary Johnson

    Will you be giving us the S40 tribe configurations before the winners get home? Please let us know. We are all wondering on Discord.