The entertainment industry is still in a period of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, but CBS is “hopeful” that Survivor will return this fall in its regular timeslot.
CBS announced its fall schedule today, as part of its “virtual” upfront event for advertisers, revealing that Survivor will be back at 8 pm on Wednesdays, followed by The Amazing Race at 9 pm and SEAL Team at 10 pm. No exact dates were given for when these shows would premiere.
“Wednesday’s solid schedule adds more reality and adventure,” said the CBS press release. “SURVIVOR, hosted by Jeff Probst, again starts off the night at 8:00 PM, where it was watched this season by nearly 10 million viewers and is CBS’ #1 broadcast in key demos. At 9:00 PM, a fall edition of the multiple Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE hosted by Phil Keoghan begins another trek around the world. Then at 10:00 PM, the fourth season of military drama SEAL TEAM, starring David Boreanaz, returns to close out the night.”
While the 32nd season of The Amazing Race is already in the can (it was filmed in 2018), Survivor has yet to begin production on its 41st season after filming was postponed back in March. Initially, filming in Fiji was rescheduled for May 19, but as the spread of the virus worsened, production had no choice but to shut down indefinitely.
Despite this setback, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl remains optimistic that Survivor and other shows will be ready for the fall. “We are very proud of this schedule and these shows and we’re excited to get them on the air as soon as safely possible,” Kahl told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re confident — at the very least, hopeful — that production will resume in the summer and we’re hopeful most of these shows will be on this fall.”
The question is, can Survivor still film abroad? Fiji recently extended its ban on all international flights until at least the end of June. And according to Fiji Airways (the airline CBS uses to transport cast and crew—as evidenced by the shoutout during the Winners At War loved ones visit), the national carrier also expects to reduce its scheduled services in July.
Speaking to Deadline, Kahl recognized the extra difficulties with producing shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race (which had to shut down production on its 33rd season mid-shoot back in March). “In terms of Survivor and The Amazing Race, we’ll get those into production as soon as we can safely get back into production,” he said. “That’s going to be a little more complicated because we literally have to navigate some international waters.”
Stay tuned to Inside Survivor for more information.