It’s Official, Survivor Is Expanding to 90-Minute Episodes for Season 45

Survivor goes super-size!

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CBS has unveiled its 2023 fall schedule, confirming that Survivor will expand to 90-minute episodes for the upcoming 45th season.

Inside Survivor first reported the news last month, noting that the long-running reality series would be airing an entire season’s worth of 90-minute episodes rather than the usual 60-minute (with commercials) installments.

In addition, The Amazing Race will also expand to 90-minute episodes and air immediately following new episodes of Survivor on Wednesdays this fall. Survivor will air from 8:00-9:30 pm ET, while The Amazing Race will follow from 9:30-11:00 pm ET.

“So excited for more Survivor!” the show’s host and executive producer Jeff Probst tweeted on Wednesday following CBS’ announcement.

It’s no secret that Probst has been a long-time advocate for longer episodes. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly last year, the Emmy Award winner said, “I actually think 90 minutes is a great length for a Survivor episode. It means basically 63 minutes of total running time, and that’s similar to what you would find on a streaming service.”

The show has experimented with longer episodes in recent years, with Survivor 43‘s second episode receiving a 90-minute runtime last September. There have also been numerous 90-minute season premieres over the years, plus airing back-to-back episodes.

“Fortunately, we have an incredibly tight relationship with CBS, and that allows us to talk candidly about stuff like this and do what is best for the show,” Probst said of the Survivor schedule.

Survivor 45 is currently filming in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands and is expected to wrap later this week.

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Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and 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. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

5 responses to “It’s Official, Survivor Is Expanding to 90-Minute Episodes for Season 45”

  1. I will never watch another Survivor after the most undeserving winner somehow conned 7jurors. What were they thinking!!!!!

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