Wanna know what you’re playing for? Nothing! At least, that could be the case in a future season of Survivor, as the show’s executive producer Jeff Probst hinted at in a recent interview.
The Emmy-winning host stopped by The Friendship Onion podcast last October to chat with Lord of the Rings stars Billy Boyd and Dom Monaghan, where he touched on various topics to do with the long-running CBS reality show. Early in the interview, Probst highlighted what makes the core Survivor format so successful and how it might evolve in the coming years.
“I think the format is philosophical,” Probst said. “You take a group of people, strangers, typically, unless you’re doing an All-Star season, and you force them to live together where they must rely on each other to survive while simultaneously voting each other out. And, in the end, a group of the people that you voted out will now decide who wins… who played the best game. And what’s the best game depends on the people deciding. For me, that’s it.”
While that part of the format has remained consistent over Survivor‘s forty-three seasons, other traditional elements of the show could be adapted or outright removed in coming seasons.
“You could add in there are reward challenges; there are immunity challenges,” Probst continued before adding, “Maybe. Maybe you don’t have to have them, right? We don’t know. We may get to a season where we don’t do that, and people will go, ‘Oh my God, you’ve blown it again!'”
Reward and immunity challenges have been part of Survivor since the very first season in 2000. For years, the episodes typically followed a structure of reward challenge/immunity challenge/tribal council. However, reward challenges have become less frequent in recent years — some have even been edited out of the broadcast episodes for time.
So getting rid of reward challenges in future seasons wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. But immunity challenges? That would certainly be a dramatic change that could drastically alter both the format of the show and the gameplay between contestants.
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