Survivor is working on an idea that would push its social experiment to the extreme as the show’s producers are considering a tribe of teenagers for a future season.
In the newly released commemorative book, Survivor: The Official Collector’s Edition, host and executive producer Jeff Probst shares some insights on what to expect from Survivor in the coming years. One of the areas he touches on is the show’s “generational shift,” with more players born after Survivor: Borneo now applying.
“It would be fascinating to watch their different approaches to the game,” says Probst regarding a potential tribe of teenagers. While the Emmy-winning host does note the logistical issues involving high school conflicts and lack of life experience, he said it’s an idea the show is trying to make happen if possible.
“[A tribe of teenageers] is something we’re inching our way toward and trying to find how to make that work,” he added.
This is not the first time Probst has brought up wanting a season featuring teenagers, having mentioned the same thing in a 2020 Cameo video. Around the same time, Survivor lowered its application age to 16-years-old, with Probst encouraging young fans to apply during the Survivor: Winners At War after-show.
“We’re committed to being on in the fall with our 41st season, which means you should apply, especially if you’re young,” he said in the final moments of the broadcast. “I’m talking teenagers: 16, 17, 18, 19. Do it! Cool parents and a cool school; who knows? It could happen.”
The youngest castaway to ever play Survivor was Will Wahl, who was 18-years-old when he appeared on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X. The show has cast other 18 and 19-year-olds but has never featured anyone under the age of 18.