Last week, we reported that Survivor has further postponed production until spring 2021; however, according to Deadline, CBS is still exploring “a range of options and timelines” to get the show back up and running.
“The process remains fluid and CBS is looking at a number of different solutions that would allow [Survivor] to get back to production earlier in a safe manner,” writes Deadline’s Peter White, while also noting, “Fiji is still a possibility… but other countries are also being looked at.”
Filming in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands was initially postponed back in March until mid-May before eventually been shut down indefinitely in April after the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic. Despite hopes of being able to film in the summer for an early fall premiere, CBS removed Survivor from its fall lineup back in July.
It stands to reason CBS would still be looking into alternative options; as previously noted, the world is changing daily, so if they can find a safe way to restart production earlier, you have to believe they would take it. That said, the last Inside Survivor heard was to expect filming to begin in spring 2021. The casting for season 43 was also said to have been frozen, with applicants now only being considered to fill potential spots on seasons 41 or 42.
For those that subscribe to the Inside Survivor Patreon, you will remember, back in July, we mentioned rumors of Survivor looking into potential back-up locations, including Mexico and Guam. However, it wasn’t clear how serious those options were considered due to strict travel bans and other COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
As stated in our previous report, Survivor already has the infrastructure in Fiji and a great relationship with the government. It’s for those reasons, plus the several months of pre-production that took place before the shut-down, that Survivor is reluctant to leave Fiji.
On top of that, there is a major issue in transporting Survivor‘s 400+ multinational production crew to any international location. The production team includes people from all over the world, including many residents of Australia and New Zealand, both of which have strict travel bans in place for the foreseeable future.
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