It has been a stop-and-start struggle for Survivor ever since the coronavirus pandemic caused a production shutdown last March. However, things finally seem to be moving in a forward direction, with the show looking to get back up and running in the next couple of months.
According to Inside Survivor sources, the proposed filming dates are April for season 41 and June for season 42. Obviously, given the current state of the world, things can still change, but this is the plan the production team currently has in place.
In terms of location, we’ve been told that Survivor will remain in Fiji. While other countries, specifically in the Caribbean, were looked into, the belief is that the production team struck a deal with the Fijian government to allow cast and crew special access into the country.
The exact details of COVID-19 safety guidelines that Survivor will have to follow are currently unknown, though, last year, Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, detailed several protocols future film productions must abide by while on location.
“Cast and crew won’t even be allowed to board their plane without proof of a negative COVID-19 test and will be screened for symptoms both before boarding and upon landing,” explained Bainimarama. “They’ll then be entered into government-designated quarantine — whether that’s a preapproved hotel or a remote isolated island — for the mandatory 14-day period.”
The final casts for these seasons are being decided within the next couple of weeks. Several rounds of casting finals took place late last year (all online) with new applicants. Meanwhile, some of the finalists who were in the mix pre-pandemic will have to redo their psych evaluations to ensure they’re still fit to compete.
As for the previous rumor of CBS wanting to film three seasons this year, that doesn’t look to be going ahead. Filming for seasons 41 and 42 is all that is on the table at the minute, with casting for season 43 pushed back until at least August 2021.
Stay tuned to Inside Survivor for further updates.
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