Survivor Is Coming To New Zealand

The long-running reality game show Survivor is about to get a New Zealand make-over.

Just months after Channel 10 confirmed the return of Australian Survivor, TVNZ has announced that neighboring country New Zealand will also be debuting their own adaptation of the hit reality series.

In a press release, Andrew Shaw, TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions, said: “Survivor is the big kahuna of reality event television. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Warner Brothers NZ to bring this to life for Kiwis…”

“Do you have what it takes to compete in the ultimate test of endurance, strength and strategy – all in a far-flung tropical location?” That is the question posed to budding castaways on the official application page which are now accepting Kiwis of all ages and from all walks of life.

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Details for Survivor New Zealand are rather scarce; there is no information on when the series will begin shooting, where it will film, or who will host the show. It’s also unknown whether TVNZ will make any changes to the traditional American format which has proved successful for 32 seasons. However, in the application terms and conditions it does state that:

“You need to be physically and mentally strong enough to survive in some of the toughest conditions ever experienced. You must be 18 years of age, and available for a period of 10 weeks for the shoot.”

If this information is correct and the series will film over a ten week period, then that would suggest a much longer version than the standard 39 days of the American format.

Survivor New Zealand is set to air on TV2 at a later date. More details to follow.

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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.

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