FILMING / LOCATION
While the priority is to still film in Fiji if possible, an Inside Survivor source told us a couple of weeks ago that the show is looking into the Caribbean as a potential back-up location.
Initially, I wasn’t sure how much stock to put into that rumor, but I was later able to verify with other sources that Survivor has indeed “looked into/considered” the Caribbean as an option, specifically, the Dominican Republic. As far as I know, though, nothing is set in stone, and this remains very much in the “potential option” stage based on the status of Fiji.
The Dominican Republic was recently used as the location for Survivor Mexico, which was filmed throughout July and August. The country has also been used as the location for various other international Survivor seasons in the past.
Even though there is a Level 3 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic, the country is open to international visitors with no negative COVID-19 test required to enter. Meanwhile, there remains a ban on international visitors in Fiji, with possible exceptions for those arriving by sea.
There is still no set-date for filming, but the proposed plan seems to be Spring 2021, with the hope that Fiji will relax restrictions early next year.
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Casting (or, more specifically, recasting) is still taking place for seasons 41/42. Finals have been happening over the past couple of months, all done online, including a week’s worth of psych tests and a further week of interviews with casting/producers/executives.
As was officially announced earlier this month, CBS now has new diversity goals for its unscripted programming. This means that Survivor casts will now aim to be at least 50% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). That is currently a big push in casting and a major reason why recasting is taking place.
Casting for seasons 41/42 originally wrapped up earlier this year; however, people are now being swapped or cut completely and replaced. Some of those originally in the mix have been asked to send in new videos “updating” casting on their lives.
Even though there is still no set-date for the filming of seasons 41/42, sources have told us that recently CBS has been pushing to film three seasons in 2021 and airing one of them in the summer. This would likely mean S41 airing in summer 2021, S42 airing in fall 2021, and S43 airing in early 2022.
Of course, as with everything, this is all up in the air and dependent on numerous factors. We’re also told there is some pushback on the production side regarding filming three seasons consecutively.
Given the state of the world, things are changing day-to-day. Stay tuned to Inside Survivor for further updates.
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