Survivor Island of the Idols: What we all know up to now about Survivor season 39

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Jeff Probst, host and government producer of Survivor, at first of season 38. (Picture Robert Voets/CBS)

We’ve reached the tip of one other season of Survivor, and the tip of 12 months 19. The present’s 20th 12 months—and 40th season—are each coming subsequent 12 months.

Season 40 will begin filming shortly after the Survivor: Fringe of Extinction finale, which can have our first have a look at season 39, which is able to air within the fall and is known as Survivor: Island of the Idols. Right here’s what we all know up to now about it—together with its location, its large twist, and the identities of each new forged members and returning gamers.

When and the place did it movie?

Survivor 35, Fiji, Game Changers challengeSurvivor 35, Fiji, Game Changers challengeA water problem off the shores of Fiji within the “What Occurred on Exile, Stays on Exile” episode of Survivor Recreation Changers. (Picture by Jeffrey Neira/CBS Leisure)

Survivor has been filmed in Fiji since season 33 in 2016, and it’ll proceed to make use of the identical islands and places for season 39 (and 40).

The present has caught with Fiji partially as a result of Survivor will get a 45 p.c rebate on what they spend. In different phrases, Fiji pays for nearly half of the manufacturing. (For extra, learn this interview with Jeff Probst.)

Survivor: Island of the Idols seems to have begun manufacturing on the finish of March, and thus ended its 39 days of filming in late April.

As details about the manufacturing and particular person episodes is revealed, True Dork Instances’ calendar can be up to date, so test that out.

When will Survivor 39 debut?


CBS introduced its fall schedule at the moment, and Survivor retained its Wednesdays at eight p.m. timeslot, which it’s had since Survivor Nicaragua in 2010.

Survivor will face new competitors from The Masked Singer, Fox’s hit singing competitors that includes celebrities in loopy costumes.

Fox has scheduled Masked Singer seasons two and three for Wednesdays at eight, each within the fall and within the spring.

Will that competitors damage both present? Keep tuned.

What’s Survivor’s new twist?

Survivor Ghost Island finaleSurvivor Ghost Island finaleContestants head to Tribal Council on the finale of Survivor Ghost Island. (Picture by CBS Leisure)

Keep in mind Survivor Ghost Island? It appears as if that twist is actually returning, although it’ll be renamed the Island of the Idols—therefore the season’s subtitle.

However the island gained’t simply include immunity idols, hidden or in any other case. It’ll even have two human beings, who occur to be former Survivor winners, aka idols: Sandra Diaz-Twine, the one two-time winner in Survivor historical past, and “Boston Rob” Mariano.

When Inside Survivor’s Martin Holmes first reported on this twist, he famous that Sandra and Rob “are there to supply recommendation and steerage to the crop of recent castaways,” to not really play the sport.

How will they be used, then? Survivor South Africa’s fifth season, Survivor South Africa: Champions, had two athletes captain the 2 tribes: they picked tribes and competed in challenges and went to Tribal Council, however they weren’t precise gamers. After the merge, they turned a part of the jury.

That doesn’t appear to be what Rob and Sandra can be doing, although.

Martin Holmes later reported—citing a Survivor Sucks person because the preliminary supply of the twist—that they are going to be there to offer recommendation:

“All through the season, gamers can be despatched to the Island of the Idols by way of varied strategies, and whereas there they’ve an opportunity to achieve recommendation and benefits from the pair of previous champions. … Rob and Sandra are NOT lively gamers throughout the sport, which means they don’t seem to be eligible to win the prize cash, and their involvement within the season will stay a secret to the forged, a minimum of for some time.”

That’s much like Debbie profitable time with John Cochran throughout Survivor: Recreation Changers.

The excellent news is that there isn’t any Fringe of Extinction returning for season 39, so gamers voted out can be really voted out.

But when it is a repeat of Ghost Island, can Survivor enhance the way it used that twist? Gamers despatched to Ghost Island typically didn’t get to do something in any respect. Solely on a number of events did those that visited have an opportunity to get a bonus or idol that’d come from an earlier season—and so they did that by selecting to play a ridiculously straightforward and overly easy video games of probability that it provided gamers who had been despatched there. Survivor Ghost Island’s ultimate, beyond-stupid twist was to have Dom select which voting urn can be used on the ultimate Tribal Council.

Hopefully, the producers have discovered from Ghost Island and can make the Island of the Idols extra helpful, and make Rob and Sandra’s presence imply one thing as an alternative of simply losing time and taking focus away from permitting us to get to know the brand new gamers.

Who’re Survivor’s new—and returning?—forged members?

Survivor Game Changers, Sandra Diaz-Twine, The Stakes Have Been RaisedSurvivor Game Changers, Sandra Diaz-Twine, The Stakes Have Been RaisedSandra Diaz-Twine, the Survivor queen for actual, throughout Survivor Recreation Changers episode one, The Stakes Have Been Raised. (Picture by Robert Voets/CBS Leisure)

The excellent news is that the one returning gamers are Sandra and Rob.

The precise gamers—apparently 20 individuals—can be totally new to Survivor, although a few of them could also be acquainted to you.

Inside Survivor’s Martin Holmes has up to now recognized 11 of the 20 forged members, and so they embody:

Swimmer and Olympic silver and bronze medalist Elizabeth BeiselProfessional poker participant and World Collection of Poker winner Ronnie Bardah“Air Drive veteran, athlete, inventor, and self-identifying stoner” Tra’mese “Missy” ByrdA Hollywood supervisor, Dan Spilo, who co-owns the expertise company Trade Leisure PartnersJack Nichting, a graduate scholar who interned within the Trump White Home and posted his audition video to YouTube. Watch it:

The Survivor season 39: Island of the Idols preview

Jeff Probst, Survivor Ghost Island reunionJeff Probst, Survivor Ghost Island reunionJeff Probst in the course of the stay Survivor Ghost Island reunion, pointing away from the individuals he now makes Survivor for. (Picture by Monty Brinton/CBS Leisure)

On the finish of the Survivor Fringe of Extinction reunion, we are able to count on Jeff Probst will tease season 39 and present a trailer for it.

When that preview is posted on-line by CBS, I’ll replace and embody it right here, together with another info Jeff Probst shares.

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