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Survivor Season 37 and beyond

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Paul D G, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Paul D G

    Paul D G Screenwriter

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    I know interest in this show has waned over the years and I'm reluctant to start a new thread so I decided to start a thread for all future seasons in case anyone wanted to comment. I hope that's ok.

    I don't have much to say on this season so far. At this point we don't have any favorites and our interests focus on who they're thinking of voting out and rooting for the person we feel was least deserving.

    In week two Jessica went home and we all cheered that the geeks have taken over the tribe and voted out the prom queen. Not that she was the more deserving, it's too early to say, but her and Bi's cliquishness didn't help her chances. i could easily see them prancing around like they were controlling everything.

    As for this week, the person voted out did themselves no favors. They were the better asset to the team, but in the end their attitude killed them.

    I really wanted to start this thread to comment on a different Survivor reality... way back in August as we were looking for something to watch my wife asked when Survivor was back. When I said sometime near the end of Sept the entire family groaned. Google must have been eavesdropping because the next day I got a news story about Russel Hantz was playing in Survivor Australia, which had just recently started it's season, so that night I surprised everyone but watching that.

    I have to say that was one of the best seasons we've seen in a very long time.

    24 contestants (vs 20 in the US). 50 days (vs 39), 25 episodes (vs 14), and it's on twice a week (!) with episodes running anywhere from 50 - 90m sans commercials. Most were around the 74m mark.

    Nearly everything else about it is the same, except the host. The longer episodes revealed more camp relationships, which was nice to see, and the TCs were much longer.

    This past season was Champions vs Contenders, which is very similar in theme to David vs Goliath. But the difference is nearly everyone was athletic. Many of the contestants played professional soccer, rugby, or Aus football. Two were olympic athletes, one was Miss Australia. Most of the competitions were extremely physical, the likes of which we rarely see in the US anymore.

    They also shied away from gimmicks for the most part. There was an Exile Beach, but it came in to play twice - two people were sent there back to back then they had to duel it out to see who returned. And they had something new called Dead Man Walking where that person stayed in the game but was banned from voting for the next two TCs. That person also wound up being sent to Exile their first night. Some hidden idols had special powers, like steal a vote.

    The reunion show was a treat as well because it was old school. They talked, at least briefly, to everyone who played and there was no time wasting talking to the audience or promoting the next season like the US does.
     
  2. Hollywoodaholic

    Hollywoodaholic Edge of Glory?

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    My wife and I are still on board for this show; one of the few airings on television that (for this veteran scriptwriter) is not entirely predictable. We don't have any favorites yet, either, but I'm always a fan of writer Mike White (Enlightened on HBO), who besides being a good writer is a decent human being, and was rooting for him and his dad when they did The Amazing Race.

    That Australia version of Survivor really sounds intriguing. They should import it here.
     
  3. Dheiner

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    I watched a recent season of Survivor: South Africa, which I found more interesting also. At least in part this was because the contestants were NOT mostly model/actors.
     
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    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    Having seen every US season of Survivor, I still end up recording it (I tried to not sample most of the new shows for 2018's fall offering, and may jump in if the reviews are amazing, but not much has piqued my interest in scripted TV shows this fall). I'm pretty much over the challenges (I usually fast-forward through them, and especially the damn puzzle challenges), but the social dynamics of the show still entertain me, so I still have my DVR recording the episodes).
     
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    I still watch and love the show. Best reality show on tv imo.
     
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