Uber-producer Mark Burnett announced today the next destination for the long-running reality show juggernaut Survivor.
They're going to China.
It's probably the most extreme choice of locales since Survivor: Africa
, which seems like years ago. The filming will take place in mainland China, and Burnett describes the location as such, "It's a magic, really epic location.” Well, alrighty then.
I applaud this decision from Burnett and his Survivor
team. While the show has not grown stale (and I don't think it ever will), the island locations have grown a little tired. Again, I think they islands are fine, but it'll be a nice change of pace for the franchise. It'll be interesting to see what kind of landscape they'll have to deal with. Survivor: Africa
was a failed experiment, in my book, because it just seemed like a hellish experience for the contestants. China should be more lush, although it's really impossible to know until we see footage.
It's been said by some that Survivor
is running out of viable locations. That's a load of crap. Islands are the best locations, for a number of reasons (water, beaches, audience familiarity), but Survivor
can work in more extreme places. I'd love to see a Survivor: New Zealand or a Survivor: Patagonia eventually. I'm sure there are various other locations that would fulfill the show's needs, and give us a different look than an island/beach.
It's hard for me to contain my excitement for Survivor: China. Where are they going to be? I'm guessing it's not going to be the desert. As I said, there are lush parts of China. Will we get a Giant Panda sighting? At the end of the day, Survivor
may need to switch it up occasionally to survive. Not all viewers are die-hard Survivor
fans like me, so you probably need a good hook to bring in casual fans.
Filming begins this Summer.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer