After 27 seasons, CBS has renewed Survivor for a 29th and 30th season that will both air through 2015. The show originally aired in 2000 and has earned multiple Emmy wins and nominations.
Jeff Probst, who has been the host since the show’s beginning, also signed a new contract agreeing to host and executive produce for the renewed seasons.
“Survivor has been blessed with incredibly loyal fans,” said Probst. “We make this show for them and I am thrilled that we get to do it again.”
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Right now, Survivor wins its Wednesday time slot in all of the key ratings measures, averaging about 11 million viewers a week. It also ranks as the number two reality series on network television for adults between 18 and 49.
“I am thrilled that our fans get to continue their love affair with Survivor on CBS through 2015,” executive producer Mark Burnett said. “This current season has become one of the most-loved seasons ever and I promise our fans to make season 29 and 30 even better — I love Survivor!”
The current season of the show, Survivor: Blood vs. Water (which will have its season finale this Sunday) has created a lot of the buzz for the show with the new spin of putting fan favorites and their loved ones in competition with each other. So much so that Probst said that there is a possibility of more of the same format to come.
“Definitely somewhere down the line,” Probst told Entertainment Weekly last month when asked if they would do another Blood vs. Water. “We’re experimenting now with some casting ideas of how we can do it again and what’s the next version of it. Do you need returning players, or could you bring fresh couples? So we’re looking at all kinds of ideas.”
Although it won’t be immediately: they’ve already finished filming season 28, which will air this spring.
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