Pirate Master will debut on Survivor’s 7th anniversary and fill Big Brother’s timeslot

Mark Burnett’s summer reality show Pirate Master, which filmed in the Caribbean in March, will debut exactly “seven years to the day that ‘Survivor’ first premiered on CBS,” Variety reports.

That’s May 31 at 8 p.m. ET, where it will occupy the timeslot normally reserved for Big Brother‘s results show. Variety says “it’s possible the net could be mulling a change in the ‘Brother’ air pattern.”

Mark Burnett tells TV Guide that the show is “a huge — and hard — adventure, with jumping off waterfalls, swimming up canyon lakes and crossing mud-filled jungles.” Its motto is “Watch your back,” and he says, “Pirates have their own rules, and while they need to work as a group on the expeditions, you never know who’s going to stab you in the back.”

TV Guide says that the eight men and eight women will “dress in period costumes, eat such yummy authentic food as gruel — the officers get better rations — and are ruled over by an elected captain who assigns roles to the crew members and can be overthrown if he doesn’t treat his crew well. … Each week at ‘Pirate’s Court’ — which are, according to Burnett, modeled after actual tribunals — a player is cast off the ship and set adrift on a raft.”

CBS, ‘Survivor’ go to China [Variety]
TV Guide Exclusive: A First Look at CBS’ Pirate Master [TV Guide]

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