Survivor renewed for two more seasons with Jeff Probst as host

CBS has officially renewed Survivor and re-hired its host Jeff Probst for two more seasons. That means the show will continue through next spring, its 18th season.

The 17th season has been casting since last year, and “[f]ilming is presently scheduled to occur in late June- mid-August 2008,” according to the application.

In a press-release-like quote included in The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the renewal, CBS exec Ghen Maynard said, “It is truly a remarkable feat to be winning your time period in all ratings categories after 15 editions. The show’s success is testimony to the creativity and passion of Mark, Jeff and the entire production team and to a brilliant concept that continually introduces new casts and settings, making each season feel like a new series.”

About his return, Jeff Probst said, “I still get excited to get on the plane and travel to another exotic location with another group of adventure-seeking, type-A personalities. It is without question the best job I’ve ever had.”

CBS renews ‘Survivor’ [Hollywood Reporter]

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