Survivor starts casting for seasons 21 and 22, which would tape next summer

Survivor is now casting for seasons 21 and 22, although it has not yet been officially renewed by CBS, nor has Jeff Probst announced whether or not he’s returning as host, since his contract expires at the end of season 20. However, it’s typical for the show to start casting before being officially renewed, and if the show is renewed, pre-production would likely begin in January.

The application [PDF] is for both seasons 21 and 22, and says “[f]ilming is presently scheduled to occur for cycles 21 and 22 in summer to fall of 2010,” and I’d bet the show will again film two seasons back-to-back in the same geographic location. That may be rougher on the crew, but it saves money.

Applications are due Jan. 6, although it’s far less likely you’ll be cast this way than in if you’re in the L.A. area and walking around the street looking hot. For Survivor Samoa, just four of the 20 contestants actually applied, and that includes Mike Borassi, who applied last season and was asked back this season after being pulled pre-game. Of the other 15, four applied for other shows (like Amazing Race) and were cast instead for Survivor, which means 12 were recruited off the street.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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