Jeff Probst says Survivor is “running out of places” to film

Update: Survivor South Pacific was announced during the finale but there was no mention of the fact that the location is Samoa once again.

Survivor‘s live finale on Sunday will include the announcement that the show is returning to Samoa for its 23rd (and, of course, 24th) season. That is because the show is out of places to go, just like The Real World (which keeps returning to the same cities now).

Appearing on CBS’ creatively named daytime talk show The Talk, Probst explained why. “The truth is about locations, we are running out of places because we’ve been on long enough, and there’s so much unrest, and then you have to have places that are isolated but have enough accommodations for people to stay,” he said.

Some of that makes sense: Not every location has the infrastructure the show and its hundreds of crew members needs. But pegging this on “unrest” is a bit awkward, and Probst is also leaving out one key factor: some countries are too expensive. The show gets incentives from countries to film there, and also saves money thanks to exchange rates and local labor costs. In fact, money is why seasons 23 and 24 aren’t being filmed in Tonga: Despite tax breaks and other concessions offered by Tonga, the production couldn’t make a deal with hotel operators.

Here’s part of Jeff’s appearance on the show, where he also teases that we have “a bunch of blindsides” and “a massacre” coming up on the final two episodes of Survivor Redemption Island.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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