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Survivor 19 is still casting along with 20

The 19th season of Survivor, which may be filmed in Samoa, is still casting, even though the deadline was in January 14. The application on cbs.com [PDF] was updated recently to say that “applications are accepted on a rolling basis,” and now is a combined application for both seasons 19 and 20.

I asked casting director Lynne Spillman why they made the change, and she said only, “We are still casting for both.”

Considering what she told me in December–application numbers are “dwindling” even as the same people keep applying, and considering how many Survivor Tocantins cast members didn’t apply on their own–12 out of 16 were recruited; just four applied–it seems pretty obvious that they didn’t get a strong enough group from the earlier deadline, hence the extension.

Production on 19 won’t begin for another two months, so there’s plenty of time to find people, but look for another recruit-heavy season. While applications brought strong characters Sandy, JT, and Coach, so did recruiting; for every Sydney and Jerry, there’s a Taj or Brendan.

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