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Survivor and Amazing Race are both on CBS’s ‘hopeful’ fall schedule

The Amazing Race 32 won’t be replacing Survivor on Wednesday nights, but joining it. At least, that’s CBS’s current plan, though how or when production on Survivor happens is still a question—as is when the show would actually premiere.

The network unveiled its fall schedule today, as part of its upfront event for advertisers, and also said Undercover Boss would be returning sometime later in the season. It did not say when fall premieres would take place, because that’s not yet known.

Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan waiting for the first team to arrive during the finale of The Amazing Race 31, which aired its finale about a year after production ended
Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan waiting for the first team to arrive during the finale of The Amazing Race 31, which aired its finale about a year after production ended. (Photo by Elizabeth Morris/CBS)

CBS’s announcement of its fall schedule describes Wednesday nights like this:

“Wednesday’s solid schedule adds more reality and adventure. SURVIVOR hosted by Jeff Probst, again starts off the night at 8:00 PM, where it was watched this season by nearly 10 million viewers and is CBS’ #1 broadcast in key demos. At 9:00 PM, a fall edition of the multiple Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE hosted by Phil Keoghan begins another trek around the world. Then at 10:00 PM, the fourth season of military drama SEAL TEAM, starring David Boreanaz, returns to close out the night.”

That uses Amazing Race to fill a timeslot held last year by Seal Team, which moves to 10 p.m. and fills the timeslot that S.W.A.T. filled last fall. (S.W.A.T. has been renewed and will return sometime later in the season, CBS said.)

Only The Amazing Race 32 has actually been filmed—and it’ll be premiering almost two years after it was filmed, since season 32 was filmed the late fall of 2018.

It’s actually the only one of CBS’s fall shows that has been produced, so CBS is betting that production can resume at some point later this summer.

CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl at the TCA summer 2018 press tour
CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl at the TCA summer 2018 press tour (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS)

For CBS’s shows, including Survivor, to premiere as usual in mid-September is “highly unlikely,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told The Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg.

Kahl said that the schedule is a “hopeful” one:

“We are very proud of this schedule and these shows and we’re excited to get them on the air as soon as safely possible. We’re confident — at the very least, hopeful — that production will resume in the summer and we’re hopeful most of these shows will be on this fall.”  

Goldberg reports that “[o]f the network’s fall schedule, only The Amazing Race is completely in the can. The series was held back from its May debut and will be paired with Survivor on Wednesdays with work on the latter reality competition series also expected to resume.”

Kahl told Deadline that, “In terms of Survivor and The Amazing Race, we’ll get those into production as soon as we can safely get back into production. That’s going to be a little more complicated because we literally have to navigate some international waters.”

He added that, for The Amazing Race season 33, which stopped production after just a few legs were filmed, the course may change from what we previously planned.

“If we get back into production, you can trust that we have plotted out all of the safe and smart ways of doing it. Some countries are more affected than others and these producers are some of the best in the business and they will plot out a race that sticks to countries that are safe,” he said.

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