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Survivor 41’s air date and BB23’s finale date are different, so each gets two hours

CBS has announced the premiere dates for Survivor 41 and Tough As Nails season three, in addition to the date for Big Brother 23’s finale.

The premiere and finale of CBS’s two oldest reality competitions typically air on the same fall night, with each show getting 90 minutes.

This year, CBS has scheduled those episodes on different days this year, which allows Survivor to start with a two-hour premiere and BB23 to end with a two-hour premiere.

Survivor has, of course, been off the air since season 40 concluded in 2019, as it was one of the few shows that was not able to resume production during 2020.

Big Brother did air a season in 2020, though it started later, while Tough As Nails filmed its second season in 2020 and aired earlier this year.

CBS’s 2021 reality shows premiere dates

Survivor 41

Survivor 41—and that’s its official title, as Survivor has dropped subtitles—premieres Sept. 22, airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, its usual timeslot.

One week later, on Sept. 29, BB23 concludes with a live finale from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT, following the second episode of Survivor 41.

Big Brother will award its biggest prize ever that night—unless the producers introduce some kind of twist that reduces the prize money for the winner.

With Big Brother having concluded, that clears the way for Tough As Nails season three, which kicks off Oct. 6, and will air immediately following Survivor 41 every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In summary:

  • Survivor 41 premieres Sept. 22, airing Wednesdays at 8
  • Big Brother concludes Sept. 29 at 9 p.m.
  • Tough As Nails premieres Oct. 6, airing Wednesdays at 9

CBS hasn’t announced any other details about Tough As Nails’s return nor Survivor 41, but we do know that the actual game of Survivor will be much shorter, and is taking place once again in Fiji. And of course, BB23 is ongoing right now.

Finally, CBS announced its new realiy show, The Activist, which will premiere Oct. 22 and air Fridays at 8. It’s described as “a competition series aimed at bringing change to important world causes.”

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