The idea of Celebrity Survivor has been discussed over Survivor’s life; a decade ago, Mark Burnett said it’d been discussed, and was something that he’d consider.
In 2013, Jeff Probst challenged celebrities to agree to a 10-day version of the show, with Neil Patrick Harris saying he was in.
It’s finally happening, except the CBS show will not actually be Celebrity Survivor, but a Survivor-like show with celebrities that’s currently being called Beyond the Edge.
While CBS aired two seasons of Celebrity Big Brother, with the third coming next year, it’s never done a celebrity version of its marquee reality competition, and it still isn’t.
Earlier this week, TMZ reported that a “very Survivor-esque” show was filmed in Panama earlier this fall, featuring a cast of celebrities competing in challenges and a strategic game.
Every one of the cast members has been on reality TV:
- Eboni K. Williams from The Real Housewives of New York City
- Metta World Peace, who’s been on Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars
- Ray Lewis, who’s been on Dancing with the Stars and Lip Sync Battle
- Jodie Sweetin, who’s been on Dancing with the Stars and hosted Pants-Off Dance-Off
- Paulina Porizkova, a former America’s Next Top Model judge
- Colton Underwood, who definitely needs even more attention
The show they’ll compete on will air on CBS next year, but was not produced by Survivor’s production company.
Instead, it comes from Renegade 83, which is best known for producing Naked and Afraid, and its recent spin-off Naked and Afraid of Love. Among its other shows, however, are some low-budget celebrity shows like this silly nonsense, plus the horrible, quickly cancelled You the Jury.
It was filmed in Bocas del Toro, Panama, a chain of islands on the Caribbean coast of Panama, according to Variety, which also reported the show’s title, saying Beyond the Edge “would pit celebs in a Survivor-like battle of strategy, wits and muscle.”
The casting and Central American location make it sound like I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, which aired two seasons: on ABC and, six years later, on NBC, which filmed in Costa Rica. The American versions, at least, were pretty much disasters.
Meanwhile, Deadline reported this odd piece of information: “Jeff Probst has been involved in the project. Although he is not currently officially attached, he is expected to sign on as an exec producer of the show.”
Probst did work on a show that’s already completely filmed without being officially attached to it? That doesn’t make much sense.
With CBS confirming nothing yet, I’m sure more information is to come in the days, weeks, or months ahead.
But it already seems clear that Beyond the Edge will not be the long-awaited Celebrity Survivor, with actual celebrities playing actual Survivor.