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‘Survivor’ to Finally Start Production on Season 41 in Fiji

CBS reality series has been sidelined for the last year because of the pandemic

“Survivor” is finally headed back to Fiji after being sidelined due to COVID-19.

The 41st season of the long-running CBS series was scheduled to begin shooting on location in Fiji back in March 2020, but was delayed due to the onset of the pandemic. At the time, the network set a tentative plan to begin filming in May “pending worldwide events.” This year was the first time in 20 years that CBS did not have “Survivor” as part of its season.

“Fiji has invited us back to their beautiful country to shoot season 41. We have all of our COVID protocols in place so that everybody in Fiji will remain safe, all of our crew will be safe and of course our players will be safe,” host Jeff Probst said in a video shared to social media on Monday. “I can’t remember a time when I’ve been this pumped to shoot ‘Survivor’ and I’ll tell you why. The past year has reminded me, and I hope it’s reminded you, that you’ve got to live your life like it’s one big great adventure, and ‘Survivor’ fulfills that. So I am thrilled to say I will see you on the island for ‘Survivor’ 41. Let’s do it!”

“Survivor,” CBS’ longest-running reality series, has occupied the Wednesday night 8 p.m. time slot every season since 2010. The most recent edition, “Winners at War,” which featured a cast made up entirely of previous winners, completed its run last May and averaged 7.94 million viewers an episode.

The network has already renewed the show through Season 42.