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Survivor Season 39: Premiere Date, Cast, Trailer, Spoilers, News

April 29, 2019
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‘Survivor’ is an American version of the ‘Survivor’ franchise, which is international, and the reality competition is derived from the Swedish show ‘Expedition Robinson’ that was created by Charlie Parsons and first premiered in 1997. The American version of the series airs on CBS and first premiered on May 31, 2000. The show is hosted by Jeff Probst, who is a television personality. Survivor Productions LLC, Castaway Television Productions, Mark Burnett Productions, One Three Media, United Artists Media Group, and MGM Television are the companies backing the project, while Probst is on board as an executive producer along with Mark Burnett and Charlie Parsons.

The basic premise of the show is about contestants who are left on an isolated island and must fend for themselves, by way of gathering food, water, arranging for clothing and shelter. As they battle it out among themselves, they also have to face various challenges and beat them in order to not be eliminated. As the contestants progressively decrease, the winner eventually gets to take home a million dollars. The show has garnered a large fan base and has become immensely popular over the seasons.

Survivor Cast: Who is in it?

The cast of ‘Survivor’ is solely dependent on the contestants who are part of the show in each season. Since the contestants change over the seasons, there is no fixed cast for the show. However, there have been reports that two of the veterans of the show, “Boston” Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, will be returning for the upcoming season. While the details of their role remain scarce, they will be acting as advisors and mentors, besides helping with the initial elimination rounds. While the details are not yet known, their involvement will be throughout the season.

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Survivor Plot: What is it about?

The plot of ‘Survivor’ is basically about a group of people who are left in an isolated location, and have to figure out how to survive, gathering food, water, shelter and finish the challenges in order to come out on top and win a million dollars. The format of the show is basically about the contestants being divided up into two or more tribes, and they have to compete against each other for privileges like food, immunity, and luxuries. Eventually, as the season progresses, the tribes merge as one and then the players all play against each other individually rather than in a group. Among them, the eventual winner is declared the sole survivor. Over the season, there are tribe meetings where everyone collectively decides who should be eliminated. While this is the core format, the US version introduces several twists to keep players alert at all times. These include the aspect of switching members between tribes, giving the option of redemption, and of short exile, among many others.

The basic aim of the show is to trigger the primal reptilian instinct in the human brain, where a person will only think about watching out for themselves, as they have to face a hostile environment. However, among all this, there is a hint of teamwork at the start, and every member has to pull their own weight, else they will get voted out at the tribe meeting. However, when each one is left to fend for themselves, the really ugly side of human nature comes out, and the show displays how we will go to any lengths to come out on top. This is Darwinism at its finest that we see on the network. A critic summed it up wonderfully, saying, “Survivor isn’t at all about shipwreck victims lost at sea foraging for food. It’s a microcosmic experiment in social Darwinism. ‘Who shall we get rid of today?’ We’ve all wished at some point or another (especially as teenagers) that we could be rid of someone in our life. But we’ve always been taught to mend fences and learn to get along.

The world according to Survivor, however, would teach kids that the best way to get ahead is to rally popular support and eliminate the undesirables.” While the premise might be Darwinian, it is not exactly a survival of the fittest that we see play out in front of us. It takes into consideration the fact that humans have advanced to the point where the brain matters more than the body. Thus the show is more about participants being able to outthink and outsmart their contemporaries to go on and win the prize. There is a lot of duplicitous behavior going around in the show, but it is part of surviving and making the best of a bad situation. The show challenges various aspects of the participants, including their physical constitution and mental fortitude through tests of willpower, patience.

It is not just a reality show, or it is not just about games and guilty pleasure. The show is an interesting study of human behavior which has appealed to the crowds. Hopefully, the series continues in a similar manner in the upcoming season, and we hope to see more of the contestants take it to extremes in order to survive in hostile environments.

Survivor Season 39 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Survivor’ Season 38 premiered on February 20, 2019. While CBS has not announced an official release date for Season 39 yet, there is ample reason to believe that a new season is being made, since contestants from the previous seasons are supposed to return. Since the network always airs two seasons in the same year, we can guess at an estimated release date of the upcoming season, by studying the pattern of release schedules of the previous seasons. ‘Survivor’ Season 39 is expected to air sometime around September 2019, but do stay tuned for an official update.

Survivor Trailer:

While we wait for an update on season 39, check out the season 38 trailer to refresh your memories.

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