Just heard about this and, yeah, not impressed. I can practically see how they went at it; they got their first ever two-time winner in the 20th season and nobody has ever been able to pull off such a feat since, so they obviously want their second two-time winner for the 40th season. Laaaaaaame. I can't even bring myself to count whoever wins this as the second two-time winner because it's essentially guaranteed to happen. There's nothing special about it because they manufactured it that way. Call me when somebody manages to pull off a two-time victory in a season of mixed past winners and non-winners like Sandra did, then we'll talk.
I'm not even interested on whoever wins this or how they do, not even the ones I like. Sandra's my favorite Survivor player of all time from Day 1 of Pearl Islands and I don't even care if she wins this. Which she's not, obviously. Even if she has the good fortune to be in a strong team that wins challenges, her target is the biggest of them all because these people will be instantly wary of the one person who's won this twice, the right way. Even if she's not good at challenges, her social and strategic gameplay is second to none, so letting her go far in the game is the biggest mistake any of these people could make. Yes, she's always looking out for herself, so when she wants someone out, one can definitely count on her vote, but me, I'd get her out as soon as possible.
Also, I can understand her being angry at Mariano for not telling her he'd be in the season alongside her when she did tell him, since they're supposed to be friends. Classic douche move by Mariano, exactly what I'd expect from him, yet this already gives Sandra a reason to not trust him and want him out, and personally, I really hope so. Mariano's the single most overrated Survivor player ever, I personally hate how he's put on some sort of pedestal, and I'd love to hear him be kicked out early.
And seriously, backstabbing douchebags like Mariano, Tyson and Tony, barf-o-rama on all three of them, people would be smart to vote them out early. I'd sooner trust a great white shark to keep an eye on the kids I babysit while they go swimming dressed as seals than I would to trust any of those jerks.
CBS has revealed scheduling plans for the upcoming season of The Amazing Race and the season finale of Survivor. The broadcaster will air a three-hour season finale of Survivor: Winners at War, which is the 40th season of the reality competition series.
The show, which filmed last summer in Fiji, features twenty returning winners from past Survivor seasons competing for a $2M prize. Following the 39-day battle, host Jeff Probst will crown the winner. During the finale, Probst will virtually connect by video with all 20 players to discuss the highlights of the season. It will air on Wednesday May 13 between 8pm and 11pm. Prior to the finale, CBS will air a two-hour penultimate episode on Wednesday May 6.
A week later, on Wednesday May 20, CBS will debut the 32nd season of The Amazing Race.
Survivor: Winners at War to air virtual reunion during May 13 finale
The Amazing Race will premiere the following week on May 20.
By Dalton Ross April 13, 2020 at 12:30 PM EDT
Survivor: Winners at War has the largest cash prize in the show's history. But the $2 million check will have to be delivered virtually during the show's three-hour May 13 finale and reunion. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the live reading of the votes and reunion show that follows in front of a studio audience cannot take place. Instead, all 20 of the cast members will connect virtually and appear throughout the finale, as well as after the reading of the votes for a modified reunion show. The reunion will follow a two-hour penultimate episode that will air on May 6.
A release from CBS says that, "During the finale, Jeff will also virtually connect by video with all 20 players to discuss the highlights of the season." It also likely means that Probst will likely have to read the final votes while the final three vying for the money will be shown on split-screens from their various remote locations.
A source close to the situation tells EW that plans are still be worked out, but that the format of the three-hour finale/reunion will likely mirror how the show has played out over the past few years, with there being occasional breaks from action on the island as Probst interviews players as they are eliminated, and then there being a chunk of time after the winner is announced for a reunion show in which other cast members are interviewed — only this time all those interviews will take place electronically.
CBS has already delayed filming on season 41 of the franchise due to coronavirus. Season 41 of Survivor was scheduled to begin filming March 24 in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. In a letter to the crew, Jeff Probst wrote that "Our intention is to begin production after the S40 live show. Therefore, subject to new information, our new planned start date for production would be on or about May 19th, 2020. Our intention is to still to shoot both seasons 41 and 42." That revised start date is now in peril as well, and there are questions as to whether Survivor will have time to film installments for both the fall and spring 2021.
However, CBS will keep the Wednesday night reality train at least temporarily on the tracks after Survivor: Winners at War is over with the 32nd edition of The Amazing Race, which will premiere with a two-hour episode on May 20. The season — which has been in the can for a long time — will begin at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, with destinations including Trinidad and Tobago, France, Germany, Kazakhstan and Brazil, among others. (A subsequent season of The Amazing Race was three weeks into filming before being shut down due to COVID 19.)