Survivor fans will have an unfortunate reality to adapt to this fall. For the first time in nearly two decades, the long-running reality competition series will not air when CBS enters its Fall 2020-21 schedule.
The network confirmed the news on July 14, when it revealed adjustments that were made as a result of Survivor having not yet entered production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it won't be consolation for diehard fans, CBS shared that The Amazing Race will air in Survivor's 8:00 p.m. time slot. Seal Team will follow The Amazing Race at 9:00 p.m., while season 4 of Shemar Moore's S.W.A.T. was moved up and will air at 10:00 p.m.
CBS gives an update on Survivor season 41
CBS did, however, note that there is some hope for Survivor fans, though nothing is firm just yet. In the network's release, they said producers are "continuing to work with officials in Fiji on the appropriate time to start production on its next edition, with health and safety matters the top priority for everyone involved."
"Additional information about production starts and premiere dates for all the series will be announced at a later date," the network's statement added. The Amazing Race, meanwhile, is noted to have completed production on its 32nd season well ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Survivor wants to reassure its devoted fanbase
On Twitter, the series reiterated its commitment to health concerns, but reassured fans by saying, "We can’t wait to hear Jeff say, 'Survivors Ready?'"
We want our fans to know that the health and safety of our cast and crew are of the utmost importance and look forward to returning when the time is right. We can't wait to hear Jeff say, "Survivors Ready?" Read more: https://t.co/Z1lnYjtN1P. pic.twitter.com/NGqCKgcow8— SURVIVOR (@survivorcbs) July 14, 2020
Survivor, which typically airs two seasons per year, would've filmed its 41st and 42nd seasons in Fiji this year. A delay in production was announced in March, which is when the seasons were scheduled to begin filming. Host Jeff Probst said the decision was "for the well-being" of the cast and crew at the time, when concerns about COVID-19 were first on the rise.
Season 40, Winners at War, wrapped up in May 2020. We'll keep fans posted on any new developments for Survivor season 41.