Survivor fans will be thrilled to find out that the show is finally returning to television! While a new season of the popular reality competition hasn't aired since 2019, we now know that Survivor 41 is heading towards production, making it likely to debut later this year!

Survivor 41: here's when and where it will be filmed

Survivor 41 was originally slated to be filmed in 2020, but was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last month though, the Survivor social media account made the exciting announcement that the upcoming season is officially in production! "We'll see you in Fiji for Season 41," the show wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of host Jeff Probst.

As Gold Derby shares, Survivor 41 will be filmed on the Mamanuca Islands— the show's home base since 2017. Crew members have already started arriving to the islands in staggered groups. Because of the strict protocol surrounding the coronavirus, this method allows each group to quarantine for two weeks before the next arrives. Once the cast and crew has completed this procedure, filming is expected to begin!

Jeff Probst in the 2008 promo for Survivor

Survivor 41 cast could possibly change due to new diversity initiative

Survivor 41 already selected its roster of contestants last February, and had arranged for all the necessary safety precautions to be put in place. They even went through a two-week quarantine before production was postponed. However, the network that airs Survivor introduced a new mandate last November that could be cause for a casting shakeup!

That's because as Gold Derby reports, CBS has called for all of its non-scripted programming to commit to 50% diversity within their casts. This means that on shows like Survivor, half of the contestants must be BIPOC— Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. It will be interesting to see how this change affects the show moving forward!