Q: Will there be a "Survivor" show this fall? The premiere is usually in late September. Jeff Probst commented in the last reunion show that the pandemic might interfere with filming.

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Jeff Probst was right. Of course, he had hints.

The previous season's reunion episode was held virtually because it aired in mid-May, when the world had already been upended by the coronavirus.

At the time, there was still hope that the show could put together another season in time for the fall, but it was not to be. As it is, it may not be back for a year.

Other reality shows, such as "Love Island" and "Big Brother," have been able to produce new seasons in the midst of the pandemic, but they had the advantage of being done domestically. "Survivor," though it is essentially an exercise in distancing and isolation, is also an international show by nature. Upcoming Season 41 was to be filmed in Fiji, but ongoing travel restrictions meant they couldn't get access.

"Though Fiji has no reported cases and is beautifully remote, our crew numbers 400 and are flying in from 20 different countries, creating a need for more time to fully analyze and create our new production safety plan," Probst said in an official statement.

The plan now, according to the very specialized news site InsideSurvivor.com, is to film next March and April, meaning a delay of a full year (Season 41 should have started shooting last March).


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