Survivor is back baby! CBS has finally unveiled the 20 new contestants that will compete on the show’s 37th (!!!) Season, called “Survivor: David vs. Goliath.” The 90-minute premiere episode is just three weeks away, on Wednesday, Sept 26th at 8 pm (EST), and I’m more excited than ever!
It’s true: Whether you are a casual fan of the show or a die-hard fan like me, you must admit that Survivor is still the best thing going when it comes to competition-based Reality TV. A “bad” season of Survivor is still better than almost anything else on TV because the format of the show is simply untouchable. It always feels like Christmas when a new season of Survivor comes closer, and trying to figure out where this season will rank if all part of the pre-season fun. Will the theme of “David vs. Goliath” be a giant-sized bust? Will it rank among the all-time great seasons? Or is it destined to fall somewhere in the middle, another “ho-hum” season of TV’s greatest show?
We’ll soon find out! But as we patiently await its official return on Sept 26th, let’s take a look at everything we know about the upcoming season, including just who will be throwing their names into the hat for their chance to win a million dollars, and the title of Sole Survivor.
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The only word that came to mind after tonight’s two-hour Survivor: Ghost Island Finale was “wow.” Just “wow.” Yes, Survivor has been on the air for 36 seasons now, which is 18 (!!!) years for those keeping track. Not only did the Finale produce yet another “Survivor First,” but for the first time in the show’s history the final winning vote came down to a tie, unveiling a little-known tie-breaker rule and sending shock-waves throughout Tribal Council and into living rooms across America. That, and it was exciting throughout, also giving us what will be known as maybe one of the best Tribal Council maneuvers of all-time.
I tell people this all the time: Survivor is THE best Reality TV Competition Show…still. Even it’s “average” seasons are better than most other shows, and I’m so happy that the fans that stuck with this season – which was not universally loved and thought of by many as just “OK” – were rewarded with one tremendous finish.
But before we dive in, as I do at the beginning of every Recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s Survivor: Ghost Island Finale, so if you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add too that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap, and is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.
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