Survivor: Ghost Island Has Arrived! Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Season 36

Woohoo and welcome back my Survivor people!

Indulge me for a minute as I take a trip down Survivor Memory Lane (my own personal “Rites of Passage” ceremony, if you will). Remember back when Season 30 seemed like such a huge benchmark for the show? We are now about to begin Season 36 of Survivor and rabid online fans are already looking forward to Season 40…a milestone that suddenly doesn’t seem to be that far out of reach. Did anyone ever imagine that back in the Summer of 2000 when Sue Hawk was giving her “rat and the snake” speech at Tribal Council or when Rudy Boesch was describing that he liked Richard Hatch (“but not in a homosexual way”) that we would still be talking about the cultural phenomenon that is Survivor as we entered 2018?

Here are some stats for you that will blow your mind (credit given here): Did you know that entering into Season 36 – called “Survivor: Ghost Island” – that there have now been 526 (268 men, 268 women) who have played Survivor, with only 34 winners? That there have been over 1400 days of survival on the show, which means over 3 full years have been spent in-game? That there is a contestant this season (Michael Yerger) that was just 1 year-old when Season One debuted in May of 2000?

It’s only fitting that we take a moment to reflect back on what has come before, because on this season of Survivor, the past plays a huge part in things to come. Let’s get you set and ready for the two-hour Premiere of Survivor: Ghost Island, airing at 8pm (EST) on CBS beginning Wednesday, Feb 28!

My Kisses Are Very Private

If you’re a long-time fan of Survivor, you probably know and/or follow Gordon Holmes (and if you don’t or aren’t, then please do!). Gordon has been covering Survivor since Season 17, “Survivor: Gabon,” and is one of the top Survivor press members out there. He is the curator of the Survivor Hall of Fame and covers Survivor for with weekly recaps, exit interviews, and his trusted “Survivor Power Rankings.”

Nearly as long as I’ve been covering Survivor professionally (since Season 20, “Heroes vs. Villains“), I’ve been chatting with Gordon Holmes on my Podcast. Typically we chat prior to the beginning of each season, but we thought it would be interesting to switch things up this season and chat during Season 35. Keep reading for some highlights from my most recent interview with Gordon and for a link to the full Podcast discussion.

Survivor Finale

That’s pretty much the question isn’t it? Tonight, the 34th (!!!) season of Survivor – the world’s greatest Reality Competition TV Show – will come to a close, where one of the six remaining “game changers” will be crowned the Sole Survivor and win a million dollars. Like we have grown accustomed to, tonight we will be treated with a two-hour finale episode, followed by the one-hour live reunion show, where hopefully Sia doesn’t show up this year.

And boy oh boy is there a lot of game still to be played. Not only are we down to six people, but there are still three Immunity Idols and the “Legacy Advantage” still in play heading into tonight. Get strapped in and ready, because we’re about to break down the chances of the remaining players left in the game and get you set for tonight’s big finish.


Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

We have reached the penultimate episode of Survivor: Game Changers and it looks to be a doozy. Heading into tonight, there are still eight contestants, three hidden Immunity Idols, a Legacy Advantage, and a “Steal-A-Vote” Advantage in play, so all signs point to a strong and dramatic finish.

That will be evident tonight, when not one but TWO players will be sent to the jury during the show’s two Tribal Councils. It is not a two-hour “double” episode, but will instead feature two Tribal Councils in the show’s normal one-hour time-slot. That means that you can expect a fast-pace tonight as we dwindle the numbers down to the final six players that will have made it to next week’s Survivor: Game Changers finale.

To get caught up before heading into tonight’s new episode – you can access last week’s podcast here. You can also read last week’s recap here.


Reinventing How This Game Is Played

Last week’s episode of Survivor was heavy on “reshuffling” metaphors, but this week takes it a step further, with an episode entitled “Reinventing How This Game Is Played.” There are now just 10 players left in the game as we enter the final month of Survivor: Game Changers…and there appears to be a lot more game to be played.

To get caught up before heading into tonight’s new episode – you can access last week’s Podcast and Interview with Debbie here. You can also read last week’s recap here.


Vote Early, Vote Often

Alpha Males have been dropping like flies in recent weeks on Survivor: Game Changers, with four straight men having their torches snuffed a bit prematurely. But as the testosterone levels dwindle, the unpredictability of this season’s twists continues to ramp up. Tonight’s episode will include at least three major game twists, sure to keep the 15 remaining players on their toes.

In case you missed last week’s episode, you can get caught up here with our Episode 4 Recap, as well as the Exit Interview with last week’s voted out contestant.



Boom! And we’re back! As the world seems to be crumbling down around us, with uncertainty and disparity filling the hearts of many, there’s one steady, reliable rock you can always count on:  Survivor! On Wednesday, March 8, Survivor is back for its 34th season with an extra-long, 120-minute Premiere Episode, beginning at 8 pm (EST) on CBS. Yes, the one thing that I hear people ask me all the time from people who don’t watch the show is: Survivor?!? That show is still on?!? Well not only is it on, but it’s going strong. Wednesday’s premiere marks the 500th episode of the show, the longest-running Reality Competition Show on TV, with no signs of stopping anytime soon.

For those counting, CBS released some unbelievable stats to celebrate the occasion:  Survivor has now been on for 17 (!!!) years, with 498 contestants competing over 18 countries, 110 tribes and 1290 days, and the show has earned 56 Emmy nominations. There have been 46 states represented (can you guess which four have not?) and they’ve recorded over 99,000 hours of footage. There have been 14 medical evacuations, 511 torches snuffed and 48 hidden Immunity Idols used. The oldest player (Rudy Boesch) was 76 and the youngest (Will Wahl) was 18. Counting Sandra‘s double-win, there have been 19 male and 14 female winners crowned as Sole Survivor.


Survivor finale

As Boyz II Men famously stated, so now we’ve come…to the end, of, the road. Yes, the Finale of Season 33 is finally upon us, capping off what can only be described as an exciting, unpredictable, and thrilling season of Survivor. We enter tonight’s two-hour finale with six remaining players vying for the million dollar prize and title of Sole Survivor. You’ve got three remaining Millennials: Adam Klein, Hannah Shapiro, and Jay Starrett. You’ve got three remaining Gen-Xers: Bret LaBelle, Ken McNickle, and David Wright. One of these six will become the 32nd person to ever win Survivor…one of their names will go down in history.

Let’s get you set and ready for tonight’s big finale, followed by the one-hour live reunion show, and take a look at the chances each of the remaining six have at winning the game.