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Any “survivor” The fan will be aware of the sheer number of changes the show has undergone in recent seasons; there was not only a massive influx of twists and perksincluding some pretty controversialbut the last two seasons have been shortened to 26 days instead of the usual 39 due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine regulations.
Many fans – and former players – have spoken out against the new length of the game, and until now it has been unclear how sustainable this change is. However, given some recent statements from host Jeff Probst, it’s clear that CBS and the “Survivor” crew have made their decision.
The 26-day schedule is “here to stay,” says Probst
According to Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst, the new 26-day shooting schedule for Survivor is permanent. Upon request in a September interview with EW As for the new 26-day format being used in Seasons 43 and beyond, Probst replied, “Yes, the 26-day season will remain.” He added, “This is our new game and we’re very excited for it the future.”
Of course, this announcement also comes into the light Probst’s revelation that the controversial “Hourglass” twist will be scrapped. Although the latter change will be more noticeable to television viewers, many members of the Survivor community are unhappy with the shortened shooting schedule and will certainly be unhappy to hear that it’s permanent.
A notable voice against this move is the “Survivor” legend Ozzy Lusthwho said gold derby in May: “I don’t like that it’s 26 days.” He echoed the opinion of many former participants that they had to go down a harder and longer path, so the new players should do the same, adding: “I think it should go back to 39 and just stick with it.”
Of course, the shortened schedule can also lead to faster – and therefore more difficult – gameplay. As Maryanne Oketchone of only two winners in a 26-day schedule, said in a TVLine exit interview in May:
What’s so much harder in the shorter season is you need to be able to process things quickly. If someone hurts you, it’s just a two-day cycle. That means you have two days to get over it, or you could play emotional and get that person out even if it’s not in your best interest.
Of course, it’s worth noting that many viewers may not have even noticed the change — as with ’41’ and ’42,’ the episode and season lengths will remain the same for future seasons.
Many fans are not happy about the change
Former candidates aren’t the only ones opposed to the now-permanent change. Summarizing the opinion of many viewers, a fan on Reddit noted in light of Probst’s announcement, “The longer the game, the more strategy we get to see. The shorter the game, the more luck and producer influence starts to take over.”
Of course, while many viewers may be annoyed by the change, they should also keep in mind that the shorter the game, the more focused editing can be on the hours they have to work with. So maybe it’s not all bad in the end.
However, what it means for players on the island is another question. Of course, fewer days lead to a completely different game with a completely different character dynamic. For example, merging around day 14/16 instead of around day 21 can make participants feel less connected to their fellow tribesmen and alter their gameplay as a result. As a fan put it:
People say this doesn’t change anything, but the fewer days played, the less time players have to build strong connections with each other. [which] leads to much more play tub play and takes away a lot of the human component…. what made the early seasons so great.
Nonetheless, Erika Kasupanan and Maryanne Oketch – the only two winners in a 26-day game so far – can hardly be considered gamebots. Whether this trend will continue in ’43’ and beyond – or whether we’ll see a winner more accurately stylized as ‘Gamebot’ remains to be seen.
“Survivor 43” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
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