The Survivor 43 premiere deviates from the norm in terms of production
The first five minutes of the season premiere are available, and they have some amusing flourishes.
Mike White, a fellow TV producer and former contestant, was contacted by Jeff Probst during Survivor’s prolonged absence in 2020 and 2021 as a result of COVID-19 to let him know what he was planned for the then-upcoming season 41. Probst recounted to EW last year, “When I finished the pitch, I asked him what he thought.” “He took a little pause before responding, “Well, it sounds… interesting.” But is it enjoyable?”
Probst clarified “On Survivor 41, that became the primary creative focus.
I used to ask [executive producer Matt Van Wagenen] the same question every time we spoke: “Is it fun?”” The silly secret words involving broccoli, butterflies, and goats that participants had to repeat in order to find a concealed immunity idol were just one example of how that fun manifested.
We have our first indication that producers are still having a good time in this exclusive sneak preview of the first few minutes of the Survivor 43 premiere, which airs on CBS on September 21. You may see the first episode of the season in the video player at the top of this article.
You’ll get a chance to meet some of the competitors, such as Ryan (who was born three months early and has a mild form of cerebral palsy), Noelle (who lost her leg above the knee in a moped accident and went on to become a Paralympian and currently holds the American record in the 100 metres), and Morriah (who has to be the first contestant in reality TV to say she IS there to make friends).
Additionally, you’ll witness a lot of dramatic video of boats hurriedly transporting players to their island experience as they reflect solemnly into the horizon. And you’ll watch Jeffrey Probst, the best reality television host ever, declare “Who will be able to outwit, outperform, and outlast everyone else? The 43rd survivor is here!”
You can have all the classic Survivor opening material you want and need to get pumped for the upcoming season. However, there is also another thing. We’re not used to fun being brought up so early on the menu.
While Sami is introducing himself to America, the first flourish appears. He says, “Being 19 and so young, I am lot more than just my age. “I am currently enrolled at Brigham Young University, therefore I am a hybrid of a student, pet cremator, and business owner. I embody each of these. such as, look at me. Okay, pretty typical quotation. Producers begin to add jobs to Sami’s chyron graphic at the bottom of the screen as he is recounting all of his various duties, starting with “Student” and moving on to “Student/Pet Cremator” before running out of room and adding “Business Owner Hybrid” diagonally on the side. For a show that frequently takes itself extremely seriously, it’s a cute little touch. That’s not all, though.
Another form-defying statement is made by Owen about pursuing his passion for gaming as a way to live his dream. He says, “I want this so much. In my daydreams, I used to imagine my name appearing in the opening credits. Producers covertly offer him a vintage Survivor mini-credit sequence after that, complete with dramatic slow-motion footage and his name on the screen, exactly like they did in earlier seasons’ opening title sequences.
The fact that Survivor has for years avoided the opening player credits (along with other features like the “Previously on…”) in favour of using that time to display more actual game footage makes that brief moment all the more amazing. Producers can consciously wink at viewers and at themselves in this new era of the show and the game if they can have fun with Owen’s comment in a time when they don’t even air traditional opening titles.
When the hungry, cold, and backstabbing start, a lot of the enjoyment will disappear for the competitors, but it will be interesting to observe how many production flourishes are used throughout the competition. The above video of the opening four minutes of Survivor 43 contains your first taste.