Los Angeles, CA- Mark Burnett, producer and creator of the popular "Survivor" reality series on CBS, announced taping is underway for "Survivor: Antarctica", set to premier next fall.
"The American viewer is tired of watching bikini-clad, mostly attractive people ‘surviving' in lush, tropical locales with sunny beaches," explained Burnett. "We're ready to see some real survival on the Darwin level."
In response to criticism that the show will be boring, Burnett says "In terms of scenery, yeah, this show will be a little drab compared to previous seasons. But we're excited about the prospects."
The main difference between this show and prior "Survivor" installments is that there is no crew at the location. Because filming takes place in one of the coldest and most remote regions of Antarctica, "we couldn't find anyone willing to work there." Burnett adds there will be a "crew" of cameras manned by a studio in New Zealand instead.
Many fans want to know about popular "Survivor" host Jeff Probst. Burnett answers that Probst will be completely absent from the series. "We couldn't pay Jeff enough to host this show." In fact, much of the format will be changed for this installment. Namely, there will be no organized competitions and "tribal counsels", weekly elections where contestants vote one another off the show. "We're letting the contestants lead the show by their own actions and drive for ‘survival'."
As an added twist, contestants will not know ahead of time that they should pack for extremely cold weather. They will be left completely to their own devices to find food, water, and shelter.
The sixteen contestants were selected from an open audition at New York State Psychiatric Hospital.
The show is scheduled to air next fall in time for November Sweeps. Check your local listings for dates and times.