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Survivor delays season 41 production due to Coronavirus

by Sean P. Aune | March 12, 2020March 12, 2020 9:30 am EDT

Delays and cancelations are becoming more common as the Cornavirus pandemic continues. One of the latest announcements comes from the team behind the long-running Survivor series.

Production on season 41 of Survivor was originally due to begin by the end of March, but that has now been postponed to May 19 at the earliest. Survivor host host and executive producer Jeff Probst sent a letter out to the crew about the status of the series.

Hey Survivor crew,

Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date for Survivor season 41.

Though Fiji has no reported cases and is beautifully remote, our crew numbers over 400 and are flying in from over 20 different countries, creating a need for more time to fully analyze and create our new production safety plan.

This situation is unprecedented and we are learning more information every day. It is out of concern for the well-being of all of you that we have taken this step. Our intention is to begin production after the S40 live show. Therefore, subject to new information, our new planned start date for production would be on or about May 19th ,2020. Our intention is to still to shoot both seasons 41 and 42. We know many of you will have questions and we will start a communication chain to keep everybody up to date.

We are the most experienced international television team in the world and for 20 years we have calmly and successfully managed a variety of production issues. We will navigate this one the same way.

Thank you for understanding our need for this extra time to create our plan.


Since moving production to Fiji, Survivor has filmed its fall and spring editions back-to-back to keep the production crew in place and save on costs. Should the production be pushed back further, we’ll just have to wait and see what it does to the seasons 41 and 42.

Survivor season 40, “Winners at War” currently airs on Wednesday nights on CBS.



Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing