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Old 06-07-2008, 06:30 AM   #1
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Survivor Gabon

I know - its months away, but the first bit of news is filtering through...

The Associated Press: Probst: Production problems on 'Survivor: Gabon'

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Probst: Production problems on 'Survivor: Gabon'
By DERRIK J. LANG – 1 day ago

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Probst says the upcoming season of "Survivor" has already hit a few snags. "Survivor: Gabon — Earth's Last Eden" has been plagued with several preproduction problems, Probst told The Associated Press at a restaurant opening Wednesday.

The dilemmas for the 17th season of the CBS reality show, which begins filming in Africa later this month, range from encroaching animals to slow shipments.

"Our shipping has been really delayed," Probst said. "One aspect of 'Survivor' that is different from a lot of shows is that we have to ship throughout the season, and we're about 30 days behind now, which is a major problem. We're going to be fine on the show, but the crew housing is not there. We're going to be in tents."

Other than the habitation hindrance, Probst also said a crane had fallen over and a cargo hold containing about $100,000 worth of food had gone missing. The lumber used for building props and set pieces for challenges and Tribal Council, however, had safely arrived. Probst said the "Survivor" crew was also having an issue with something that was already present: wildlife.

"We have a danger problem with animals that we're trying to figure out how to handle," the "Survivor" host said. "There's so much truly wild life out there, we're not sure what to do. We don't want the animals around for a safety reasons, but we'd love to have a hippo sneak in every so often. I just got a call from our executive producer that we've got hippo tracks at base camp."

"Survivor: Gabon," which will feature 18 castaways living in the wilderness in the West African country, will be filmed in high-definition and is slated to premiere in the fall. It's the first time the competitive reality series has returned to Africa since its Kenya-set third season. Probst said he doesn't think the snafus will halt production.

"These things for us usually have a way of turning into good things," he said.

Source - AP Newswire
Hippos! Of course they can be murderous beasties...

And 18 castaways - hasn't the last few been 20 or was that just Fans VS Favourites?
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:31 AM   #2
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Whoops I misspelt Survivor. Oh jebus! That is not a good start!!
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Jeff in tents and wild animals
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Just the thought of Survivor makes me happy. The shows that are on now all suck IMO, especially the Mole show. I can't wait for Survivor to come back on. I hope they get to the bottom of the delays and challenges they are facing in pre production!
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And 18 castaways - hasn't the last few been 20 or was that just Fans VS Favourites?
Borneo through Pearl Islands - 16
All Stars - 18
Vanuatu - 18
Palau - 18 (after two were eliminated outright)
Guatemala - 18
Panama: Exile Island - 16
Cook Islands - 20
Fiji - 19 (after a female contestant quit before filming)
China - 16
Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites - 20


Personally, I think the two recent seasons with 16 were the best since the last with sixteen (Pearl Islands)...gives us way more time to let the characters develop. Obviously, adding two more people to the cast of China or Panama probably wouldn't have really limited the number of big characters but having only 16 certainly lets the minor ones shine through rather than be an afterthought. On the other end of things, Cook Islands/Fiji were mostly filled with recruits because they wanted a more ethnically varied cast along with people who knew jack about the show. Fiji, for instance, had only one applicant (busdriver Gary). Last season was slightly weak near the first half because of the fans tribe, half of which weren't even hardcore fans in the first place. None of them was remotely entertaining aside from Tracy helping keep the weaklings around.

They'll never go back to sixteen after what happened last season though. Two people quitting for mental reasons (Fairplay/Kathy), one quitting for medical reasons (Chet who was hospitalized after), and two medivacced out of the game (Jonathan/James).

But we should also not go back to 20 which always gives us three or four more people to make the "invisible Survivors Hall of Fame"
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I've just finishing rewatching Vanuatu - and yeah there were a few there that just kind of blahhed me out. Then again the fact I had to sit through Eliza and Twila in almost every damn episode kind of kills that season for me anyhow. I'm gonna watch Palau next.
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I Was telling my mother about this message board and this thread in particular and it got her all excited about a new season of Survivor.
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Any Survivor news is good news When I read the thread title I got excited thinking they bumped up the premiere. I think this is going to be one great season in terms of location!
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^I agree!
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ooooh, I lurve Survivor

but we haven't even seen the last season here
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Ohhhhhh are you in for a pleasant surprise!!
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