CBS announces 'Survivor: China' will premiere September 20
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 07/18/2007
CBS has announced that Survivor: China -- the fifteenth edition of its long-running reality competition series -- will premiere on Thursday, September 20 at 8PM ET/PT.
Survivor: China will mark the first time a major American television program will film an entire season on location "in the heart of China," which is how host Jeff Probst termed the show's location when CBS formally announced the title of Survivor's fifteenth installment at the conclusion of Survivor: Fiji's May finale.
"This fall, Survivor leaves the tropical islands for something completely different... China, where the modern world meshes with 5,000 years of colorful history," Probst teased in the preview. "The adventure will play out in the shadows of a sacred mountain on the shores of a remote lake in the land known for tigers, giant pandas, snow leopards and ancient tradition."
Probst had previously disclosed China as Survivor's next location when he appeared as a guest co-host on CBS' Live with Regis and Kelly in April. Neither Probst or CBS have formally revealed any additional details about the show's production location, however according to online reports, Survivor: China began filming at Zhelin Lake, a man-made reservoir that was formed by Asia's largest earthen embarkment dam, in late June.
CBS has also not made released any additional details of Survivor: China's cast or what twists are in-store for them, including whether the season will feature the Exile Island concept that has become a Survivorstaple since it twelfth season introduction.
The day before Survivor: China's premiere, CBS will debut the other reality series on its fall schedule -- Kid Nation. Kid Nation, a new reality series that will feature 40 children attempting to establish "a fully-functioning community" in an "uninhabited ghost town," will premiere on Wednesday, September 19 at 8PM ET/PT. Although the 2007-2008 broadcast season won't officially begin until September 24, the remainder of CBS' fall primetime programming schedule -- with the exception of Viva Laughlin, a new musical drama that won't premiere until mid-October -- will launch during the week beginning Sunday, September 23.