CBS confirms 'Survivor 19' will be in Samoa, called 'Survivor: Samoa'
By Reality TV World staff, 05/18/2009
CBS has confirmed that this fall's Survivor edition will take place in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa. Survivor: Samoa will be the official title of the nineteenth edition of the long-running reality series.
The network made the announcement at the conclusion of Sunday night's live Survivor: Tocantins reunion show, with host Jeff Probst presenting a preview that confirmed a New Zealand newspaper's March report that a top Samoan resort had canceled New Zealanders' bookings in order to be able to host Survivor's production crew this summer.
"Deep in the exotic waters of the South Pacific, eighteen strangers will be abandoned on the rugged islands of Samoa, a tropical paradise straight from Robert Louis Stevenson's legendary tale, Treasure Island," said Probst during the preview.
"This majestic land of towering waterfalls, mysterious rainforests, and a fierce warrior culture will be the castaways' home for 39 days. Forced to work together, they must learn to adapt or they will be voted out. And in the end, only one will remain to claim the million dollar prize and the title of sole survivor."
Samoa, which was formerly known as Western Samoa and is located only a few hundred miles northeast of New Zealand, is comprised of the western islands of the Samoan Islands group (American Samoa, a United States territory, comprises the eastern islands).
Several other South Pacific Ocean locations -- Borneo, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Marquesas Islands, Palau, Vanuatu -- have also hosted previous Survivor editions, however Samoa will mark Survivor's first return to the area since Survivor: Micronesia, one of the two Survivor editions that has filmed in Palau, was filmed in fall 2007.