Report: CBS planning second 'Survivor: All-Stars' for Spring 2008
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/20/2007
Another Survivor: All-Stars is reportedly in the works for the long-running CBS reality competition series' sixteenth installment.
Survivor's second All-Stars edition would bring back castaways from Seasons 9 through 15 and would begin production once Survivor: China concludes filming in July, In TouchWeekly reported in its May 14 issue.
Survivor's first All-Stars installment aired in Spring 2004 and was the eighth edition of the series. It featured 18 castaways from the show's first seven seasons, while Survivor's second All-Stars would reportedly bring back castaways from its seven most recent editions: Survivor: Vanuatu; Survivor: Palau; Survivor: Guatemala; Survivor: Panama; Survivor: Cook Islands; Survivor: Fiji; as well as Fall 2007's Survivor: China.
While four of Survivor's first seven winners -- original Survivor: Borneo champ Richard Hatch; Survivor: The Australian Outback winner Tina West; Survivor: Africa victor Ethan Zohn; and Survivor: The Amazon winner Jenna Morasco -- all appeared on Survivor's first All-Stars edition, that will apparently not be the case for a second All-Stars.
"No winners will be back," an "insider" told In Touch.
Possible non-Survivor winners from the seven most recent seasons who are on the "producers' wish list" for a second All-Stars, according to In Touch, are Survivor: Panama third-place finisher Terry Deitz, fifth-place finisher Shane Powers as well as fourth-place finisher Cirie Fields; and Survivor: Palau third-place finisher Ian Rosenberger, fourth-place finisher Jenn Lyon as well as 16th-place finisher Jeff Wilson.
CBS announced in late January that it ordered two more editions of Survivor -- representing the fifteenth and sixteenth editions of the show -- for broadcast during the 2007-2008 season, presumably meaning a second All-Stars would be the Spring 2008 installment of the series. While CBS has yet to formally announce a second Survivor: All-Stars, long-time host Jeff Probst hinted to reporters in late March that it wouldn't be a total surprise if it happened.
"I think [the fans] do want another All-Stars, and it would not be out of the question to have another one. We're due," Probst told reporters during the conference call with Canadian media outlets. "I will say when the [first Survivor: All-Stars] aired, and I watched how the Survivor audience, the loyal Survivor audience... that's the only reason we're still on the air. And so I've had to really rethink it and realize my own personal preference is really irrelevant. This is a show that we make for the people who watch it. And we've been blessed with a loyal fan base."
Survivor: All-Stars was a ratings juggernaut for CBS. Its post-Super Bowl premiere in February 2004 achieved ratings that the series had not reached since the finale of 2001's Survivor: The Australian Outback and it instantly became the highest rated entertainment broadcast of the 2003-2004 television season. It continued to do very well -- consistently averaging more than 20 million viewers -- with 24.8 million watching the May 2004 finale and 28.36 million watching the reunion show that saw the official formation of "Romber" when Rob Mariano proposed to Amber Brkich, the eventual winner.