'Survivor: Africa' Gets October Premiere; 'Survivor 4 ' Airs in March 2002
By Reality TV World staff, 07/24/2001
CBS has announced that 'Survivor: Africa,' the third edition of the reality show, premieres on October 11. The show will run uninterrupted until January 10 when it will wrap up with a two-hour finale. At least that's the plan for now.
"There will be, possibly, in the middle of that, a catch-up show like we did with 'Survivor 2'," CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves told reporters Tuesday during the annual Television Critics Association press tour. "That's still being considered and talked about." There will be some minor changes to the format of the show, including shortening the run from 13 episodes to 12, so that there will be four people left in the final episodes, rather than three. And when it comes to the contestants, Moonves is extremely excited.
"I think the cast of 'Survivor 3' is going to be the best reality group yet we've seen," he says. "I think they're spectacular."
Moonves won't share any other changes, but promises, "There are a few curve balls in it."
While no setting has been announced for the fourth edition of "Survivor," Moonves says the series will likely launch in the first week of March, following the conclusion of Olympic coverage on NBC. However, those plans could change.