'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' announced as next 'Survivor' edition by CBS
By Reality TV World staff, 05/13/2013
CBS has announced this fall's 27th edition of Survivor will be titled Survivor: Blood vs. Water.
The network made the announcement during Sunday night's live reunion show for Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites after viewers were shown a brief teaser video in which blood was dropping into water.
"My suitcases are packed, we leave tomorrow to begin filming our 27th season and rather than tell you where we're going, we decided to tease you with what we're doing. So this is a clue to what we're doing next season," Survivor host Jeff Probst explained before the clip was broadcast.
"That was it, that's all you get!" he later added.
"But I can tell you this, we're very pumped about it. We think it's going to bring another little twist to an already great game and we will share it with you in September."
While no additional details were revealed, the Blood vs. Water title and hesitancy to reveal the season's filming location would seem to all but confirm Internet rumors the season will film on a northern island in the Philippines -- the same 7,107-island country where Survivor's last two editions were filmed back-to-back on a central Philippine island last summer -- and feature returning Survivor castaways competing against family members and loved ones.
Newly-crowned Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites winner and diehard Survivor fan John Cochran shared his thoughts about the possible format twist, which has already generated polarizing reactions from viewers online, in an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday
"I think it has the potential to be either unbelievably dysfunctional and like a train wreck or to be something pretty incredible. And either one, I mean, a train wreck is pretty great too, so either way it could be great. I'm sure, assuming it is a family thing, you have to imagine they're just dying for the opportunity to vote off their loved one," he told Reality TV World.
"I mean, can you imagine? That's like television history stuff, like a father going to his daughter and telling her that they're going to vote her off. I'm salivating at the thought of it. On the returning player thing, am I completely bummed that they're bringing them back all the time? I don't know. Obviously I was a beneficiary of one of those over-use of returning players, so I'm not going to be one to bash it."
"But I do think that the family thing could be good. What's going to matter -- what's going to be big is whether they can cast family members that independently want to play the game. Like if I played the game with my 64-year-old mother, and I was voted off before she was, she would have no desire to continue playing. She'd want to quit immediately. They're going to have to make sure they're going to get a bunch of people that, even if their loved one is gone, they're going to want to keep playing."
Check back with Reality TV World later today for much more from our exclusive interview with Cochran!