'Survivor: Cook Islands' to debut September 14, launch CBS fall lineup
By Reality TV World staff, 08/02/2006
CBS has announced that Survivor: Cook Islands, the formal title for this fall's thirteenth Survivor edition, will launch the network's fall schedule and premiere Thursday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
The reality show's new Exile Island concept -- first introduced in last spring's Survivor: Panama edition -- will return as part of this fall's edition.
A small island chain located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand and populated by fewer than 22,000 residents, the Cook Islands (named after English explorer Captain James Cook) are located in the general South Pacific region as the Marquesas and Vanuatu, the sites of Survivor's fourth and ninth editions. The Cook Islands are also no stranger to Survivor productions -- while CBS's American edition of the show has never previously filmed on the chain, several foreign editions of the show have, including the most recent edition of the United Kingdom's Survivor series.
Following Survivor: Cook Islands' one-hour debut, The Amazing Race 10 will be the next fall CBS series to premiere. The Amazing Race 10 will debut Sunday, September 17 at 8:30PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode. Subsequent episodes will air in the show's new Sundays at 8PM ET/PT time period.
After Survivor: Cook Islands and The Amazing Race 10 roll out, the rest of CBS's new fall primetime schedule will launch on Monday, September 18, the official start of the 2006-2007 Nielsen ratings season. Unlike most other networks, CBS won't stagger the premieres of its new fall lineup over several weeks -- instead, beginning September 18, all 22 shows on CBS's new primetime lineup will begin airing in their regular fall time periods.