More "Survivors" Wanted
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By Joal Ryan
You're 21 (at least). You're in excellent mental health (hopefully). You're willing to divulge "the last outdoor experience that you had."
CBS has the assignment for you.
The network announced Wednesday it's accepting applications for the ninth edition of Survivor, scheduled to air in fall 2004.
The reality series will shoot at an undisclosed "remote location" for seven weeks from May to August of next year.
Per usual, producers are looking for 16 men and women willing to forsake civilization for cutthroat island. Also per usual, top candidates will be vetted out via "extensive" physical and psychological exams.
The rewards are tempting: $1 million for the winner of the game; a gig cohosting ABC's The View for the loser. (Note: That last one may well just apply to Elisabeth Hasselbeck.)
The current edition of Survivor, Pearl Islands, is the third most-watched prime-time show of the 2003-04 season, averaging 20.4 million viewers. The game is expected to vote off its 10th castaway Wednesday night. (CBS moved the show up a night in order to squeeze one final airing into the November sweeps, if not to avoid depicting a group of scraggly, could-be scurvy sufferers as the TV nation feasts on Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.)
The eighth edition of Survivor, All-Stars, reuniting 18 players from the previous seven casts, is currently shooting, well, somewhere. Neither the network nor executive producer Mark Burnett will say exactly where. And neither will say who's playing until at least mid-January. CBS has shared the show's premiere date, though: February 1, following the Roman numeral-heavy Super Bowl XXXVIII.
The machine that is Survivor rolls on with producers preparing to judge hopefuls for the latest game. The 10-page application, quizzing would-be jungle dwellers on their ages, marital and "body-art" statuses and "outdoor experience," is available at CBS.com. A three-minute VHS videotape, relating why you, the nearsighted bookkeeper, "would make the ultimate survivor," is required with the submission.
Those who wish to make their pleas in person may do so at open casting calls--no details yet on the logistics.
Applications and videotapes are due January 27.
The first Survivor, which debuted in May 2000, found its willing sufferers from a talent pool of 6,100, the network said. The second Survivor received more than 50,000 applications. CBS said it's tougher to say the number of hopefuls considered for subsequent editions because a contestant need only submit once to be considered for future games.
This week, Donald Trump bragged that his new reality show, The Apprentice, has set the mark for most applications--215,000. The real-estate mogul will get his chance to outwit and outplay Survivor in the ratings when his series debuts on NBC on January 8.