While both “South Pacific” and “One World” have been fairly entertaining as seasons of “Survivor,” there has still been one glaring problem whenever we take a look at the nature scenes — we’ve seen them all before. Samoa has been the setting for a grand total of four seasons now, and it really is time for a change.
With that in mind, we’re more than thrilled by the number of pieces of evidence out there supporting the notion that producers for the CBS hit are going to be coming to Caramoan in the Philippines to shoot the 25th and 26th seasons of the show this spring. Diehard fans have circled this potential location for some time — it’s served as a site of several international editions of the show, and it’s also stunningly beautiful and contains a vibrant mixture of forests and rocky cliffs that make it rather different than Samoa while still being an island. (Let’s just hope for more water challenges than what we have seen in Samoa.)
Local newspapers started to report this news in January, and you can see a good bit more evidence over at Reality Blurred (who has put together a rather nice collection of links showing how production is getting prepared to film in the region). As for the earlier start date for filming than most other “Survivor” seasons, it really has all to do with Jeff Probst trying to get his production set for his upcoming daytime talk show premiering in the fall. (We still don’t know how he is going to do both shows once the talk show is actually up and running.)
Despite being in the mid-twenties in terms of seasons, the ratings for “Survivor” are still going strong — just this past week, for example, we saw the 18-49 numbers surge up to a 3.2 rating despite competition from “American Idol.”
Do you think Caramoan will be a great location for the show?