There are successful reality shows, and then there's CBS' competition franchise Survivor. Currently in the midst of its whopping 34th season, the series is a game that constantly changes, enthralling its rabid fanbase with two seasons a year. This season has been a doozy, as Survivor: Game Changers brought back a slew of returning castaways vying for the million dollar prize. We've seen blindside after blindside, and now Jeff Probst himself has put in his two cents about what it takes to become the Sole Survivor.
Survivor producer and host Jeff Probst recently spoke to EW about this wild season. After breaking down some of the biggest moments from Season 34, Probst revealed how he thinks castaways should approach the game, saying:
Not gonna lie, those are some excellent points. Let's break down exactly what Jeff Probst is saying to all the future Survivor contestants out there.
To start, Jeff Probst made a point about playing each day like its your last. And this is fair advice, as complacency and comfort can hit you right before one of your allies stabs you in the back and sends you to Ponderosa. Additionally, if you bide your time too long before making a big move, you carry the risk of other players seeing you as weak or a potential goat to take the end. And while that might get you to Final Tribal, it's playing for second or third place.
However, part of Jeff's advice about playing hard may be coming from him as a producer. Big moves make for better TV, so the producers don't want an alliance to stick together and make it to the end. Like Boston Rob's win in Redemption Island, the show becomes a bit stale and boring.
Speaking of alliances, Jeff seems to be going against the idea of finding a group and slaying your enemies. You should certainly have alliances within your group, so you don't get stuck in 5th or 6th place, but Jeff seems to be against the model of majority alliances. Once again, I think this is his producer hat coming through, and encouraging dynamic game play (which translates into fantastic TV).
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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