SURVIVOR CHALLENGE 1:
BATTLE OF THE SEASONS
44 Survivor Alumni to Return for Historic Reality TV Brawl
Jeff Probst isn't surprised by what he's about to announce.
"We saw this coming for years... the level of interest among some of our show's most famous and well-connected alumni, it had been there for years," the veteran TV show host admits. "Many of these guys and girls stay in touch. They see eachother on All-Star seasons, at Finale and Reunion events, at Reality TV Charity events nationwide. There's definite rivalries for sure, enemies without a doubt, but these players have been no strangers to a little friendly competition here and there."
MTV had been doing it for over a decade - inviting back some of the most notorious reality TV show alumni for RR/RW Challenges in a variety of team and individual competitions, for a chance at winning some great prizes and cold hard cash. Some of the best and most popular ideas from over the years are now being adapted or just flat-out borrowed from the successful MTV series, with an exciting Survivor spin on it.
Hell, they've even brought back one of their most popular hosts for this inaugural Survivor series:
Yup, it's Jonny Moseley.
"We were excited that Jonny readily agreed to host the competition," Jeff beams. "Being different from a regular game of Survivor, I wanted to sit this one out. I wanted to let these Survivor alumni go in there themselves and just duke it out."
The competition will consist of 22 teams, one representing each Survivor season. Each team will feature one male and one female player from each season. After each round of competition, the top 3 teams in the cumulative score tally become "The Innercircle". The Innercircle must meet for 1 hour and decide which 2 of the other remaining teams must face off in a Gauntlet competition - the winning duo stays, and the losing team is sent packing. Each Gauntlet may involve one gender of players or both players, may involve any of 6 different Gauntlet games, and each Gauntlet contest (who competes and what game they play) will be determined by the roll of two dice just seconds before the showdown. While the involvement of an Innercircle appears to transform this game into a popularity contest with bullying, tears, and drama, teams can save themselves during each competition by placing first and thereby earning the LifeShield, granting them immunity from being voted into the Gauntlet for that round, regardless of their cumulative score.
This cycle continues until only 5 pairs remain. These 5 pairs then compete in a Sudden Death challenge, where all cumulative scores are wiped clean and the top 4 teams in that challenge move on to the Finale.
The stakes are high for the Finale. While fourth place walks away with no additional prize money, the third place team shares $100,000 and the runner-up team splits a hefty $250,000. The winning team will garner an unprecedented $5,000,000!
Minor prizes are available throughout the game. Every time a team wins the LifeShield, they add $10,000 to their piggy bank. A fresh $15,000 goes to a team each time they win a Gauntlet competition.
And like the MTV challenges, the game environment will be far from the perils of tropical jungle living. Players will be put up in a luxurious condo conducive to late night drinking, wild romps, and explosive tantrums and arguments.
The members of this cast are no strangers to high-pressure situations. Included in this star-studded roster are 11 Survivors who have won the game, as well as 9 runner-up players. A few of the casting selections may surprise the viewers. "I was thrilled to see who made the cut to be on this challenge," Jeff notes, "just another reason why I'm even more excited to not be hosting it. I think a few of these returning players have no idea what's about to go down. They think this will be about competing in physical challenges and trying to be in peak athletic shape. They're in for a shock."
"Frankly, I'm worried about what this season will do to some of these lasting friendships on the show," Jeff continued on. "It's going to be too brutal out there. Things are going to get very personal and very political. They're playing for $5,000,000. Some of them are going to lose their minds before the season is over."
"I'm glad Moseley's in there hosting this. They're going to need a laid-back silent leader to keep them under control. Seriously, I'm REALLY REALLY worried for these players. It is going to be SO ugly. There's already been so much drama before this. There's been cross-pollination in the All-Star seasons and such. Too many promises and rivalries. It'll be fascinating TV, but extremely painful to be out there on the field living it."
It should be noted that interest in competing on this challenge was extremely strong among the Survivor alumni. Waiting lists experienced almost no movement. Interest was so high for these challenges that planning for a Survivor Challenge 2: Battle of the Sexes is already underway.
"The identity of this show and so many of its players will never be the same," sums up Probst. "It's going to be a long and interesting fight, and I can't wait!"
CAST ANNOUNCEMENT THIS SUNDAY!