Why ‘Survivor’ endures

05.21.14 3 years ago

Why “Survivor” endures
“The show”s blueprint for longevity and success,” says Dalton Ross, “lies in its ability to reinvent itself every single season while retaining elements of the original formula – physical challenges, Tribal Council, the dopey catchphrase 'The tribe has spoken' – that fans know and love. Because you have a new cast every season, there is always a brand new dynamic at play. It”s like pouring 18 to 20 different chemicals into a test tube, shaking it up, and seeing what happens. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn”t. But that”s what”s so genius about the formula: even if one season ends up being a dud, CBS gets to hit the reset button when it”s all over and start anew.” PLUS: Jeff Probst on whether All-stars will be brought back, and Probst considers the past 4 seasons in the Top 10 of all “Survivor” seasons.

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