'Survivor' Season Premiere Shrinks to 90 Minutes

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February 7th, 2013

CBS has shortened the season premiere of Survivor: Caramoan - Fans Vs. Favorites from 2 hours to 90 minutes. It will now air from 8-9:30 PM on Wednesday, February 13.

Update: A Big Bang Theory repeat will air at 9:30pm.

Below is an updated pres release reflecting the change:

CBS announcedthe 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN – FANS vs. FAVORITES, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 26th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The spring edition of SURVIVOR will feature the return of one of the game’s greatest pairings: Fans vs. Favorites. Ten ultimate SURVIVOR fans will have the chance to prove they have what it takes when they take on 10 of their favorite players from the past.  Dropped on the exotic Caramoan Islands, the 20 castaways will be divided into two tribes of 10: “The Bikal Tribe,” made up of former players deemed favorites, and “The Gota Tribe,” comprised of ultimate fans of the game. The Favorites may have an edge because of their experience, but they also have a big target on their backs. Meanwhile, the Fans, although inexperienced, can draw on their extensive knowledge of the game to give them an advantage. Who will prevail when these tribes collide and the castaways vie to outwit, outplay and outlast one another for the title of Sole Survivor and the one million dollar prize?

Castaways competing on SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN – FANS vs. FAVORITES (in alphabetical order):




Andrea Boehlke

Age: 23

New York

Entertainment Host and Writer

Survivor: Redemption Island


Brandon Hantz

Age: 21

Katy, Texas

Chemical Disposal

Survivor: South Pacific


Brenda Lowe

Age: 30

Miami, Fla.

Paddleboard Co. Owner

Survivor: Nicaragua


Corinne Kaplan

Age: 33

Los Angeles

Clinical Consultant

Survivor: Gabon


Dawn Meehan

Age: 42

South Jordan, Utah

English Professor

Survivor: South Pacific


Erik Reichenbach

Age: 27

Santa Clarita, Calif.

Comic Book Artist

Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites


Francesca Hogi

Age: 38

Brooklyn, N.Y.


Survivor: Redemption Island


John Cochran

Age: 25

Washington D.C.

Law Student

Survivor: South Pacific


Phillip Sheppard

Age: 54

Santa Monica, Calif.

Software Sales

Survivor: Redemption Island


Malcolm Freberg

Age: 25

Hermosa Beach, Calif.


Survivor: Philippines



Laura Alexander

Age: 23

Washington, D.C.

Administrative Officer


Sherri Biethman

Age: 41

Boise, Idaho

Fast Food Franchisee


Matt Bischoff

Age: 38

Cincinnati, Ohio

BMX Bike Sales


Hope Driskill

Age: 23

Jefferson City, Mo.

Pre-Law Student


Edward “Eddie” Fox

Age: 23

East Brunswick, N.J.



Julia Landauer

Age: 21

Stanford, Calif.

Racecar Driver


Alexandra “Allie” Pohevitz

Age: 25

Oceanside, N.Y.



Michael Snow

Age: 44

New York

Event Planner


Shamar Thomas

Age: 27

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Iraq War Veteran


Reynold Toepfer

Age: 30

San Francisco

Real Estate Sales


SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN – FANS vs. FAVORITES is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Inc.  Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers and Leisa Francis is co-executive producer.

  • Matt

    What will air in the 30 min slot following? A BBT repeat? A Partners burnoff ep? Lol

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “What will air in the 30 min slot following? A BBT repeat? A Partners burnoff ep? Lol”

    BBT repeat. I will add that to the post.

  • Matt

    Seems to me that the premiere was probably already cut to fill a 2 hour slot, I wonder if they just cut 22 mins of filler/boring stuff? Maybe CBS wasn’t happy with what they saw. Jeff Probst has been on the record saying this will be one of their best seasons


    Why would they do that? Reducing a show that grows throughout the night seems an odd choice….further why BBT at 9:30pm? Is it just to hurt Idol or ABC? Or is it to help CSI….would it help CSI? I don’t get it?

  • JayTN

    “Jeff Probst has been on the record saying this will be one of their best seasons”

    I believe he says the same thing every season. Too bad his (lame and unnecessary) talk show won’t live to see a second season.



    Jeff Probst says that every year.

  • CrimTV

    Well TBBT repeats score in the low 3’s, so this isn’t all bad :)

  • Nick

    Inb4 the Big Bang Theory repeat rates higher than Survivor.

  • DeanW

    I hope The Big Bang Theory repeat will help CSI !

  • Dan S

    Still going to be missing Criminal Minds next week

  • MichaelChickless

    Can CSI get near a 3 next week?

  • detroit_fan

    well that stinks. i like 2 hour shows much better

  • MichaelChickless

    @Dan S “Still going to be missing Criminal Minds next week”

    Me too!

  • BigBrotherFan

    Cause cause THE BIG BANG THEROY could really USE THE BOOST in the demo…STUPID


    Why am I not surprised w/ TBBT repeat?

  • Survivor Fan

    From the standpoint of a fan of the show, this makes me worry.

    However, this will make my night less crowded, as I have the Duke-UNC game from 9-11 (GO DUKE!!). I guess that I will watch Survivor from 8-9 and then from ~11- the end.

  • mia

    So they have now cut out a whole half hour of footage from the premier they planned to show in a week, or was this planned weeks ago?

  • Michael

    I wonder how the TBBT rerun will do against the one that TBS will be airing at the same time. It would be funny if those were the top 2 shows in that time slot.

  • David Howell

    The things you can do when you can air a sitcom repeat and have it beat 90% of scripted shows on all of network television…

  • The Booper

    My adult son has been bugging us to watch TBBT for 2 years. We started watching late in Season 5 and now watch many of the reruns on TBS as well as the new ones on CBS. We started by watching the TBS reruns this fall so that was our intro. to the show. This must account for the huge boost in the CBS episodes ratings, all kinds of new viewers now watching.

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