A few months ago, we informed you of the latest information about the 15th edition of CBS’ Survivor: China, to be held…in China (surpise, surprise). In a few short weeks, the show will debut after filming its episodes during July and August. As the stentorian narrator in this early promo for the show says,
“For the first time, a major American show goes behind the Great Wall to shoot entirely in China. It’s a place where the strategy of war became an art.”
And cue the quotes from The Art of War. Naturally, every contestant was given a copy of that book. We’re not kidding.
While initially, an island near the Chinese mainland coast (not one of those disputed ones with Japan) was believed to be the setting for the show, that rumor proved to be false. The true location of the shoot was actually near or around the part of the large Zhelin Reservoir (柘林水库) located in Wuning county (武宁县), Jiujiang city (九江市), in Jiangxi province (江西省). In accordance with Survivor tradition, the names of both “tribes” or teams are a tribute to the host country’s culture. In this case, the names of the tribes are Flying Dragons (飞龙) and Fighting Tigers (战虎)…hmm…sounds familiar. Allegedly, the show will be using an ancient Shaolin temple and the Great Wall for unknown reasons, even though to the best of our knowledge the Great Wall is not in Jiangxi province. While the show has been known to place contestants in difficult environmental conditions, this season should be no exception, with the host of the show describing the heat and humidity of Jiangxi province as “indescribable.” Clearly he has never experienced the body odor wetlands of Line 1 during rush hour.
On the show’s official website, you can learn more about the two tribes by getting to know some of the contestants, including the Hong Kong-born party girl, who got kicked out of UCLA. Perhaps we’ve seen her at Zapata’s. She is one of two contestants of East Asian heritage on the show (okay…one and a half). Curiously, SurvivorChina.net, one of the blogs covering the show’s first dabble in China is blocked. On their site, they claim that yet another Survivor season will be filmed in China with no location known yet, that will air in 2008.
In two weeks, the show will premiere over CBS stations in America. We are too po for satellite television and don’t even know if it’s available in Shanghai. But if you want to see heavy editing and reality writing at its finest, you can tune in on Thursday, September 20 at 8pm (EST) for the premiere and every Thursday night thereafter. Of course, there are other ways to view the show, but we would never, ever encourage that kind of activity.