January 29, 2008 08:42 PM by Joe Reality
With the 16th edition of Survivor set to premiere on Thursday, February 7, CBS has announced that the series has already been renewed for two more editions. The 17th and 18th editions of Survivor will air during the 2008-2009 season.
“I am looking forward to many more seasons of SURVIVOR,” said Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Survivor. “It has become an expected treat every Thursday at 8 PM, and I am glad our loyal fans can continue their appointment television with us.”
Also, CBS has announced that Jeff Probst has signed a new contract to continue as host for the two additional seasons. “This kind of longevity is achievable only with loyal viewers. We’ve been very lucky that our fans have stayed with us,” said host Jeff Probst. “I still get excited to get on the plane and travel to another exotic location with another group of adventure seeking, Type A personalities. It is without question the best job I’ve ever had.”
“Survivor is a show that defies ratings gravity,” said Ghen Maynard, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming & Entertainment Content for New Media for CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group. “It is truly remarkable feat to be winning your time period in all ratings categories after 15 editions. The show’s success is testimony to the creativity and passion of Mark, Jeff and the entire production team; and to a brilliant concept that continually introduces new casts and settings, making each season feel like a new series.”
Casting for the 17th edition of Survivor is already underway. Interested applicants can apply via online applications at cbs.com and at open casting calls in select cities.
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