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Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites Premiere Trimmed From 2 Hours To 90 Minutes

February 09, 2013 08:00 AM by Ryan Haidet

When the cast of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites was first announced, CBS declared that the Feb. 13 premiere would be a massive two-hour event.  Awesome news, right?  Two full hours of the biggest reality battle on television!  Not anymore.  Sadly, the network has decided to trim the 26th season’s debut by 30 minutes and will be filling the 9:30-10 p.m. EST slot by rerunning an episode of an entirely different show.

Earlier this week, CBS surprisingly announced that Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites would be slimmed down to 90 minutes.  The reason?  None was given.  CBS simply altered their initial cast-announcement press release from several weeks back with the following words: “Editor’s note: This release has been updated to reflect the premiere’s new 90-minute running time. Special 90-Minute Season Premiere Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT).”

CBS will be filling that vacant 30 minute slot by an old episode of their hit nerdy comedy The Big Bang Theory.  The episode, titled “The Habitation Configuration,” had an initial airdate on Nov. 8, 2012.

Bummer.  I know.

What are your thoughts on the network’s decision to trim 30 minutes off the premiere episode?  Do you think the move is OK because two hours is too long or are you disappointed the premiere has been trimmed?  Of the favorites tribe, which castaway are you most excited to see returning?  Of the fans tribe, which castaway do you think will fare the best?  In the end, are you rooting for a fan or a favorite to win the $1 million grand prize?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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5 Responses to “Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites Premiere Trimmed From 2 Hours To 90 Minutes”

  1. T-Dawg Says:
    February 9th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Honestly, I think they may have screened the episode and the feedback was horrendous. The facebook responses on the cast announcements and pictures has largely been +95% negative. I’ve never seen this level of distaste for an upcoming season of Survivor.

    It would make sense if the Favorites lose and Malcolm goes home. If they get destroyed in a strength challenge, they could say they don’t need Malcolm. It doesn’t matter how strong he is if they are going to continually come in second place. No one wants to watch if the season favorite goes home first.

    Alternatively, the Favorites could lose due to a moron/klutz like Cochroach or Special Agent. If the B and C-list castaways band together, they could turn on the strong players to preserve themselves. No one wants to see a strong player go home early when a loss was due to deadweight.

    Whatever the reason is, I think something is majorly wrong with the upcoming season. It could be bland people or players making a long series of incredibly stupid decisions (think Survivor: One World). It could be the losers/morons uniting and picking off the good players. I expect ratings to be slightly lower than average for the premiere. The finale will probably see a significant drop.

  2. Dewayne weers Says:
    February 13th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    i think they better think it over again and take a new vgte

  3. Karen Helm Says:
    February 13th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    We are long time viewers but we really object to the men wearing their jockeys. Too revealing! We won’t watch if this continues.

  4. BONNIE VAN VOOREN Says:
    February 14th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I DON’T KNOW WHY I GET EXCITED WHEN A NEW SURVIVOR COMES ON LATELY – IT WAS BORING AND I AM SORRY I WATCHED IT! WHO WANTS TO WATCH THESE LOSER PEOPLE AGAIN!

  5. Jose Salazar Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    The USMC fan that you have on the show has a gang tattoo on his left arm XIV. These Roman numerals stands for the #14 which stands for Norteño…Northener. Please google it and try to blur it out!!!!

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