Sixteen average Americans (eighteen in seasons 8, 9 and 11, nineteen in season 14 and twenty in seasons 10 and 13) are abandoned in the middle of some of the most unforgiving places on earth. Divided into teams, they particiapte in challenges and every three days, the losing tribe must trek to Tribal Council to vote out one of their own.
CBS announced today that Survivor has been renewed for Season 39. The good news further extends the veteran competition series' record-setting run as the longest-running reality show on broadcast network television.
On the air since the year 2000 with over 560 total episodes, the series is showing no signs of losing steam, as its ratings consistently top its time slot competition. It is also one of few prime time shows that airs two cycles in a typical television season - another sign that viewers are not tiring of the format.
Season 39 of Survivor, dubbed "Island of the Idols", will premiere this fall. Previous winners Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine will be returning to the game, but as mentors to a new group of contestants.