Survivor 43 got announced! This 20-year-old show celebrates the ending of its 42nd season. Survivor started allowing Canadians to compete in Survivor 41, and it ended the drought of female winners. After Having seven male winners in a row, Survivor 41 created a new trend.
Two Canadian women of Color won in a row. Maryanne Oketch, a 23 seminary Student from Canada, continues the trend of women winning. She clumsily started the game and would have been voted off earlier if her team had lost. By the time she reached the merge, her maturity and self-awareness improved, giving the complete control of her game. Maryanne is the first female winner after 20 years. The last Black female winner before her was Vecepia Towery.
Survivor 43 Sneak peak
CBS continued the trend of having 50% people of color casting, and this new Season has 60% people of color in the cast. Twenty years ago, most Seasons had two token African American contestants with another token POC while the rest of the cast was primarily white.
I miss the times when the title of a Survivor Season is the location, like Survivor Amazon, Survivor Guatemala, Survivor China, etc… But we now have simple numbers because of cost-cutting. CBS made a deal with the Fijian government that made them pay less Tax because the show promotes Fiji’s tourism. To make it worse, Jeff Probst fell in love with Fiji and bought a house there. Fans are a bit upset that the game is now 26 days only. It used to be 39 days, but because of Covid, there was a 14-day quarantine. Jeff enjoys the fast-paced 26-day format, so he decided to make it permanent. I’m not too fond of those changes, but Fans of old-school style Survivor can still enjoy that with the Australian version, which uses a 50-day format for a lower cash price.
CBS will continue the three tribes of 6 format. The Tribe names will be named after local trees in Fiji.
After the Victories of Erika Casupanan and Maryanne Oketch, There will be no Canadian contestants this Season. Two Canadian winners in a row mean less Tax for the US.