Within just a week of announcing plans to produce Australian Survivor in 2016, TEN has been inundated with over 5000 applications.
“The reaction to the announcement has been fantastic,” Stephen Tate, TEN’s Head of Factual and Entertainment told TV Tonight.
“So it’s an indication that there’s a really strong fan base for it and the options that it will give us are incredible.
“I haven’t seen such a fast update on any show I’ve worked on, and I’ve done a lot of constructed reality programmes over the years.”
The casting notice is open to men and women over the age of 18, from all backgrounds and locations around Australia.
It will be produced by Endemol Shine Australia.
“Peter Newman will oversee it and Amilia Fisk is the EP who I did Bachelorette with, so it will be a great team.”
TEN is yet to confirm the destination for their series, but Tate confirms it will be an exotic overseas locale.
“I’m heading off overseas in a couple of weeks for some secret looks at potential locations,” he said.
“It’s really important that the location is both exotic and confronting for an Australian audience.
“We took I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in Africa when we could have made it in the English site here in Australia. We just felt Australian celebrities wouldn’t be afraid of the bush. It’s the same with Survivor, we really need to take people out of their comfort zone.”
Nine first produced an Australian Survivor in 2002 set in South Australia, while Seven mounted a Celebrity Survivor in Vanuatu in 2006.
“The Great Australian Bight wasn’t the best choice of location but I’ve got the benefit of that hindsight. It probably seemed like a great idea at the time,” Tate continued.
“Castaway, the format owners, are based in London and we’re getting benefit of 31 US series and all of the international series. One of the things they’ve said is the ocean is incredibly important and there should be at least one challenge in the water in every episode.”
If you can swim, you can still apply here.