An article at the Daily Telegraph has given Nine a serve for apparently jumping on the Survivor bandwagon and having the nerve to screen the new US season with Jeff Probst.
“We at Confidential were slightly bemused yesterday to receive a press release touting Survivor — from Channel Nine,” it notes.
“While Ten has invested in a local version of the longstanding format, Nine has opted to screen the 33rd season of the adventure-reality series made in the USA.”
“This isn’t the first time that the Nine network has imported an American format to compete with Ten’s local version,” it suggests, claiming Nine screened the US Bachelor after TEN launched its local version.
I have no idea what planet they are on, but let’s get a few things straight.
US Survivor debuted on Nine back in 2000 with the inaugural winner Richard Hatch. Nude guy. Look him up. Since then we’ve had about 32 seasons. Nine actually even attempted its own local version back in 2002. It was pretty lousy. Seven even screened a Celebrity version in 2006 won by Guy Leech (spoiler alert in case you hadn’t heard?).
US Survivor been screened on Nine and GO! for years, usually twice a year. The suggestion that Nine is reacting to the local series is as batshit crazy as Johnny Fairplay saying his grandmother had died. Or as conspiratorial as Russell Hantz on a good day.
While we’re at it, The Bachelor first screened on Nine in 2002. Good on TEN for making successful local versions of both but let’s not rewrite history.
Survivor S33 returned in the US today and is back on Nine next Thursday night following The Footy Show. That’s certainly not as prompt as the same day screenings we’ve had for years on GO! and diehard fans are none too pleased. It does suggest Nine is seeking to benefit from the extra noise in the marketplace. But to suggest it’s raining on TEN’s parade is a helluva stretch.
Oh and next Thursday is still September -meaning it isn’t kicking off next month as suggested, either.
Tribe has spoken.