Grab Your Buffs — 'Survivor 41' Officially Has a Start Date!

Jamie Lerner - Author

Jul. 12 2021, Updated 12:34 p.m. ET

Jeff Probst filming 'Survivor 41'
Source: CBS

It’s been too long since we got to see 20 castaways duking it out for their survival — more than a year to be exact. Rumors have been swirling about if and when Survivor 41 will finally come back to our TV screens, and now it seems we might have the answer.

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The previous season being Winners at War, the next season has huge shoes to fill. We don’t know too much about the upcoming Survivor 41, but we now know a little more than we did about when it’s coming out. Plus, host Jeff Probst has subtly confirmed some rumors that have been swirling about potential changes for the 41st season of Survivor.

Jeff Probst and the 'Winners at War' in 'Survivor 40'
Source: CBS
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‘Survivor’ Season 41 stars on September 22, 2021.

CBS has officially announced that Survivor 41 will be coming out as part of its fall 2021 to 2022 lineup. It’s taking back its Wednesday night slot at 8 p.m. EST as part of its fall programming. On July 12, CBS announced that the official start date is Wednesday, Sept. 22!

CBS released the first official trailer for ‘Survivor 41’ which got us all excited for when it comes out.

In the new trailer, we’re still not introduced to the Survivor 41 cast members, but we do get a look at Jeff Probst’s new haircut. Plus, there have been rumors that Seasons 41 and 42 will be shorter than normal, and the trailer seems to confirm this.

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In the first look, Jeff says, “We are super pumped for Survivor 41. It is a brand new game. Fast-paced, super dangerous, very difficult to win, and absolutely entertaining to watch. Fans are gonna love it.” Inside Survivor had previously reported that Survivor 41 will take place over 26 days instead of the usual 39, supposedly because of COVID-19, and the “fast pace” remark seems to confirm this.

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Fans are really excited for ‘Survivor 41’ but are skeptical about the new format.

At this point, Survivor fans are going to be excited about anything that comes out of the franchise, especially the die-hard fans. On the other hand, however, some of us purists are skeptical of some of the upcoming changes.

Not only is it likely that Season 41 was filmed over 26 days rather than 39, but sources have claimed that there will also be fewer players. Both of these seem to make it easier to win the million and the title of "Sole Survivor" at the end.

Jeff Probst filming 'Survivor 41'
Source: CBS
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The season may start with 18 players split up across three tribes, rather than the typical 20 over two tribes, although that’s changed several times throughout the 20 years of Survivor. The other big change? No more themes.

Many fans, especially old-school fans, are happy about this one. While some themes drove incredible seasons, like Millennials vs. Gen X, other themes felt forced and unnatural, like White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar

We don’t know what exactly we should expect out of Survivor 41, but hopefully, it returns to the simplicity that made Survivor great. The strength of the gameplay, the characters, the dynamics, and the brute physical ability and survival skills were always the heart of the show. It seems like Survivor 41 will have all of that, plus 18 new faces to rebirth the long-lasting Survivor franchise.

Survivor 41 will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS starting on Sept. 22.

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