EW Morning Live with Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw

Filming of the 29th season of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur began Monday, June 1.
Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw are reporting each morning this week from the Survivor San Juan Del Sur location on EW's Morning Live (Sirius XM Channel 105)

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Monday, June 2 - Interview with Jeff Probst

Probst:  We just lost two contestants yesterday.  We came out here with 20.  We spend months casting our show.  You finally get your 20 people and then, through no fault of their own, just a medical situation, they can't play.  Instead of 20 it puts us at 18.  Instead of equal men and women, it puts us at unequal men and women.  When we had to tell the producers, nobody even paused in walking forward.  You can't recast.  You can't say, "Let's push the shoot a week." We're shooting regardless of what the weather is doing.  We are shooting in 48 hours with 18. 



Tuesday, June 3 - Interview with Jordan Ferrer, Art Director

- Art and Tribal Council will have a Mayan/Aztec theme. 
- More to the Mayan theme, think sacrificial, Tribal Council looks like Tikal (famous Mayan ruin in Guatemala)



Tuesday, June3  - Interview with John Kirhoffer, Challenges Producer

- There are a few ocean water challenges but the surf still is a problem
- Weather already killed one substantial water challenge because the surf was too rough and was knocking around the set pieces too much
- The interview was in the challenges production office because Kirhoffer referenced the white boards on the walls that have challenges listed with pertinent information 
- From the conversation it sounded like many of the challenges have playful rock-n-roll names... Another Brick in the Wall, Almost Framus, Bo Diddley, Temple of the Dog, My Poor Brain

Wednesday, June 4 - Interview with Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst tells Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw that Redemption Island won't be a part of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur

Jeff Probst:  I talked with you guys the week of our last live show.  At the time I told you the truth, which was, Redemption Island was returning, although we weren't going to do what you suggested.  We weren't going to give them the chance to swap out.  We had a different idea in mind.  It worked last time, we got great drama from it.  The Finale ended and I had a chance to breath and then sitting on the creative, no your head goes into the 29th season.  We started looking at it and it started feeling like...I don't know if Redemption Island is the right thing.  I got the cards out and started looking at all the players...and started imagining, what else could you do with people who love each other that would really make it difficult?  We came up with an idea and then everybody puts their two cents in then we formed a new idea.  So I was able to be honest to you guys in the moment and also be misleading to the players, who are out here now and I'm guessing will say to you guys in interviews that they heard Jeff talking to you guys and they know we're doing Redemption Island.  We're not doing Redemption Island.  When you're out, you're out.  It's over.  There is no way to save your loved one.  If they're out, they're gone.  Instead of Redemption Island, we decided, we have this arena being built.  What if, instead of that, we use it for something else?  Something that will make Blood VS Water a little more, interesting.  I think you'll like it and hopefully it works.

Other scoops revealed by Dalton and Jessica:

There is a day 0 for the 2 person teams to bond and get a feel for survival.

Lots of banter between Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw.  They had rehearsed the challenge with other press and dream teamers. It involves players from a tribe each performing a certain leg of the challenge.  Jessica did a leg that involved something similar to skeeball, at which she sucked.  She was throwing overhand instead of underhanded.  Dalton's leg involved dexterity and balance.  The challenge was eventually tweaked a lot to make it harder before the tribes ran it.

There are 4-5 teams that viewers will totally get that they go together, (meaning they look very similar).

Some kind of major event happens while Dalton and Jessica where visiting the camps.  Players scramble to resolve the issue. Dalton said it will definitely make the show.

The other tribe was just laying around their shelter at camp talking about players from other seasons.  One player who would be thought to do good was a loner and not in the mix.  One woman who they thought would be in bad shape was doing great.

Thursday, June 5 - Interview with Matt Van Wagenen, Co-Executive Producer

Matt Van Wagenen:  I'm feeling great about the decision [to not use Redemption Island for Survivor: San Juan Del Sur] because we like to keep things fresh. 

Dalton: I always thought it worked best in Blood Versus Water.  I was very surprised you guys didn't bring it back but I really, really like what you're doing instead of it.  

Matt: With this new twist, we get to see how people respond it.  Are they going to be playing more aggressively now or are they going to be standing back a little bit.  It's always a gamble. 

Dalton:  Final 3 versus Final 2?  We know you're down to 18.  So does that mean Final 2? Philosophically, how do you feel? 

Matt:  It probably sounds like a soft answer, but I don't think you can say one way or the other.  Look at Tocantins, what a great Final 2.  I love Stephen even though he got blown out.  He's the best finalist not to get a single vote.  But you can have a Final 2 that can be a stinker.  Everyone wants to see where realistically you think of these two could win. 

 

Synopsis of Spoilers:

- One team already dropped out before filming due to medical reasons . Instead of 20 players, they will have 18  players

- There is a day 0 for the 2 person teams to bond and get a feel for survival.

- No Redemption Island, instead Redemption Island Arena will be used for a new twist

- Art and Tribal Council will have a Mayan/Aztec theme

- More to the Mayan theme... think sacrificial, Tribal Council looks like Tikal (famous Mayan ruin in Guatemala)

- Press competed in a challenge rehearsal that involved players each performing a certain leg of the challenge.  Jessica did a leg that involved something similar to skeeball, at which she sucked.  She was throwing overhand instead of underhanded.  Dalton's leg involved dexterity and balance.  The challenge was eventually tweaked a lot to make it harder before the tribes ran it.


 

 



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