Hmm...I will admit that I don't think I've watched Survivor since it's All Stars edition a while back and don't really plan on going back to it. BUT, the peeps over at the show are still trying to get viewers to watch by constantly throwing in new twists and turns and they have a pretty lame one for the upcoming 13th installment of the series. Survivor's host Jeff Probst confirmed on The Early Show this morning that the participating cast members will be divided up not into 2 tribes as usual, but into four tribes divided by race. Ummm, okaaay. 20 cast members consisting of 5 whites, 5 blacks, 5 Asians and 5 Hispanics will compete against each other (or at least until the merge) to see who will be the "Ultimate Survivor." Probst doesn't see anything odd or distasteful about this new move and has defended the shows new twist by saying:
"The idea for this actually came from the criticism that Survivor was not ethnically diverse enough, because for whatever reason, we always have a low number of minority applicants apply for the show." "So we set out and said, let's turn this criticism into creative for the show. And I think it fits perfectly with what Survivor does, which is, it is a social experiment, and this is adding another layer to that experiment which is taking the show to a completely different level." "It's not just 18 white people." "Suddenly you have new slang, new rituals, people doing things like making fire in ways that haven't been done on Survivor. I think we have a season where people will say you can never go back to what you were before."
Hmmm, I'm all for an ethnically diverse cast on Survivor, but dividing the competitors by race doesn't feel too creative to me. As Probst said, it does bring the show to a completely different level, although, I'm not quite sure it's the level they had hoped to attain. Survivor: Cook Islands premieres September 14th on CBS.
Source: E! Online