Survivor to film twice in Samoa - report

03:00, Aug 13 2009
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DOUBLE THE FUN: Two seasons of Survivor will be filmed back-to-back on Samoa, according to reports.

Survivor will screen two seasons of its top-rating reality television show back-to-back in Samoa in a bid to save costs.

Reports suggest the crew behind Survivor: Samoa - the 19th season of the show currently being filmed in Upolu - will stay on to film the 20th season, but on a different part of the island resort.

The show has only once before filmed in the same place twice - for Survivor: Pearl Islands and the following All Stars edition.

The website Reality Blurred reported host Jeff Probst as saying budget restraints were responsible for the decision.

"This season we’re also doing back-to-back seasons because of budget cuts, and that’s just the truth. We have to do two seasons to save money, because every television show is undergoing some sort of a cut," he reportedly stated to a source.

"And I think that’s going to be hard on people. It’s a long time to be away from home. We’re gone nearly four months. Six weeks was one thing; 14 weeks is another."

Survivor: Samoa caused controversy when it disrupted the wedding plans of many by taking over Aggie Grey's resort for the duration of its stay.

Survivor: Tocantins is currently screening on Thursday nights on TV3.

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