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  • Marcus Dixon
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    Guys and gals, we need your help compiling the Top 30 ideas for next
    year’s “Survivor” Season 30. It’s a monumental season that deserves a
    game-changing twist. The best ideas will make it into an umcoming Gold
    Derby article. Help!

    Here are the original ideas we’ve come up with so far.

    “Winners vs. Winners”
    A
    season where all castaways are previous $1 million “Survivor” winners.
    It’ll be a true “best of the best” season. Can Sandra Diaz-Twine win a
    third time? Will Tony Vlachos be out-Idoled?

    “Winners vs. Losers”
    One
    tribe is composed of past winners, one tribe is made up of former
    “Survivor” favorites who didn’t clinch the victory. This could be loser
    Rob Cesternino’s chance to finally get back at winner Rob Mariano!

    “Borneo Redux”
    Bring
    back as many of the original Season 1 “Survivor” contestants as
    possible to play again, with the unfortunate exception of B.B. Andersen who passed
    away in 2013. Can Richard Hatch reclaim the title while
    competing against the same group of people?

    “Rivals vs. Rivals”
    “Survivor” has turned many castaways into fierce enemies over the past 14 years, like Rob and Lex from “All-Stars” and Dawn and Brenda from “Caramoan.” Let’s pit these rivals against each other on opposing tribes and watch what happens.

    “Second Chance”
    A
    season that welcomes back castaways who had the unfortunate distinction
    of being voted out first, like poor Francesca Hogi and this season’s
    Nadiya Anderson. Which “Survivor” loser would make the most of their
    second chance in the game?

    “Experts vs. Newbies”
    This season
    would pit “Survivor” experts like you and me — people who’ve studied
    every aspect of the game — against people who’ve never heard of the
    show and think they’re just coming to survive on an island.

    “Jury Stays on the Island”
    Clunky
    title, intriguing concept. We want to see a season where, after being
    voted off, the jury members return to the island with the other tribe
    members. While these jury members wouldn’t be eligible to play for
    reward or immunity or the million dollars, they could still influence
    the game by causing drama, spreading lies and confronting the people who
    voted them out. This twist would also help keep the show interesting as
    the number of castaways dwindles in the final weeks.

    “Celebrities vs. Fanatics”
    A
    tribe of celebrities vs. a tribe of people who idolize them. Get a
    famous sports star like Tiger Woods on one tribe and one of his adoring
    fangirls on the other. Invite a classic 80s TV star like Tony Danza to
    play against the president of his fan club. Could be fun… or creepy.

    “Two Separate Games”
    Have
    two tribes play one game of “Survivor,” while another two tribes play
    another game on the other side of the island. Each pair of tribes
    wouldn’t know about the other pair until it’s time to merge. Surprise!

    “Reality Host Smackdown”
    We’d
    love to see Jeff Probst emcee a season that pits reality hosts like Julie Chen
    (“Big Brother”) and Phil Keoghan (“The Amazing Race”) against Heidi
    Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”). This year’s Emmy winner Jane Lynch
    (“Hollywood Game Night”) can come too, even though she’s not a reality
    host.

    What are YOUR original ideas for Season 30?

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    Daniel B.
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    I would love to see a season that pits all-stars (or winners) versus contestants who were voted out quite early in their original seasons (Some casting suggestions: S2’s Maralyn, Kimmi; S3’s Jessie, Silas; S4’s Hunter, Sarah, Gina; S5’s Robb, Ghandia; S7’s Andrew, S9’s Dolly, S10’s James, S11’s Brian, S12’s Dan, S13’s Billy, S14’s Cao Boi, S15’s Chicken, Ashley; S16’s Joel, Chet; S17’s Ace, S19’s Russell Swan; S21’s Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Tarantino, Tyrone, Kelly B; S22’s Francesca, Kristina, Stephanie; S23’s Semhar, Elyse, Mikayla, Christine; S24’s Kourtney, S25’s Zayne, Angie; S26’s Shamar, Matt; S27’s Brad Culpepper, John; S28’s Garrett, Brice, J’Tia, Cliff, etc.). Or even having a season where the entire cast is made up of pre-jury contestants.

    I also love the idea of an all-winners season, and hopefully they will do it someday. But since there have typically been even-matched seasons of 10 males and 10 females, they might want to wait until they have more than 11 (not all of which were memorable) female contestants to choose from versus the larger pool of 16 male winners they would have to choose from.  I also love the Winners vs. Losers (or, Winners vs. Favorites) season idea.

    Another Winners vs. ____ theme could be pitting the champs up against all runners-up. There have been many upsets at Final Tribal Council over the years, and it might be neat to see them given a second chance, or even see some of them face off against each other:
    Richard vs. Kelly, Tina vs. Colby, Jenna vs. Matt, Danni vs. Stephenie, Aras vs. Danielle, Yul vs. Ozzy, Todd vs. Courtney, Parvati vs. Amanda, JT vs. Stephen, Natalie (or Sandra) vs. Russell, Boston Rob vs. Phillip, Sophie vs. Coach, Kim vs. Chelsea, Denise vs. Skupin (or Lisa), Cochran vs. Dawn, Tyson vs. Gervase (or Monica), Tony vs. Woo

    While I like the idea of a Borneo Redux season, getting everybody from that season back could be quite difficult. Bringing 10 of them back wouldn’t be so hard (ideally Richard, Kelly, Rudy, Susan, Sean, Gervase, Colleen, Jenna, Greg, Gretchen), and then pitting them against 10 of the players from The Australian Outback (Tina, Colby, Jerri, Amber, Skupin, Alicia, Rodger, Keith, Jeff, Elisabeth). However, several of these players mentioned have had issues coming back in the past (Rudy unable to pass a physical, Elisabeth and Colleen declining offers to return, Kelly and Greg not interested, Amber likely to prefer staying at home with her kids, Colby seems to have lost interest in the game).

    But as much as I’d love to see a special theme (preferrably with returning players) for the 30th season, I’m pretty sure filming has already wrapped up, and from what I’ve read, they’ve scrapped the “Survivor Legends” theme they were originally going to go with in favour of yet another all-newbie season. Apparently Jeff Probst says seasons with all new players is “what the fans want,” but I honestly think for the 30th season, fans would want something special.  What a wasted opportunity.  🙁

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    james alexander clim
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    How about a 16 person  diverse interesting cast with no idols, no islands, no gimmick? Final 2, plus awesome theme and cast full of fun characters. 

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    vinny
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    I like the idea of two seperate games but not the all winners one. What about a season where America chooses the contestants (youtube videos/facebook/ whatever)? CBS could narrow it down to a certain # of people and and have them do a quick intro video (3 minutes or something) and vote like the DWTS voting app (IDK if anyone else has that but you get a certain amounts of votes in the voting window).

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    EmmyLoser
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    I like a lot of the ideas in the first post.  As a fan, I definitely prefer all newbie seasons in general to seasons peppered with returning players or even all-star seasons.  

    Survivor: Reboot:  To me, the most amazing thing would be if they could legitimately get a cast composed entirely of people who’ve never seen the show before and don’t know how it works.   I’ve thought many times about how the first few seasons, especially the first one, so heavily influenced the way this game is played.  I’d be so curious to see if the alliance method that dominates the game now would re-emerge if we started all over again with fresh eyes.  How different could the game be if it were being played by people who don’t know how it’s done now?  Honestly, though, it seems impossible that they could find enough interesting people who really don’t know the show and would be willing to participate.

    Survivor: Duover:  What if the season were made entirely of pairs from past seasons who worked together, but never really had much of a shot to win?  People who were real underdogs because of some early shift in the game or whatever the balance of power was, like Spencer and Tasha from Season 28, Reynold and  Eddie from Season 26, Jay and Troyzan from Season 24, and I’m sure others I’m not thinking of.  I know some of these people got pretty far, but they still didn’t seem like they could have made it all the way to the end.

    Survivor: Idol Nation:  Obviously, it’s always interesting when they do something crazy with the idols.  I’d love to see a season where the idol has to be used in the same episode when it was found.   It would not only prevent the annoying thing that sometimes happens when a person has two idols and then is basically just bossing everyone around for weeks on end, and it would lead to so much drama at tribal council.  Imagine people going to tribal and knowing that every time someone is going to use an idol?  Could be crazy.

    Survivor: Nomads:  The tribes change every week.  There are two or three tribes, and just before every reward challenge, the tribes are re-assigned using paint balls or colored rocks.  The tribes stay together through the immunity challenge and tribal council, and then are re-assigned again at the reward challenge.  The tribes wouldn’t merge until very late in the game.

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    Daniel B.
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    Survivor: Nomads:  The tribes change every week.  There are two or three tribes, and just before every reward challenge, the tribes are re-assigned using paint balls or colored rocks.  The tribes stay together through the immunity challenge and tribal council, and then are re-assigned again at the reward challenge.  The tribes wouldn’t merge until very late in the game.

    I like this idea! It would be quite fascinating! 

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    I still like the idea of One World, I just wished they had gone all out with it. I’d love if they made it an individual game from the beginning where it’s all one tribe, everyone living on the same beach. Then for challenges people are randomly selected to compete in groups and then whichever group wins, those individuals are immune from the vote. Then everyone goes to Tribal Council and votes. It might be a bit cumbersome at the beginning but it would be a huge twist that could be really compelling.

    Call it Survivor: Utopia just to dig at Fox. 

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    bondzzz
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    [quote=”EmmyLoser”]Survivor: Nomads:  The tribes change every week.  There are two or three tribes, and just before every reward challenge, the tribes are re-assigned using paint balls or colored rocks.  The tribes stay together through the immunity challenge and tribal council, and then are re-assigned again at the reward challenge.  The tribes wouldn’t merge until very late in the game.

    I like this idea! It would be quite fascinating! [/quote]

    I actually used this twist before while hosting an online game. It does provide from some unpredictability but it also depends on how the tribe is divided.

    Anyway, loving most of the ideas. I’m not sure we can really get people who don’t really know what Survivor is about after 14 years of existence. Even if they don’t know the intricate details, I think they know the basic premise of is.

    One idea which Rob Cesternino has said jokingly on his website is “Survivor Robs vs Johns”. Of course, this is probably something that would never happen (the producers want hot babes on it as well), this would actually result in a good cast from the pool of Robs and Johns that have played.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    Great ideas guys, but we need more!

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    vinny
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    What about a season of Survivor where its army versus Navy

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    24Emmy
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    Survivor: Athletes — An all athletes season. They always leave too early. They don’t need to get the biggest stars of every sport, but not small names either.

     

    Survivor: 30 — Extra long season. 30 people. Two tribes of 15. Each previous season is represented and then there’s one new person.

     

    Survivor: Goldderby Editors/Experts vs. Regular Posters. Self explanatory. 😉

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    EmmyLoser
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    Survivor: Goldderby Editors/Experts vs. Regular Posters. Self explanatory. 😉

    Sign me up! 

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    That Don Guy
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    My top 3 ideas:
    * No The Amazing Race contestants (including ones who have also been on Survivor at some point)
    * No Big Brother contestants (again, including ones who have also been on Survivor at some point)
    * Nobody who has been on more than one season of Survivor

    I don’t think a “first ones eliminated” show is a good idea; you’re penalizing the contestants who finished next-to-last.

    How about “Survivor with decent food and actual beds” – or, as it’s more commonly known, “Diplomacy” (the board game)?  Knowing whom to trust and when to stop trusting them pretty much describes the rules.

    The trouble with surprise gimmicks is, the surprise is pretty much ruined when it is suggested, but nevertheless, how about: at the end of the show, you show the winner the clause in his/her contract that says that while the other contestants get to keep their money, the winner’s million dollars goes to charities?
    Another idea; instead of the final vote choosing a winner, it chooses a final two, where one final challenge decides the winner – who can name more last names of the other contestants?

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    vinny
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    Survivor: Law Enforcement Edition.

      

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    Daniel B.
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    “Survivor: Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty – All-Stars”

    Let’s be honest. When most of us heard about season 28’s B vs B vs B theme, we automatically assumed it would be a “Heroes vs. Villains”-style season of returning players pitting players like Cochran, Rupert and Parvati, all on opposing tribes. And since the BvBvB theme paid off so well despite a lack of familiar faces, I imagine the season of all returnees that we envisioned would be just as enjoyable, if not, even more.

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