A ‘Survivor’ fan turns Twitter into a suggestion box — and host Jeff Probst swiftly makes it into a reality

Survivor: Edge of Extinction” has definitely changed the course of the long-running reality show’s history. With two sets of castaways in different locations and varied rules, it is hard to keep track of everyone’s status let alone all the advantages, disadvantages and, especially,  the all-important immunity idols. Even on a season with one locale, it can be hard to keep track — as Cirie Fields found out on “Survivor: Game Changers” after she realized that she was the only player at tribal council who didn’t have a helpful advantage in their pocket. And she had played on three other seasons previously.

Right now after episode 8, Kelley Wentworth and Lauren O’Connell both have an idol while David Wright and Rick Devens each have half of an idol – neither of which is any good unless they have the second half. Aubry Bracco found an idol, her first after playing on two previous seasons, and was gifted with a second vote by Rick. But once she failed to use either after being blindsided at tribal council and opting to go to Extinction Island, they became null and void, according to host Jeff Probst.

In addition, Aubry found a second vote advantage that she sent to Aurora McCreary on the main island.

But thanks to a March 14 Twitter suggestion made by a “Survivor” fan who goes by @Lynne_13, Probst was moved to institute a helpful upgrade — an idol reminder — that shows up next to the players who have them. Their exchange:

Most fans liked the new addition. “Thank you for implementing! I noticed it tonight, and it was such a great idea from another fan! But some felt that it was a step too far:


For me, anything that helps viewers to keep track of what is happening on this very busy 38th season of “Survivor” is a godsend. Let’s see how many of these captions pop up when episode 9 airs on April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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