is the fifteenth season of the American CBS
competitive reality television
. The premiere aired September 20, 2007. Host Jeff Probst
claimed the show was the first full American TV series to be filmed entirely within the People's Republic of China
live reunion special, May 13, 2007 It is also the northernmost Survivor season held to date, well outside of the tropical zone.
Applications were due on January 30, 2007. Around March 2007, about 800 applicants were selected for an interview by CBS. Out of those 800, about 48 semi-finalists were selected to go to Los Angeles
in April–May 2007. From these semi-finalists, about 16 were selected to participate in the show between June and August 2007.
Among the many aspects of Chinese culture and history included this season were a Buddhist
ceremony and a tall replica of a historic temple used for Tribal Council
. Each tribe received a copy of The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
. As stated by Probst: "Survivor
is a war. The book deals with leadership and how you defeat the other tribe. It's interesting how much it plays into the game all the way through." The show had "unprecedented access" to several historical Chinese monuments, including the Shaolin Temple
and the Great Wall of China
The "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" slogan used in previous season's logos has been replaced by Chinese characters. The... Read More