Survivor: Gabon — Earth's Last Eden
is the seventeenth season of the American CBS
competitive reality television
. The premiere aired September 25, 2008, with the first two episodes screened back-to-back.
Applications were due on January 24, 2008. Around March 2008, 800 applicants were selected for an interview by CBS
. Out of these 800, about 48 semi-finalists were selected to go to Los Angeles in April 2008. From these semi-finalists, 18 contestants were selected to participate in the show between late June and mid-July 2008. This season, players sent to Exile Island
had a choice of receiving a clue to the location of a Hidden Immunity
Idol or a comfort item.
On April 13, 2008, at the National Association of Broadcasters
's annual show
, Sony announced that the 17th season of Survivor
would be the first to be shot in high definition
, using Sony XDCAMs
began filming in late June. It marked the second season of the series that was filmed in Africa ( Africa
had been filmed seven years earlier in Kenya
). Reports from Gabon indicate the show was filmed around the coastal towns of Nyonie and Ekwata in the Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve.
Host Jeff Probst
mentioned that preproduction of the series was plagued by shipment delays, a crane toppling over and undesirable wild... Read More