- This is the 40th season for CBS’s reality show.
- The entire cast of Season 40 consists of returning players from previous seasons.
- ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ Episode 1 airs February 12 at 8:00 PM Eastern.
I almost didn’t bother doing odds on the forthcoming Season 40 of Survivor due to my general disgust with the state of reality TV. I get that the entire genre is a ‘work’ and that there’s only a veneer of legitimacy at best. My issue is that even in a predetermined, make believe world the competition has to adhere to whatever form of ‘logic’ they have created therein. If elimination from a show is final, for example, don’t come up with some gimmick to bring contestants back.
I’m at least cautiously optimistic that there will be no such nonsense on Season 40 of Survivor dubbed Winners at War. The entire theme of the show is ‘old school’. All 21 contestants are returnees from previous seasons and all of the challenges–at least according to the show’s majordomo Jeff Probst and challenge producers John Kirhoffer and Chris “Milhouse” Marchand.
Probst has announced a new type of in-game currency called ‘Fire Tokens’:
So how do the tokens play into the game? “Think of tokens as money,” Probst explains. “And the way it works is, everyone starts with one. And when you are voted out you have to will it or bequeath it to somebody still in the game as you head to the Edge of Extinction.” But while players still in the game are then gathering the fire tokens of those who are voted out, that doesn’t mean they have all the power. Rather, it gives the active players the opportunity to barter with those now on the Edge of Extinction.
Based on Probst’s explanation of some well known economic concepts like scarcity and supply/demand it could provide an interesting twist to the competition. He does make the case that it will add a ‘true economy’ to life on the island:
So now we have a true economy in which you have what I need, and I have what you want. And here’s the price and I’m offering to sell it to you.”
Will keep you posted on Probst’s chances to win the Nobel Prize for Economics. Here is the rundown of the official SPORTSINSIDER.COM Survivor: Winners at War betting odds for Episode 1:
‘SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR’ BETTING ODDS
TO WIN ‘SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR’
Yul Kwon +750 Tyson Apostol +750 Parvarti Shallow +750 Wendall Holland +750 Kim Spradling +750 Rob Mariano +750 Ben Driebergen +1500 Tony Vlachos +1500 Adam Klein +1500 Danni Boatwright +1500 Sophie Clarke +1500 Natalie Anderson +2500 Amber Mariano +2500 Ethan Zohn +2500 Jeremy Collins +2500 Sandra Diaz-Twine +2500 Aaron Meredeth +5000 Michelle Fitzgerald +5000 Nick Wilson +5000 Denise Stapley +5000 Sarah Lacina +5000
‘SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR’ EPISODE 1 BETTING ODDS
TO BE VOTED OUT IN EPISODE 1
Rob Mariano +750 Amber Mariano +750 Sophie Clarke +750 Sandra Diaz-Twine +750 Ben Driebergen +900 Tyson Apostol +900 Parvarti Shallow +1500 Tony Vlachos +1500 Natalie Anderson +1500 Adam Klein +1500 Yul Kwon +1500 Kim Spradlin +1500 No Elimination in Episode 1 +2500 Jeremy Collins +2500 Wendell Holland +2500 Aaron Meredeth +5000 Michelle Fitzgerald +5000 Danni Boatwright +5000 Nick Wilson +5000 Denise Stapley +5000 Ethan Zohn +2500 Sarah Lacina +5000
WILL A HIDDEN IDOL BE PLAYED IN EPISODE 1?
WILL ANY CONTESTANT QUIT/BE REMOVED DUE TO INJURY IN EPISODE 1?
Yes +2500 No -5000
WILL ANY CONTESTANT CRY ON CAMERA DURING EPISODE 1?
Yes -210 No +180
WILL ANY CASTAWAY CATCH SEAFOOD IN EPISODE 1?
Yes +300 No -350
WILL A CONTESTANT BE ‘PIXELATED’ DUE TO NUDITY IN EPISODE 1?
GENDER IDENTITY OF NEXT CONTESTANT PIXELATED DUE TO NUDITY?
NEXT CONTESTANT TO BE PIXELATED DUE TO NUDITY?
Tyson Apostol +750 Parvarti Shallow +750 Yul Kwon +750 Sarah Lacina +750 Wendall Holland +750 Michele Fitzgerald +750 Ethan Zohn +1500 Sophie Clarke +1500 Aaron Meredeth +1500 Amber Mariano +1500 Kim Spradling +2500 Danni Boatwright +2500 Ben Driebergen +2500 Natalie Anderson +2500 Rob Mariano +5000 Tony Vlachos +5000 Adam Klein +5000 Nick Wilson +5000 Sandra Diaz-Twine +5000 Jeremy Collins +5000 Denise Stapley +5000
In the previous three propositions pixelation must be due to accidental or intentional nudity and not due to obscene gestures or any other reason. If there is no pixelation due to nudity this season the previous two propositions will be graded ‘no action’.
EPISODE 1 KEY DEMO (18-49) RATINGS
1.2 or Over -130
Under 1.2 +110
EPISODE 1 KEY DEMO (18-49) SHARE
Over 5.5 -150
Under 5.5 +130
EPISODE 1 TOTAL VIEWERSHIP
Over 6.45 Million -150 Under 6.45 Million +130
The previous three TV ratings propositions will be graded using data reported at TV By The Numbers.