In 1998, CBS offered Mark Burnett the chance to present his idea of the show to producers, and in October 1999, CBS held a casting call for the new reality show concept. The idea was to maroon sixteen people on an island 20 miles (32 km) away from the mainland of Borneo. Ten main cameras were set on the island that would film the castaways every day. Every three days, a Tribal Council would be held in which one castaway would be voted off the island. The last castaway remaining on the island would win $1 million.
Over 6,000 people applied for the show; 800 were then interviewed in sixteen cities. 48 semifinalists were then chosen, then final sixteen contestants and two replacements were picked. On March 7, 2000, the contestants began their 40 days of Survivor ~ Borneo.
On day 40 at the final tribal council with four votes to three, Richard Hatch became the very first Sole Survivor.
Last night season 28 of survivor began, this time on the island of Cagayan by the Philippines.
Survivor: Cagayan, also known as Survivor: Cagayan — Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty. The season premiered on February 26, 2014 with the first two episodes screened back-to-back, and features eighteen new players divided into three tribes of six based on dominant attribute — athleticism, intelligence, and attractiveness. Survivor has come a long way since Season 1 and the skepticism of CBS, viewers and contestants alike! Today Survivor still has a huge following with roughly 30 million views tuning in!
Brawn, Beauty and Brains is where Cagayan takes us this season!! Who will prevail? Will you be watching?