On Fire with Jeff Probst: The Official Survivor Podcast

CBS

Grab your torches and go behind the scenes of the Emmy® Award-winning reality series SURVIVOR like never before. Whether you’re a superfan or new to the show, “On Fire with Jeff Probst: The Official Survivor Podcast” is the ultimate companion to Season 46 — revealing HOW the show is made and WHY they do the things they do. Showrunner and Host Jeff Probst answers fan questions and takes you behind the scenes of the series from the executive producer perspective that you can't get anywhere else. This season, Probst is joined by former castaway and Survivor 45 winner Dee Valladares, and producer Jay Wolff who share insights from the player and fan perspectives on each episode. Watch the latest episode of SURVIVOR every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. read less

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On Fire with Jeff Probst: The Official Survival Podcast offers an exclusive analysis of each season of Survivor. Jeff Probst, the CBS show's host, also hosts this podcast. The sound of drums and jungle calls greet listeners at the start of each episode. Jeff lets fans see their favorite show from a new perspective-that of the producer. Along with cohosts Brittany Crapper and Jay Wolff, he shares secrets about how they make the show.

Jeff has been hosting Survivor since 2000, when its first season came out. In 2008 and 2009, he won Emmys for "Best Reality Show Host." Brittany is a producer for Survivor and provides keen insight. Jay is a fan and has worked in television for a long time. Survivor itself has received many accolades. The premise of the show is simple. It involves a deserted island, castaways, challenges, and a million-dollar prize. After over 40 seasons, it continues to enthrall viewers. This podcast tells fans about the things they didn't see on TV.

On Fire with Jeff Probst: The Official Survival Podcast is more than a recap podcast. Episodes reveal how producers prepare for a new season, how they choose contestants, and the purpose of Idols and Advantages. They also analyze each new episode and its best castaway. Jeff discusses the Hidden Immunity Idol and the Beware Advantage in one episode. He also shares introducing the very first Idol in season 11. Producers placed an Idol in a tree so a player would find it and be safe from elimination that week. At that point, they had no further plans, but much has happened since then. In other episodes, they talk about designing challenges and the casting process. Listeners learn how much goes into choosing the right castaways each season

Jeff has become a reality television icon. In this podcast, he reveals how that happened. Fans can learn what happens behind the Survivor camera lens and can send in questions. Jeff answers them and lets listeners tell him why "he sucks," too. On Fire with Jeff Probst: The Official Survival Podcast is an entertaining listen.

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The High Highs and The Low Lows
Oct 12 2023
The High Highs and The Low Lows
How do you know if someone is lying if you haven’t had an opportunity to test their loyalty? When a tribe like Lulu continually faces Tribal Council, trust gets tested with each vote. But for tribes like Reba and Belo who have yet to cast a vote, insecurities only grow as time goes on. Jeff, Jay and Rick dig into Survivor 45 episode 3 which was full of emotional highs and lows. The “Lulu losers” finally win a challenge, giving Kaleb the all-new “Goodwill Advantage” designed to forge future alliances. Speaking of goodwill, Drew’s strategy of sharing his wins is paying off when Kaleb gives him the reward — will Drew come for Rick’s record for advantages won? After all, it’s not about how many advantages you win, but what you do with them...like Sabiyah barbecuing an idol at Tribal... Jeff also shares how they created the elaborate hunt for the Idol — despite the plans, he has no sense of how it will all play out. It’s a true testament to the show’s production teams, whose next-level cinematography skills bring the emotion of the Survivor experience to the screen. Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit pplus.legal/subscription for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We Are Switching Tribes
Oct 19 2023
We Are Switching Tribes
Drop your Buffs®! We are switching tribes—Jeff discusses how they approached the first tribe swap of the new era from the producer's perspective. Some core alliances—Dee and Julie, Drew and Austin—made it through the swap while others, like Brando and Kellie, are now on opposing teams. Rick shares his personal experience of what runs through a castaway’s mind when the new buffs are drawn and talks about some lone wolves—like Emily—who have an opportunity to completely change their gameplay. With a new chance to make moves and test their social games, how will players’ loyalties shake out? Jeff also speaks to how influential Survivor’s editors can be in telling stories from the player’s point-of-view—like unpacking the friction between Katurah and Bruce through Katurah’s eyes rather than Bruce’s. With so many twists and turns in one episode, how could we ignore the shocking departure at Tribal Council? Jeff, Jay, and Rick have different thoughts about who would leave but no one expected another castaway to ask to be voted out in yet another emotional tribal speech. Jeff also answers listeners' questions about previous Survivor traditions he’d like to bring back and the chances of a Tribal Council where everyone loses their vote. And get ready—Jeff braces for the return of "This Is Why You Suck". Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit pplus.legal/subscription for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bad Actors
Dec 14 2023
Bad Actors
Silence your cell phones and raise the curtain — Survivor theatre is about to begin! Jeff, Jay, and Rick discuss how so much of the game is based on acting and how well you can sell your performance. Austin and Dee’s romance continues to heat up, but love seems to be driving decisions for one of them much more than the other. The castaways are in awe of the new Immunity and Reward Challenges they’re faced with in this episode. Months of preparation went into bringing them to life, from the Dream Team testing the obstacles to the art team designing intricate rewards displays. Jeff breaks down how the Survivor production team is unlike any other— guided by years of experience, they just know when and where to capture the shots that will best tell the story of each Challenge. The blindsides are fast and furious this season and no amount of intellect or charm can save you if hubris gets in the way. Will a wolf or goat be left standing after the final Tribal Council? Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit pplus.legal/subscription for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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