Survivor has thrilled audiences since its sensational first season in 2000, and it remains one of the best reality shows on TV. But how does a reality show of this sort keep running like a well-oiled machine? What goes on behind the scenes of Survivor? Turns out, there are many things you never knew about Survivor, including the elaborate challenge-testing process you don't get to see on TV.
Survivor's producers are invested in making sure the game is engaging for the audience. Behind-the-scenes planning begins months before shooting in order to create compelling drama and keep the audience coming back week after week, season after season. And of course, a reality show can't go on this long without a few scandals here and there.
A 'Dream Team' Tests Out Challenges Before The ContestantsVideo: YouTube
Jeff Probst Almost Quit In 2009
Contestants Have Smuggled Tools Into The Game
Some Contestants Are Recruited
Even The First Boot Gets Paid
Every Contestant Gets A Designated Camera Operator