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'Survivor' celebrates its upcoming 40th season with a new one-hour retrospective special

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Mon, Jan 13th 2020 12:15 pm

‘Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players,’ airing Wednesday, Feb. 5, on CBS

Parvati Shallow, Jeremy Collins & Rob and Amber Mariano among featured winners breaking down secrets behind their greatest moments

“Survivor” celebrates its upcoming 40th season with a new one-hour special, “Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players,” to be broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

The milestone 40th edition of “Survivor,” hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst, premieres with a special two-hour episode one week later, on Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8 p.m.), on the CBS Television Network.

The retrospective features new interviews with unforgettable players from the past two decades of the groundbreaking series who discuss their biggest moves and favorite moments of the game, including previous winners Rob Mariano (“Redemption Island”), Amber Mariano (“All-Stars”), Jeremy Collins (“Second Chance”), Parvati Shallow (“Fan vs. Favorites”), and Ben Driebergen (“Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers”).

“We had so much fun putting together 20 years of amazing moments that will remind everyone of why ‘Survivor’ is so addicting to watch and so fun to play,” Probst said.

Other moments included in the special:

•Parvati discusses her strategy behind the game-changing move of playing two idols in “Heroes vs. Villains,” and the psychology behind the historic “black widow alliance” that convinced Erik to give up his immunity necklace during “Fans vs. Favorites.”

•Rob and Amber relive falling in love during “All Stars” and Rob’s marriage proposal at the live finale in Madison Square Garden.

•Ben talks about his infamous upside-down “U” and winning the first final four fire-making challenge in “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.”

•Jeremy remembers the anxiety that came with trying to find the first idol hidden within an immunity challenge during “Second Chance.”

•The emotional Tribal Council when Ciera Eastin was forced to vote out her mom, Laura Morett in “Blood vs. Water.”

•The historic Tribal Council in “Game Changers” when fan-favorite Cirie Fields was voted out of the game despite not receiving a single vote.

Plus, life-changing moments with Christian Hubicki (“David vs. Goliath”), Donathan Hurley (“Ghost Island”), David Wright (“Millennials vs. Gen X”), and Cirie Fields (“Panama”), who all overcame personal obstacles when faced with tough situations on the island.

The special will also include a sneak peek of the upcoming season of “Survivor: Winners at War.”

“Survivor” premiered May 31, 2000, and ultimately changed the television landscape. Since the first group of castaways was marooned on the beaches of Borneo 20 years ago, the game has evolved and adapted. Almost 600 castaways have played the game, and only 38 were crowned with the title of “Sole Survivor,” with Sandra Diaz-Twine being the only castaway to earn the title on two separate seasons.

For more information on the previous seasons of “Survivor,” log on to www.cbs.com/survivor.

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