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Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden (2000)

JEFF PROBST
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JEFF PROBST

Details Start Date: May 31, 2000; Genre: Reality TV; Network: CBS

8-9 PM · CBS · Debuts Sept. 25

Host Jeff Probst says season 17 is attuned to its African environment: ''Rather than build a wall for them to scale over, we had them scale a wall that existed in nature. Our challenge [team] flew over one area and said, 'This looks like a golf course.' And so we thought, 'Let's do a Survivor golf course challenge.''' With contestants ranging from an Olympic gold medalist to a videogame nerd, Probst likes the mix of characters: ''The theme this year is good versus evil. Who's going to win, a good person or an evil person?... Being earnest does not keep you in the game.''

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Originally posted Sep 03, 2008 Published in issue #1010-1011 Sep 12, 2008 Order article reprints