Pearl Islands/ PRESS ARTICLES, GENERAL NEWS
a cannonball across SEG's bow, with a treasure trove of spoilers.
Included among these are (chronologically):
- The contestants ate "cucarachas" (cockroaches).
- SEG had a creative definition of "reality" in its "marooning"
at the start of the show, picking the contestants up in
a short distance, and setting up a fake marketplace at
which the Survivors begged, bartered and... whatever. Shocking!
- The early pre-jury bootees housed at Perico were subjected
to reduced rations and induced to exercise after being
booted. This is because... one of them would be going back
on the show. First in was Nicole, second probably Ryan
S., third bootee was male, and an older woman (Lillian
or Trish) joined them at some point.
- The pre-jury contestants then participated in a resurrection
challenge, with the older woman winning. She then re-joined
the game, and won another challenge, involving picking
up heavy objects underwater (that challenge must be rigged
for old people to win).
- Most importantly, there is the matter of the final three.
A man just missed facing the jury, and the older woman
who returned to the game faced the jury, against a younger
new EZ poster
It Must Be Bunnies finds this picture (at
right) of the Drake tribe on TVGuide.com's
server. Later, TV Guide adds it
to their show
guide for S7.
Minutes before the Early Show's cast release on August 28, Antithesys found
the unblocked cast picture and head shots from CBS's photo
essay, all finally uploaded to the CBS site (trust us, they
weren't there the night before).
Sucks EZ board.
out a blacked-out cast photo (at left, click to expand) to
select Survivor site webmasters. Since we suck,
we are not one of them, but those are the breaks.
Bollinger posts the following on EZ:
|(A) new twist may involve
prior bootees coming back into play. For what its worth,
this is a second-hand, unconfirmed rumor. I post it
because it is so unique.
"They said something about people who had been
booted off teaming up and being given the chance to
against the booters. This may compose a 3rd tribe or
perhaps the opportunity to return someone to the game
who had been voted off earlier. This could make for
an interesting twist!"
Sucks EZ board.
pictures of the aqua (Edit: Drake tribe) buff on EZ (click
thumbnails at right to expand).
Later, SNN posts
Griffe's digital photos (at right), and updates their
tribe info: Morgan wears aqua, Drake wears orange, and the
Note: Upon further review, Morgan is orange, Drake is blue.
Eh, pretty close.
Sucks EZ board.
- New photos, tribe color assignments: Survivornews.net
- Updated colors: seen on ET, 8/27/03. Vidcapped by codayoda at EZ.
EZ poster panamavacation arrives, and
lays out the following claims:
- The "marooning... unlike anything experienced by the previous Survivors"
(Jeff Probst's words, above) will involve the contestants buying their own supplies,
rather than being given things by CBS. PV says: "Some of the contestants purchased
good survival items - not necessarily just food, but things that will help them
find food once they are on the island. Others didn't do so good - thinking more
short term, and only buying food. (This last bit of information, might be conjecture
- I'm not sure)."
- Also: The final
two will be "women. One older, one younger....
I also heard that the last one kicked off before the F2 was a man with a beard."
Sucks EZ board
||SNN releases another bevy of spoilers:
- The tribe names will be Drake and Morgan (presumably
the original tribes) and Balboa (merged)
- The tribes' buff colors will be aqua and orange
and black... not necessarily respectively.
- The first bootee is reported to be "a
youngish athletic woman, about 5'6", with short ash
or platinum blonde hair." The second is
said to be "a young, tall,
skinny guy, who looked younger than the girl, but very
unhealthy." Technically, the info can only place these
two as consecutive boots within the first two weeks, but
first boots is a good starting assumption.
- SNN also clarifies that the "Perico" island the booted
players were taken to features 12 cabins built by SEG,
and that the island is a tiny one lying within the triangle
formed by Saboga, Contadora and Bartolome.
||Survivornews.net makes landfall with a trunkload of spoiler booty:
- Confirms that filming of S7 ended July 31, as previously
- Reports that MB and crew liked las Islas Perlas so
much that they'll be returning there to film the All-Star
edition in November (maybe).
- Confirmed that Mogo Mogo and Gibraleon were the tribal
- Filming took place at a marketplace on the island
- The getaway reward was filmed at Hacienda del Mar,
on Isla San Jose. The family reward also returns for
this series, and family members were housed at Hotel
Punta Galeon on Contadora.
- Booted players were kept at a special SEG resort
on an island called Perico.
News reports that the local coast guard is being
put to work protecting the islands from prying eyes.
Three, including Bartolomé (known by SurvivorMaps to
site of TC) are completely off limits, suggesting the
remaining two (Mogo Mogo and Gibraleón) may be where
the two tribes are camped.
are banned from coming within a nautical mile and
one-half of the islands of Bartolome, Mogo Mogo and
Gibraleon , and there are also lesser restrictions
on incursions and picture-taking around the western
part of Saboga and the islands of Chapera, Boyarena,
Bolano, Membrillo and Casaya. The restrictions
will remain in effect until August 15."
higher-resolution photos of the nearly-complete tribal
council set on Isla Bartolomé (as shown at left). Click
here to see their full collection of TC shots.
posts on the EZ S7+ board: "According to an official
government document, SEG asked for permission to film between
JUNE 23 AND AUGUST 23. They are using fourteen islands for
Africandi follows up a few hours later (on 6/15) with:
"today. they leave today."
publishes a longish article (in Spanish - translation by Griffe
at SurvivorPhoenix), the first paragraph of which confirms
an earlier report by SurvivorMaps:
Survivor production team has built some type of structure
on the Bartolome Island which perhaps will be used as
the Tribal Council where every week, a player is voted
off the island, which in this case will be Contadora.
According to information provided by people in the area,
the production equipment is being shipped from the marina
at Flamenco Island in Amador."
- (translated by Griffe).
SurvivorMaps posts pictures of the tribal council area,
under contruction on Isla Bartolomé, at Survivor
Sucks EZ board. It is "described as a fortress resembling
Fort San Lorenzo of Portobelo, Panama." Pictures here.
the May 31-June 6 issue of TV Guide, Ileane Rudolph
first the Survivor crew will head down to Panama's
remote Pearl Islands for this fall's installment. Each
tribe will inhabit its own small island in a remote
archipelago that was once the haunt of Caribbean pirates.
'We're going to have penalties for losing a reward challenge,'
says Probst. 'We want the feeling of unruliness.' Expect
lots of underwater challenges in an area overrun with
dangerous sea life."
Ileane Rudolph, TV Guide
- Archived at Survivor
Phoenix Resource Center
SurvivorMaps posts on EZ: "The Survivor scouting team
has chosen the very small, privately owned, deserted island
of Isla Bartolomé for the forthcoming Survivor production.
The island is located only about half a mile North-East
of Isla Contadora, the reported base of operations. Although
there is heavy security on and around the island, construction
was observed in progress."
Prensa reports the news (previously aired on the S6 finale)
that S7 will be filmed in the Pearl Islands, Panama. Also
confirms a previous SurvivorMaps report that Isla Contadora
will be SEG's base of operations during filming:
everything comes under a fabric of mystery and strict
confidentiality, it has been possible to find out that
the production crew is already working on the island
of Contadora -- although the show won't necessarily
be filmed there - - and that some people have been contracted
for the shooting of the program."
Jackie Souter, La
Prensa (article now removed).
- Full text with translation by Griffe, archived at
Phoenix Resource Center.
from a press conference unveiling CBS's new fall 2003 schedule:
and Burnett had little to add about the show's seventh
season, which will head to the Pearl Islands off the
coast of Panama. Probst promised more challenges in
the water, an ongoing theme involving piracy and the
biggest and most impressive tribal council area yet.
He noted that the casting was already complete."