Surviving China Becomes a TV Show
"Laowai" around the world who have come to China know about the difficulties of dealing with and surviving time in China, now the "world" will learn about thosee trials and trivails. The American version of the tv hit show, "Survivor", which is in its 14th season (already???) and has tackled a number of locations in southeast Asia, the south Pacific, and Central America will now be coming to you from China. No word yet on where in China it will be located, but its quickly becoming great fun amongst bloggers to guess where it will be held.
Personally, I think it will either be somewhere in Hainan, in the Xinjiang/Qinghai area, or in the great laowai tourist trap known as Sichuan/Yunnan. Interestingly enough, there was a Chinese version of the show "Survivor" (which seems to be more like Amazing Race) took place in Canada. I have never been a fan of the show. During its first season when it became a runaway hit in the US, I was away in China for much of it and only came back in time to catch the finale and couldn't understand why it was so popular. I must admit, though, I did check it out when they did the "battle of the races" season and was happy an Asian came out on top.
CBS must have some really good connections in China. For the past few years they've been allowed to film parts of the "Amazing Race" in China, but this is the first time a foreign tv outlet will be filming an entire series in China. As I said, I've never been a fan of the show, but I'm definitely going to tune in (though it may have to be via iTunes) to the new season.