Australian Survivor was a television series based on the popular reality show "Survivor". The series was filmed in November and December 2001 and aired weekly from 13 February – 15 May 2002 on Australia's Nine Network. It was set at Whaler's Way, an Eyre Peninsula coastal nature reserve in Port Lincoln, South Australia in the Great Australian Bight, where numerous ships had sunk off the coast in the past. This set up the nautical theme of the series.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Australian Survivor - Australian Survivor (season 1) - Netflix
The first season of Australian Survivor is the inaugural Australian adaptation of the popular reality game show Survivor. The season was filmed in Whaler's Way, an Eyre Peninsula coastal nature reserve near Port Lincoln, South Australia in the Great Australian Bight, where numerous ships had sunk off the coast in the past, setting up the season's nautical theme. Hosted by 60 Minutes journalist Lincoln Howes, the program consisted of 16 Australian castaways competing for 39 days for a grand prize was A$500,000 and a Ford V6 Escape. The series was filmed in November and December 2001 and aired weekly between February and May 2002 on the Nine Network, culminating in a live finale on 15 May 2001, where former Victorian Football League player Robert “Rob” Dickson was crowned the “Sole Australian Survivor” over former test pilot Sciona Browne in a jury vote of 5–2. The program was criticised by fans and critics for poor casting and lower production values than the popular American edition (which also aired on Nine) and was not renewed due to low ratings. However the series did return (albeit on a different network) in 2006 with a celebrity edition.
Australian Survivor - Controversy and criticisms - Netflix
The program received a large amount of criticism from fans of the American series, mainly centred on how this series was of lesser quality when compared to the US series. The casting process was criticised as the cast lacked diversity, being almost completely composed of 16 white middle class Australian people with very few of the 16 being there to “play the game”. This lack of drive was especially evident in contestant Lucinda Allen-Rhodes, who not only asked to be voted off, but also was one of the very few people to cast a vote against herself at Tribal Council. In most other editions of Survivor, contestants must vote against someone other than themselves. This rule did not apply (or in this specific case, was relaxed) for the Australian series. By comparison, the first instance of someone eliminating themselves from the game in the American series occurred in the 7th season (Survivor: Pearl Islands) when contestant Osten Taylor quit the game on Day 19. The nature of the camp life of the castaways was also criticised. The tribes were limited on which days they could go search for food. Tipara could go to the coast and fish while Kadina could only go to the windmill and pump water and on the next day, the tribes swapped. Additionally, the producers were also criticised for giving the contestants too many supplies. The show also resulted in criticism in how the network aired the American series. Nine advertised that Survivor: Marquesas would air after the Australian series. Australian fans were upset when Nine decided not to broadcast Marquesas. It was skipped and instead, the network aired Survivor: Thailand. As of 2015, Nine still had not aired Survivor: Marquesas. In New Zealand, both Australian Survivor and Survivor: Marquesas aired concurrently, much to the annoyance of New Zealand Survivor fans.
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