Those waiting for the newest season of "Survivor" may have to wait a little longer. As reported by EW.com today, the post-production editors on the hit reality show have walked off the job, putting the previously announced premiere date in potential jeopardy.
"Survivor: San Juan del Sur" is the 29th season of "Survivor" and was set to premiere with a 90-minute episode on Wednesday, Sept 24. According to this report and a tweet sent out by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the reason is that the editing staff has ceased working due to a contract dispute with the show's producers, including creator Mark Burnett.
It is near insanity that a show entering its 29th season has yet to unionize its workers, especially a show that has had this much continued success over the years. According to the EW.com article, a source close to the situation had this to say: "There’s a lot of work that remains to be done before they have anything that they can actually broadcast, and right now that work is not happening. This definitely starts to become more problematic the longer it goes on.”
Will the start of Season 29 be delayed? Will this affect the normal pre-release videos such as the cast announcement and Jeff Probst's initial cast assessment, not to mention the individual "Meet the Cast" videos? One would think these are all projects in need of editing as the show nears its expected premiere date.
We will have to wait and see what happens, but it seems like a no-brainer...unionize these hard-working souls! Not having benefits, a pension and basic contractual protections is one thing...but things will get really ugly if millions of us were denied our "Survivor."