Samsung Does Survivor With 'SOS Island'
It's not the first time Survivor has been copied nor will it be the last. After all, who doesn't love watching a collection of hot and not, smart and dumb, strong and weak compete with one another for our own vicarious pleasure?
TV star and "survival expert" Les Stroud will train 16 contestants to compete in SOS Island: Survival of the Smartest, an online video series sponsored by Samsung. It will be shot and live-streamed from the remote SOS Island in the Caribbean. Viewers will vote for a winner with the last remaining contestant winning the grand prize: their own island.
SOS Island will broadcast on YouTube and Facebook from September 30 to November 31. Audience members can vote for their favorite contestants via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The final winner will be announced December 9 and be awarded the opportunity to win their own private island experience, a package worth $100,000.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy NX will be front and center during the show, of course, with contestants shooting and sharing their experiences during the two week competition.
The reality show will be produced by SMX Entertainment Executive Producer Craig Borders, the man behind The Mole, Laguna Beack and Ink Master. Of the work, Borders said, "It's an ambitious project but one that will surely not be forgotten. People crave new entertainment experiences and this series is sure to deliver, while tapping into the social media realm in an unprecedented way. This interactive, instant gratification entertainment model is a game changer."
Well, let's hope so. If CBS's Survivor is any indication -- despite it's not-so-hot-anymore ratings -- people will surely love this show.