(2006-08-24) — Sources close to the producers of TV’s Survivor said the upcoming ‘Cook Islands‘ contest among racially-segregated teams of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics and Asians will be shown in place of another concept that had to be aborted during early video production.
The unfinished season, dubbed Survivor: Jihad, had pitted religiously-segregated ‘tribes’ of Sunni, Shia, Jews and Christians against each other, but the production ended prematurely with no survivors at all.
By the close of the first episode, only the Muslims remained, according to sources, and they were all eliminated in episode two after what witnesses described as “a bizarre series of coconut martyrdom operations.”
“We felt the outcome really would have damaged the concept of our franchise,” said an unnamed source close to the show. “It’s one of those ripped-from-the-headlines ideas that seemed brilliant during our brainstorming session, but perhaps it was a bit too edgy, or simply a little ahead of its time.”