Yesterday Croatian television showed first episode of Croatian version of Survivor. I watched only glimpses and I can say with some certainty that I won’t be able to cover this reality show in the same manner I had covered Big Brother Croatia. Nor would I feel inclined to. Nor would Croatian public show the same enthusiasm.
Biggest problem for Survivor is going to be Croatian audience’s familiarity with the American version of the show, which had been aired on Nova TV in past few years. Any comparisons between American and Croatian version are going to be against the latter. Mljet, dubbed “Island of Ulysses” by the show’s producers is beautiful setting, but it is less exotic than those featured in American shows. The cast is less attractive, less diverse – 13 out of 18 participants are from Zagreb – and less interesting.
Judging by the comments in Croatian Usenet forums, most people speculate that ex porn star Lidija Šunjerga (Lidija Sunjerga) got into the show only to provide extra publicity and prevent four attractive fashion models from being voted out in the first rounds.