SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

With advantages and idols and players running around trying to backstab each other at a record pace, every episode of Survivor is filled to the very last second with action and intrigue. The show long ago embraced this all-killer-no-filler philosophy — dropping segments like the finale’s Fallen Comrades montage in favor of more time on the beaches.

One unfortunate — yet understandable — casualty of this approach, however, is the opening credits sequence. That’s when we would be treated to super dramatic (and visually stunning) slow-motion shots of the contestants while listening to the tribal theme song that has become ingrained into America’s consciousness since the show burst onto the scene in the summer of 2000.

You won’t see the Survivor: Ghost Island credits sequence on TV when the show premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS, but you can watch it right here. That’s right, we once again have the exclusive on the opening credits that are too hot for TV!!! Okay, that’s not quite true. They just don’t have enough time to show them. And it is hot out there in Fiji. So, hey, close enough!

Watch the video above to see the opening credits that won’t make it to tonight’s premiere, and then also feel free to check out the first few minutes of said premiere right here. Plus, if you have missed any of the 50 posts and videos leading up to the season, make sure to peruse our overstuffed Survivor hub.

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SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

Strangers starve themselves on an island for our amusement in the hopes of winning a million dollars, as host Jeff Probst implores them to "DIG DEEP!"

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