In "Convergence Culture" Jenkins talks about "Survivor's"impact on television. When "Survivor" came to America in 2000 (Europeans had all ready started it two years prior) it sparked a new form of television. "Survivor" was the first of its kind, a show that involves the audience by getting invested with characters who get voted off. This caused such a stir of passionate viewers that a lot of them couldn't wait till the next week to find out who got voted off. They tried to find leaks in the "Survivor" system to see what information they could get (Any person on the Survivor who leaks information could be fined $5 million dollars).
Producers saw the rabidness of these "Survivor" fans and how invested they were in the characters on the show. This lead to "American Idol," a show that welcomes and survives on audience participation. The audience could now vote on who they wanted and in turn they had an invested intrest in that character and would watch the show to see what would happen. Jenkins talks about how "American Idol"(2002) was the first to incorporate technology with a television show. In 2002 "American Idol" was teaching people how to use their cell phones in a different way, to vote.
Now the most popular shows are the interactive shows. "American Idol" is receiving more votes than ever. "The Voice" a new show that is an American Idol copycat is letting you vote AND tweet along side the judges. "One Tree Hill" lets you vote on the outcome of an episode, "Do you want him to kiss Julie or not." "Survivor" is now letting you tweet along side Jeff Probst the host of "Survivor." We have now entered into the age where TV is interactive.
Season 22 of "Survivor: Redemption Island" just ended last night. The winner was four time competitor and the most popular "Survivor" Boston Rob! Finally!