Survivor Heads for China

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CBS has booked China as the location for the next edition of “Survivor,” and locked in premiere dates for two key summer reality shows — including Mark Burnett’s “Pirate Master.”

The move to China for the 14th edition takes the series away from an island setting for the first time since the sixth installment, set in the Amazon jungle.

In addition to “Pirate Master,” Mark Burnett Productions is producer “On the Lot” for Fox (premiering May 22), as well as a “Shrek”-themed online series for AOL and DreamWorks.

CBS’ summer schedule kicks off May 31 at 8 p.m. with the premiere of “Pirate Master.” The series inherits “Survivor’s” regular season timeslot, bowing seven years to the day that “Survivor” first premiered on CBS.

For the past couple of years, CBS has aired the “Big Brother” results show on Thursday nights. With “Pirate Master” now slated for the night, it’s possible the network could be mulling a change in the “Brother” air pattern.

CBS also said that “Creature Comforts” — the long-in-the-works project from Aardman Animations — will premiere June 4 at 8 p.m.

“Creature Comforts” — which combines stop-motion animated animals with audio from interviews with average Americans — inherits the timeslot normally occupied by “How I Met Your Mother.”