‘The Challenge’ Season 37: Twists Allegedly Added to End of Season to Speed Up Production

Fans of MTV’s The Challenge can’t wait to hear more about season 37, Spies, Lies, and Allies. Spoilers continue to leak regarding what happens during the season. And it seems a production shutdown throws filming into chaos. Now, reports claim extra twists are added to the end of the season to hurry along the filming process.

[Spoiler alert: Potential spoilers for MTV’s The Challenge Season 37.]

MTV’s ‘The Challenge’ Season 37 halted production due to coronavirus scare

MTV’s The Challenge Season 37 was already delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But rumors suggest production had to halt early on while filming the season due to a coronavirus scare amongst the cast. According to fans in the know, production stopped on April 26, 2021. MTV hasn’t yet commented on the situation.

It looks like the season will address the shutdown instead of skipping over it, though. Additional spoilers revealed a few alternates — including Double Agents winner Amber Borzotra — entered the game after the shutdown. And a few others from the cast left the show due to the shutdown.

Showrunner Emer Harkin addressed coronavirus concerns with Variety in the past, too. She noted if production was to halt due to the virus, the issue would get addressed on the show, too. Additionally, if any player tested positive mid-season, they would get removed from the game.

Rumors allege the end of the season has extra twists to speed production

Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Nany Gonzalez, and Kyle Christie from MTV’s 'The Challenge' standing next to a large MTV statue
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio, Nany Gonzalez, and Kyle Christie from MTV’s ‘The Challenge’ | Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Showrunners for MTV’s The Challenge continue to remain mum about the alleged production shutdown. But rumors carry on, and they now suggest the end of Spies, Lies, and Allies is sped up to accommodate for the time lost during the filming hiccup.

The Challenge Chronicles podcast addressed this rumor. “The other thing that they talk about — T.J. [Lavin] does the, ‘And the twists keep on coming,'” the podcaster notes in regards to the season 37 trailer. “I have, from a very good source, that they added some twists toward the end of the season to speed it up to reach a faster end date. So, a lot of the stuff that happens is apparently very blind-siding to the cast because of their production schedule. So, we will have to wait and see how that plays out. But you can tell from the trailer that there is some chicanery that will go on.”

Fans who watched the trailer for season 37 can see a few moments where the cast looks shocked at the beginning of the game, too. Perhaps the twists start even earlier than expected.

When is ‘The Challenge’ Season 37 coming out?

So, when can fans see the premiere of MTV’s The Challenge Season 37? According to the trailer, the premiere is on Aug. 11, 2021, at 8 p.m. EST on MTV.

It looks like plenty of rumors regarding the new season are proving to be right as well. The cast has 17 U.S. players and 17 international players who will pair up at the beginning of the season. According to the trailer, the veteran players will create a “super alliance” to protect themselves from getting overtaken by the rookies. There’s also reportedly no skull twist in season 37.

We’re excited to see how it all shakes up — and how production deals with the shutdown.

ViacomCBS did not return a request for comment regarding production speeding up by the time of publication.

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