It’s official! The next season of “The Challenge,” the 37th so far in the franchise, has just been officially announced by MTV’s The Challenge. The announcement came in a short sneak peek posted to “The Challenge” official Instagram page showing TJ Lavin introducing the next season and teasing a couple of details.
The clip was captioned, “BREAKING NEWS FROM CROATIA: Here’s TJ on the scene. What’s the word, TJ?” In the sneak peek, TJ said, “What up guys, TJ Lavin here, I just wanted to welcome you to the set of the 37th season of ‘The Challenge,’ placed in beautiful Croatia. This is gonna be the most epic season yet.”
No release date for the season was announced at this time, with TJ only revealing the filming location of the season and teasing an exciting and “epic” new season. Here is the short video:
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No Release Date Was Announced But It Will Likely Air By September or October at the Latest If Past Seasons’ Schedules Continue
While fans will be excited to see the sneak peek, no release date was announced in the clip so the suspense will continue in that regard. At the “Double Agents” reunion, the host Vernon Davis announced that the show would return with a new season “later this year,” however, and the timeline of past shows likely means the 37th season will begin airing in the fall of 2021.
MTV has usually released two seasons per year with a break of a few months between one season’s finale and the premiere of the following season. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting filming protocols, “Total Madness” finished airing in mid-July and “Double Agents” premiere just five months later, in December 2020.
If production is able to maintain that schedule, the 37th season could likely hit our screens by September or October.
The 37th Season of the Show Comes on the Heals of a Highly Successful 36th Season, ‘Double Agents’
The 36th season of the show, “Double Agents,” which aired between December 2020 and April 2021, was one of the franchise’s highest-rated seasons in years, with a .94 full season average, according to Deadline. The outlet also reported that “Double Agents” was the most-watched show during the time it aired among 18- to 34-year-olds.
The show was won by rookie Amber Borzotra and veteran Chris “CT” Tamburello, who became partners only for the final but were able to work together to dominate their opponents. Kam Williams and Cory Wharton came in second place while Nany Gonzalez and Leroy Garrett, who announced his retirement during the season, came in third.
The season’s location of Croatia will be the first time in a few seasons that contestants will be in a slightly hotter filming location following the cold 36th season in Iceland and the 35th season, “Total Madness,” which took place in the Czech Republic. It’s also the first time the show will film in Croatia, a European country on the Mediterranean so viewers will see, as in the sneak peek, blue waters and stunning cliffsides.