Returning “favorites” (including, yes, Rupert) — will compete with loved ones (among them, a Big Brother champ) when CBS’ Survivor premieres its 27th edition, Blood Vs. Water, on Sept. 18.
Among the twists on tap for the new season, as detailed more thoroughly at Xfinity:
* The competition will actually start at nighttime, as each returning player and their loved one is stranded at a spot in the dark jungle.
* Almost straight away, each tribe will be forced to vote someone off. Those castoffs will be sent to Redemption Island — though their loved one has the option of taking their place. The first casualty of tribal council will engage in a three-way contest with the Redemption Island pair to decide whose torch gets snuffed and which two reclaim their buff. (Just prior to that duel, active players again have a chance to sub for their loved one.)
* The winner of each Redemption Island contest is awarded a clue about the Immunity Idol’s location — then must decide with whom to share it.
And now, the cast, per Xfinity:
RETURNING PLAYER: Tyson Apostol (Tocantins, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: Rachel (girlfriend)
RETURNING PLAYER: Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands, All-Stars, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: Laura (wife)
RETURNING PLAYER: Aras Baskauskas (Panama–Exile Island)
LOVED ONE: Vytas (brother)
RETURNING PLAYER: Gervase Peterson (Borneo)
LOVED ONE: Marissa (niece)
RETURNING PLAYER: Kat Edorsson (One World)
LOVED ONE: Hayden (boyfriend and Big Brother 12 winner)
RETURNING PLAYER: Candice Cody (Cook Islands, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: John (husband)
RETURNING PLAYER: Laura Morett (Samoa)
LOVED ONE: Clera (daughter)
RETURNING PLAYER: Monica Culpepper (One World)
LOVED ONE: Brad (husband)
RETURNING PLAYER: Colton Cumbie (One World)
LOVED ONE: Caleb (fiance)
RETURNING PLAYER: Tina Wesson (Australian Outback, All-Stars)
LOVED ONE: Katie (daughter)
Talk about a blast from the past!
CBS unveiled its 18 castaways set to head to the Philippines for Survivor‘s 25th season this morning and had a bit of a treat for fans of ’80s sitcoms: A former TV star has joined the CBS reality show’s cast!
Lisa Whelchel, aka The Facts of Life‘s Blair Warner, will be competing for the $1 million dollar prize, and she’s not the only familiar face heading to the Philippines.
Also competing on Survivor‘s 25th installment is Jeff Kent, a former MVP major leaguer who played for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Longtime Survivor fans can also expect some twists in the new season, including the contestants being divided into three tribes, named after animals in the region, for the first time in eight years: Kalabaw (water buffalo), Tandang (rooster), and Matsing (monkey). Another fun twist? Three former contestants who were medically evacuated from their respective seasons will be coming back on the show.
Here are the members of the three tribes:
Sarah Dawson, 28, Silver Spring, Md., insurance sales
Katie Hanson, 22, Newark, Del., former Miss Delaware
Jeff Kent, 44, Austin, Texas, former baseball MVP
Dana Lambert, 32, Winston-Salem, N.C., cosmetologist
Carter Williams, 24, Shawnee, Kan., track coach
Abi-Maria Gomes, 32, Los Angeles, business student
Roberta “R.C.” Saint-Armour, 27, New York, investment banker
Artis Silvester, 53, Terry Town, La., computer engineer
Lisa Whelchel, 49, Dallas, former Facts of Life actress
Pete Yurkowski, 24, Holmdel, N.J., engineering graduate
Malcolm Freberg, 25, Hermosa Beach, Calif., bartender
Zane Knight, 28, Danville, Va., tire repair
Angie Layton, 30, Provo, Utah, student
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris, 28, Brooklyn, seminary student
Denise Stapley, 41, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sex therapist
Survivor: Philippines premieres Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on CBS.
2 Broke Girls: Renewed
48 Hour Mystery: Renewed
60 Minutes: Renewed
Blue Bloods: Renewed
Criminal Minds: Renewed
CSI: New York
Hawaii Five-0: Renewed
How I Met Your Mother: Renewed
Mike & Molly: Renewed
NCIS: Los Angeles: Renewed
Person of Interest: Renewed
The Amazing Race: Renewed
The Big Bang Theory: Renewed
The Good Wife: Renewed
The Mentalist: Renewed
Two and a Half Men: Renewed
Undercover Boss: Renewed
A Gifted Man: Canceled
CSI: Miami: Canceled
How to Be a Gentleman: Canceled
NYC 22: Canceled
Rules of Engagement: TBD
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Golden Boy (2012)
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Made In New Jersey (AKA: Baby Big Shot)
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- 2 Broke Girls
- The Amazing Race
- The Big Bang Theory
- Blue Bloods
- Criminal Minds
- The Good Wife
- Hawaii Five-0
- How I Met Your Mother
- The Mentalist
- Mike & Molly
- NCIS: Los Angeles
- Person of Interest