If you’re a big fan of “Survivor” on CBS, then it’s a good news/bad news kind of day. On Aug. 21, the network announced details about the new season, which premieres on Sept. 18. According to CBS News, the new cast includes ten returning players and their loved ones. The good news is that friendly and lovable Rupert Boneham is returning for a fourth helping of “Survivor.” The bad news is that backstabbing Colton Cumbie is also coming back.
The fall edition of “Survivor,” themed “Blood vs. Water,” will feature ten former players competing with – and ultimately against – their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor. Will the returnees use their prior experience in the game to help their partners or will they leave their relatives alone to fend for themselves? Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question: which is thicker – Blood or Water?
Host Jeff Probst hyped the new season and said that the added layers would make the game “very interesting.” He also stated that not all members will choose to support his or her partner. “Absolutely not!” the Emmy-winning host declared.
The new season will feature the return of Redemption Island, where castaways who have been eliminated from the game can seek redemption for a chance to win the million dollar prize. The twist this season, however, is loved ones will be forced to choose whether to “save” their partner on Redemption Island and switch places with them, thus allowing their loved one to immediately re-enter the game, or leave them in exile to survive on their own.
The battle of wits unfolds when these 20 competitors compete on “Survivor: Blood or Water.”
Tyson and Rachel
Tyson Apostol (34) competed twice on “Survivor.” He was the second jury member on “Survivor: Tocantins” and was the 6th person voted out of “Heroes vs. Villains.” He’s competing with Rachel Foulger, a 33-year-old graphic designer that he is currently dating.
Aras and Vytas
Aras Baskaukas (31) was the winner of “Survivor: Panama – Exile Island.” He’s competing with his 33-year-old brother, a yoga instructor and math professor.
Rupert and Laura
Rupert Bonehm (49) was a jury member on “Survivor: Pearl Island,” was the fan favorite on “All Stars,” and was the 7th jury member on “Heroes vs. Villains.” He’s competing with his 44-year-old wife, Laura. Concerning his strategy and chances, Rupert said, "We're the best campers I know."
Candice and John
Candice Cody (30) was a jury member on both “Survivor: Cook Island” and “Heroes vs. Villains.” She’s competing with her 30-year husband, an Army physician.
Monica and Brad
Monica Culpepper (42) was the fifth player voted out on “Survivor: One World.” She’s competing with her 44-year-old husband, an attorney and retired NFL player.
Colton and Caleb
Colton Cumbie (22) was medically evacuated during “Survivor: One World.” He returns to play with his 26-year-old fiancé, Caleb Bankston, a post office manager and farmer.
Kat and Hayden
Kat Edorsson (23) was the sixth jury member on “Survivor: One World.” She’s playing with her boyfriend, Hayden Moss, a 26-year-old real estate broker who won “Big Brother.” According to “TV Guide,” he was nicknamed “The Animal” and “knows a thing or two about alliances.”
Laura and Ciera
Laura Morrett (43) was the third jury member on “Survivor: Samoa.” She’s competing with her 22-year-old daughter, Ciera Eastin, a cosmetology student.
Gervase and Marissa
Gervase Peterson (43) was the third jury member on “Survivor: Borneo.” He’s playing with his 21-year-old niece, Marissa Peterson, a college student.
Tina and Katie
Tina Wesson (52) went the distance and won “Survivor: Australia.” She later competed on “All Stars,” but was the first one voted out. This time around, she’s competing with Katie Collins, her 25-year-old daughter.
The 90-minute season premiere of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” airs from 8-9:30 p.m. EST and PST on Wednesday, Sept., 18 on CBS. For a preview of the new season, be sure to head to the official “Survivor” website.
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