Season 27 of the long-running reality series, which filmed in the Philippines, kicks off with a 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, September 18 at 8/7 p.m. CT.
The "Blood vs. Water" castaways include former winners Tina Wesson and Aras Baskauskas, fan favorite winner Rupert Boneham (making his fourth appearance), "One World's" Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, "Big Brother" winner Hayden Moss, Tyson Apostol, Candice Cody, Season 1's Gervase Peterson and villain Colton Cumbie with his fiance Caleb, among others.
Returning players will make up the yellow Galang tribe, while their loved ones will form the red Tadhanan tribe.
The new season will also include a new twist called Day Zero. The game will begin the night prior to the official start of the 39-day competition as the 10 pairs are sent out to 10 different locations to live by themselves for the night.
"The whole idea was to try and get them thinking and maybe believing that they would play as a pair," host Jeff Probst explained.
Once the tribes are formed the next day, each team will be forced to vote someone out just moments after meeting each other. They will then be sent to Redemption Island, which makes its return this season, but this time the castaways will be forced to choose whether to save their loved ones by switiching places with them, thus allowing them to immediately re-enter the game on the opposing tribe.
Anyone voted out (or their loved one) will compete in a three person duel on Redemption Island. The last place finisher is out of the game for good, while the top two remain. The first place finisher also gets to give a clue to the location of a hidden immunity idol to any person from either tribe.
The "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" cast includes:
TYSON APOSTOL & RACHEL FOULGER (DATING)
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Tocantins – 2nd jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 6th voted out
Occupation: Cocktail Waitress/Graphic Designer
ARAS BASKAUSKAS & VYTAS BASKAUSKAS (BROTHERS)
Previous Season: Survivor: Panama – Exile Island, winner
Occupation: Yoga Instructor/Math Professor
RUPERT BONEHAM & LAURA BONEHAM (MARRIED)
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Pearl Islands – 2nd jury member; Survivor: All Stars – 6th jury member, won $1 million for fan favorite; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 7th jury member
CANDICE CODY & JOHN CODY (MARRIED)
Candice Cody (formerly Woodcock)
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Cook Islands – 5th jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 5th jury member
Occupation: Physician, Army Orthopedic Surgery Resident
MONICA CULPEPPER & BRAD CULPEPPER (MARRIED)
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – non-jury, 5th out
Occupation: Attorney and retired NFL player. Played for the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.
COLTON CUMBIE & CALEB BANKSTON (ENGAGED)
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – medically evacuated on day 16 due to illness – 6th out
Occupation: Post Office Manager/Farmer
KAT EDORSSON & HAYDEN MOSS (DATING)
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – 6th jury member
Occupation: Real Estate
LAURA MORETT & CIERA EASTIN (MOTHER AND DAUGHTER)
Previous Season: Survivor: Samoa – 3rd jury member
Occupation: Cosmetology Student
GERVASE PETERSON & MARISSA PETERSON (UNCLE AND NIECE)
Previous Season: Survivor: Borneo – 3rd jury member
TINA WESSON & KATIE COLLINS (MOTHER AND DAUGHTER)
Previous Seasons: Survivor: The Australian Outback – winner; Survivor: All Stars – non-jury, 1st out
Occupation: Hedge fund support