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Survivor: Blood vs Water; Discussion
Topic Started: Aug 21 2013, 11:33 AM (2,420 Views)
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Jeff Probst already announced on Entertainment Weekly Radio that the next season of Survivor — subtitled Blood vs. Water — would feature returning Survivor contestants playing with (or, rather, against) their loved ones. Then, yesterday we revealed that one of those pairs would be Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother season 12 winner Hayden Moss. Now the rest of the cast can be officially unveiled. And that cast will be playing in the most twist-heavy Survivor season ever.
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Among the cast of Survivor: Blood vs. Water —which filmed this past May and June in the Philippines — will be a contestant from the group that started it all, as season 1 player Gervase Peterson returns to compete along with his niece Marissa. He will be joined by three million dollar winners — Tina Wesson from The Australian Outback (who will be playing with daughter Katie), Aras Baskauskas from Panama (with brother Vytas), and Rupert Boneham, who has never won in his three previous outings but did collect a million dollars as the winner of a special fan voted prize given away during the All-Stars season. He will be joined by his wife Laura.

In a surprise, the new cast also features three players from One World — which is generally considered one of the weakest Survivor seasons ever. Joining Kat will be Monica Culpepper (and husband Brad) and the controversial Colton Cumbie (and fiancé Caleb). Rounding out the cast are threepeaters Tyson Apostol (with girlfriend Rachel) and the former Candice Woodcock (now Candice Cody, with husband John), as well as Laura Morett from Samoa (with daughter Ciera).

Survivor host Jeff Probst gives credit for the loved ones concept to Survivor casting director Lynne Spillman. “It’s something she brought up for years,” Probst told EW.com. “But this year she pitched it and she said, ‘I think I can pull it off. I think I’ve found the right amount of couples.’ And once we started talking about it and talking about who would play, it went from something we thought about doing next year to something we were going to do this season. It was one of those moments were I left and went ‘Oh, everything’s different.’” As if having returning players playing against their loved ones was not a big enough twist, there are several other smaller changes, some of which could dramatically alter the way the game is played. Here they are:

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* For the first time ever, the game will not be 39 days long, but rather 39-and-a-half days, as the couples will begin the game the night prior to day one with a new twist titled “Day Zero.” The 10 pairs will be sent out at sunset to 10 different locations to live by themselves for the night. They will then all meet up to be officially welcomed by host Jeff Probst and start the game the next morning. “The whole idea was to try and get them thinking and maybe believing that they would play as a pair,” says Probst.

* Just minutes after congregating, the returning players and their loved ones will be split into two different tribes, with the returning players making up the yellow Galang tribe and the newbies comprising the red Tadhana tribe. “Suddenly your partner becomes your adversary, your competition,” says Probst. “And that was the whole premise of Blood Vs. Water. How is that going to play out in a game where only one person can win?”

* First impressions can be key in the game like Survivor, and that will prove true here as just moments after meeting each other, each team will vote one member off their tribe. They will later be informed that these people have not been voted out of the game, but rather will be sent to Redemption Island, which makes its return after having been absent for the past three seasons. There they will battle to stay alive and reenter the game at a later point.

* Confused yet? Well, it gets even more confusing! Jeff Probst will then immediately offer each of the loved ones of the two people voted off the opportunity to trade places with them, meaning that if, say, returning player Tina is voted out of her tribe at the start, her daughter Katie can opt to take her place at Redemption Island instead, and Tina would then join the tribe of newbies.

* As mentioned, Redemption Island is back. Anyone voted out will be sent there and will then compete in a three person duel. The last place finisher in each contest is out of the game for good, while the top two remain. However, if someone’s loved one is still in the game they can take their loved one’s place before a duel. (So if, say, Monica is at Redemption Island but her husband Brad thinks he would do better at a duel involving strength, he can swap places with her, electing to do the duel while she takes his place on his tribe. They could then swap again at the next duel if it is a contest better suited to her strengths.) “That puts blood and water to the test,” says Probst. “And we’re gonna do it at every duel. So the first time early in the game, somebody may say ‘It’s just too early.” But as those duels increase and they get closer to what they think might be a merge, their strategy is going to start to change.”

* That’s not all when it comes to Redemption Island. The person who finishes first in each duel will also get to give a clue to the location of a hidden immunity idol to any person from either tribe that they choose. “There’s all these things you can do,” says Probst. “Because for a moment, even though you’re on the outest, furthest part of the game, you have a little bit of power.”

Video interviews with all 10 couples from Survivor: Blood vs. Water can be found in the video player below along with a full cast list. Also, make sure to check out our photo gallery of the new cast, complete with quotes and observations on each. And for more Survivor news and views all season long, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

The new cast of Survivor: Blood vs. Water:

TYSON APOSTOL & RACHEL FOULGER (DATING)


Tyson Apostol
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Tocantins – 2nd jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 6th voted out
Age: 34

Rachel Foulger
Occupation: Cocktail Waitress/Graphic Designer
Age: 33

ARAS BASKAUSKAS & VYTAS BASKAUSKAS (BROTHERS)


Aras Baskauskas
Previous Season: Survivor: Panama – Exile Island, winner
Age: 31

Vytas Baskauskas
Occupation: Yoga Instructor/Math Professor
Age: 33

RUPERT BONEHAM & LAURA BONEHAM (MARRIED)

Rupert Boneham
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
Age: 49

Laura Boneham
Occupation: Merchandiser
Age: 44

CANDICE CODY & JOHN CODY (MARRIED)


Candice Cody (formerly Woodcock)
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Cook Islands – 5th jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 5th jury member
Age: 30

John Cody
Occupation: Physician, Army Orthopedic Surgery Resident
Age: 30

MONICA CULPEPPER & BRAD CULPEPPER (MARRIED)

Monica Culpepper
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – non-jury, 5th out
Age: 42

Brad Culpepper
Occupation: Attorney and retired NFL player. Played for the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.
Age: 44

COLTON CUMBIE & CALEB BANKSTON (ENGAGED)

Colton Cumbie
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – medically evacuated on day 16 due to illness – 6th out
Age: 22

Caleb Bankston
Occupation: Post Office Manager/Farmer
Age: 26

KAT EDORSSON & HAYDEN MOSS (DATING)

Kat Edorsson
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – 6th jury member
Age: 23

Hayden Moss
Occupation: Real Estate
Age: 26

LAURA MORETT & CIERA EASTIN (MOTHER AND DAUGHTER)

Laura Morett
Previous Season: Survivor: Samoa – 3rd jury member
Age: 43

Ciera Eastin
Occupation: Cosmetology Student
Age: 24

GERVASE PETERSON & MARISSA PETERSON (UNCLE AND NIECE)


Gervase Peterson
Previous Season: Survivor: Borneo – 3rd jury member
Age: 43

Marissa Peterson
Occupation: Student
Age: 21

TINA WESSON & KATIE COLLINS (MOTHER AND DAUGHTER)


Tina Wesson
Previous Seasons: Survivor: The Australian Outback – winner; Survivor: All Stars – non-jury, 1st out
Age: 52

Katie Collins
Occupation: Hedge fund support
Age: 25
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Edited by darraholic, Sep 19 2013, 10:12 AM.
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I am so pissed off Redemption Island is back. Stupid lame ass twist.

And One World being one of the weakest seasons? I object to that.
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I loathed Colton, Ugh I hate that he was brought back.
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My early favorite is Laura. I loved her on Samoa. Hated that bitch Shambo.

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NOT excited about Colton. Ugh! But he creates drama, so CBS haaaas to have him.... *cue sarcastic eyeroll*

NOT excited about Kat. That girl is dumb as a rock. And her boyfriend Hayden's head can barely fit his ego inside.

Rupert? I get it. Everybody loves him. But c'mon... move on.

Speaking of moving on... it's getting ridiculous how frequently Survivor brings back past players. You lose a part of the show in saying "You didn't outwit, outplay, outlast... but maybe you will a few seasons from now". Part of what has made this show so successful is the variety of personalities and contestants that they've been able to find. Is it too much to ask that they cast fresh faces, instead of constantly bringing back oldies?

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As long as Probst is still involved with the show we'll continue with returnees. He's deluded himself into believing that's what Fans want. He also thinks Redemption Island is loved by fans.

I just can't with him. Not only does he have horrible taste, but his hosting skills have annoyed me greatly the past few seasons.

I betch anything..

If Probst praises this season a guy will win.
If he disses the season or mostly ignores it a female will win.
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I really enjoyed the premiere.

I do hate that we have Redemption Island, but I was glad to see Rupert & Candice be the first residents. Never cared for Candice and I was so over Rupert after All Stars. It will be interesting to see how Laura (Rupert's) wife does on the returning tribe. I also liked Colton, of course I have known Colton for quite a few years as we played ORGS together. Right now, Laura M is probably my favorite from the returning tribe.

My favorite from the family members is Ciera. Don't care for the all male alliance. No surprise Hayden's in another male dominated alliance. Hayden still looks like a chipmunk.
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Make EJ/Abby happen, DAYS!

I'm so bummed they voted out Marissa though! It felt unfair, since she was just as disappointed in her uncle's actions than anyone else. She also was one of the few who was playing solely for herself and not her family member, which I liked.
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Make EJ/Abby happen, DAYS!

Can Brad be voted out soon? Jesus, he's full of himself, not to mention annoying!
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Sep 19 2013, 11:11 AM
Can Brad be voted out soon? Jesus, he's full of himself, not to mention annoying!
Add to the fact that Probst has such a hard-on for him as well. I can't believe he's already calling him by his last name.
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darraholic
Sep 19 2013, 12:55 PM
NocturnalBlondie
Sep 19 2013, 11:11 AM
Can Brad be voted out soon? Jesus, he's full of himself, not to mention annoying!
Add to the fact that Probst has such a hard-on for him as well. I can't believe he's already calling him by his last name.
Oh, I know! How many questions did Jeff ask him during TC? I was tired of hearing from him.

It was a good episode overall. I don't recognize a few of the returnees, but I haven't seen every season of 'Survivor'.

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Tina is definitely my favorite. She is the perfect example of the bias towards alpha males.....beating Probst's first lover, Colby.

Would love to see her become the second two time winner.

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I loved the premiere. I thought I would hate it.

The cast is interesting. Love that Rupert and CAndice were sent to RI. They can both go home right away and Marissa can stay at RI. It was a shame she was voted off because of that dumb ass Gervase. He learned nothing from his season. And he was pathetic in that challenge.

I have always loved Aras (him and Cirie are probably my all time favorite alliance lol) and I really like his brother (Vitas, is it?).. I like Monica too.. Caleb seems so much more normal than Colton...

I am annoyed by Brad also..

Looking forward to next week! :D
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Killing myself slowly

I am really liking this season already.
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I'm enjoying it as well, although I hate Redemption Island.

Colton's playing horrible, but at least he's adding drama. Tina & Aras' idea of harmony and peace = bad television. Colton's likely gone the first time they go to TC, but hopefully he stirs up some drama.

Loving Ciera & Katie! I hope they break up the guys alliance.

Not at all sad to see Rupert go home. He's one of the worst players in the history of Survivor. He's had four chances now. It's time to hang it up Rupert.
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I have to agree with Tina. "This is what Survivor looks like now?"

Yes ma'am! It does! It sucks a big one! Don't get me wrong. I love drama, but I feel like, as the show has gone on, the drama has doubled. I used to love how earlier seasons, the drama came from the contestants. It was much more natural, and not forced. I feel like, these days, they make such an effort to turn everyone against each other with hidden immunity idols, and twists, etc. that it all feels so forced now.

Also bugs me how "cozy" contestants have it these days. They get rewards every challenge. I can still remember Jenna Morasca foaming at the mouth (during a challenge) over the temptation of a pile of peanut butter with flies buzzing around it.
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Have to agree with Probst for once, Colton never should have been invited back. He isn't adding any sort of drama that is worth a dime, he's a crybaby.

There are too many other great possibilities for real drama is they wanted it.
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I am happy to see Survivor back again. It is amazing to think this is now Season 27 of the show. I am not a fan of Redemption Island either but at least they never repeated the mistake they made in Pearl Islands, which was a fabulous season until they had that silly hidden "Outcasts" tribe which allowed two people back and saw one, Lillian, who was one of the most undeserving contestants to ever be in the final 2. I am sure Tina and Gervis must notice how different the show is compared to their early seasons. I know Tina was in All Stars but there were no Hidden Immunity Idols and not half the comforts that the survivors get now. I cannot stand Colton at all and will be glad when he is gone. He is not suited to participate in Survivor at all IMO
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I thought I would hate this season too!

So far, I love it.

There are a lot of variables and factors to consider, which I do not like and I think is stupid.

Redemption island is stupid. And now the possibility that they can switch out is stupid.

I miss just straight up Survivor. They should do a season where the "twist" is "no twists!"
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I hated RI in the past. But this season, RI actually makes sense, because not only is the person coming back, but there is also a loved one connection. So I don't mind the RI on this season.

And omg!! Getting rid of Brad was just so out of nowhere! I didn't see it coming at all! LOVED IT!

I am so loving this season so far!! Now I wish the vets would lose a little. I like Caleb/Vytas and kinda like Katie and Ciera. So I don't want them to leave.

On the vets' side, I love Aras/Monica/Tina alliance. Never really liked Gervase/Tyson.. And I like Candice kicking ass this year in challenges.
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