'Survivor' Reveals Title, Theme, and Cast for 36th Season

CBS just released all the things for the next season of their landmark reality tv series (which is still going strong, btw) Survivor.

The new season will be called Ghost Island, and the spooky-titled 36th version of the show has some twists because of course it does.  Remember also that some years since the show started in 2000 have had multiple seasons, accounting for the large number.

The island in question is filled with items familiar to Survivor fans, and will be set up not unlike the previous plot location Exile Island.

Survivor host Jeff Probst said:

"Every idol or advantage in the game will be from a previous season. These are the actual, authentic items from past seasons. And every item is famous for being played incorrectly. The conceit is those items are haunted and have been living on Ghost Island. The new players will have the chance to reverse the curse and play them properly… or suffer the same fate."

Ghost Island represents all the bad decisions made by former players. Think of it as the graveyard for Survivor mistakes. We found a really creepy island that serves as Ghost Island and we designed it using actual Survivor items from previous seasons."

Meet the cast of Survivor: Ghost Island below, with a breakdown of the two tribes.

'Survivor' Reveals Title, Theme, and Cast for 36th Season
The 20 castaways competing on SURVIVOR this season, themed "Ghost Island," when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 36th season premiere on, Wednesday, February 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Entertainment Weekly has all the contestants for the season listed, broken up into two tribes.  The first of these being the Malolo Tribe:

'Survivor' Reveals Title, Theme, and Cast for 36th Season
Malolo Tribe members (Back Row L-R: James Lim, Jacob Derwin, Laurel Johnson, Michael Yerger, Janna Bowman, Front Row L-R: Stephanie Gonzalez, Brendan Shapiro, Stephanie Johnson, Libby Vincek, Donathan Hurley) will 10 of the 20 castaways competing on SURVIVOR this season, themed "Ghost Island," when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 36th season premiere on, Wednesday, February 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Name: Brendan Shapiro
Age: 41
Hometown: Herndon, Va.
Current Residence: Herndon, Va.
Occupation: Physical Education Teacher

Name: Donathan Hurley
Age: 26
Hometown: Phelps, Ky.
Current Residence: Kimper, Ky.
Occupation: Caretaker

Name: Jacob Derwin
Age: 22
Hometown: Merrick, N.Y.
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Music Teacher

Name: James Lim
Age: 24
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Business Analyst

Name: Jenna Bowman
Age: 23
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Current Residence: Venice Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Advertising Account Executive

Name: Laurel Johnson
Age: 29
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Minneapolis, Minn.
Occupation: Financial Consultant

Name: Libby Vincek
Age: 24
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Current Residence: Houston, Texas
Occupation: Social Media Strategist

Name: Michael Yerger
Age: 18
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Name: Stephanie Gonzalez
Age: 26
Hometown: Aguada, Puerto Rico
Current Residence: Ocala, Fla.
Occupation: Graphic Sales

Name: Stephanie Johnson
Age: 34
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.
Occupation: Yoga Instructor

And the other tribe, the Naviti Tribe:

'Survivor' Reveals Title, Theme, and Cast for 36th Season
Naviti Tribe members (Back Row L-R: Wendell Holland, Chris Noble, Sebastian Noel, Bradley Kleihege, Domenic Abbate, Front Row L-R: Morgan Ricke, Angela Perkins, Desiree Afuye, Chelsea Townsend, Kellyn Bechtold) will be 10 of the 20 castaways competing on SURVIVOR this season, themed "Ghost Island," when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 36th season premiere on, Wednesday, February 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Name: Angela Perkins
Age: 42
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Current Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation: Army Veteran

Name: Bradley Kleihege
Age: 26
Hometown: Haslett, Mich.
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Law student

Name: Chelsea Townsend
Age: 24
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: EMT/Pro Cheerleader

Name: Chris Noble
Age: 27
Hometown: Florida Keys, Fla.
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Male Model

Name: Desiree Afuye
Age: 21
Hometown: Newark, N.J.
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Student

Name: Domenick Abbate
Age: 38
Hometown: Nesconset, N.Y.
Current Residence: Nesconset, N.Y.
Occupation: Construction Supervisor

Name: Kellyn Bechtold
Age: 31
Hometown: North Manchester, Ind.
Current Residence: Denver, Colo.
Occupation: Career Counselor

Name: Morgan Ricke
Age: 29
Hometown: New Albany, Ind.
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.
Occupation: Marine Animal Trainer

Name: Sebastian Noel
Age: 22
Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.
Current Residence: Satellite Beach, Fla.
Occupation: Fishing Guide

Name: Wendell Holland
Age: 33
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Occupation: Furniture Company Owner

Survivor: Ghost Island premiere on CBS on Wednesday February 28th 2018.

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