Thursday, August 22, 2013

Survivor Blood vs Water: New Cast and Twists

The long wait is over. CBS has officially lifted the curtains on the cast list of the new season, 27th, for its long-running hit reality TV Show, Survivor. The new season will be dubbed as "Survivor: Blood vs Water" and will feature 10 returning players and 10 of their relatives/loved ones. The concept might seem obvious at first glance, judging by the tagline for this new season. But always have a knack for innovation, Jeff Probst and the show's producers apparently have more tricks under their sleeve.

First off, let us meet the casts for Season 27, Survivor: Blood vs Water:

1. Rupert Boneham (Survivor Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars & Survivor: Heroes vs Villains) and wife Laura

2. Tina Wesson (Survivor: Australian Outback winner) and daughter Katie
3. Aras Baskauskas (Survivor: Exile Island winner) and brother Vytas
4. Kat Edorsson (Survivor: One World) and boyfriend Hayden Moss
5. Monica Culpepper (Survivor: One World) and husband Brad Culpepper
6. Colton Cumbie (Survivor: One World) and boyfriend Caleb Bankston
7. Gervase Peterson (Survivor: Borneo) and niece Marissa
8. Tyson Apostol (Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs Villains) and girlfriend Rachel
9. Laura Morett (Survivor: Samoa) and daughter Ciera
10. Candice Woodcock-Cody (Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs Villains) and husband John

Jeff Probst also reveals that several twists, both old and new, will be incorporated into the show's 27th installment. One of them is the return of the Redemption Island twist. This means that castaways that are voted off do not automatically go home. Instead, they will be exiled into a separate island wherein they will await another castaway to join them and compete in a head-to-head duel.

But Redemption Island is not like before - the loved ones twist brings forth another layer of complication into the game. If the castaways would want to, they can opt to trade spots with their loved ones such that they go to Redemption Island instead. According to Jeff, this is their way of experimenting how far would these castaways go when it comes to separating strategy from personal relationships. Or would it matter?

No word yet on other notable twists used in past seasons such as the hidden immunity idol. Guess we'll find out during the premier.

CBS has also announced that the new season will have a 90-minute premier telecast on September 18, Wednesday.


  1. This season does sound quite interesting with all the twists and if you get past the fact that there are returning players yet again it may turn out ok.

    Just a few points you mentioned, the Redemption Island twist, the loved ones can swap before a challenge while they are at R.I and then they join the tribe their loved ones came from. Also the winner of the challenge gets a clue to the hidden immunity idol so that may be interesting once or if that person gets back into the game.

    Great blog Bianca, look forward to your views throughout the season.

  2. Hi! I'm a new Survivor fan. So far, I've watched 5 seasons and I want to watch some more. Do you know someone who has a copy of all 26 seasons and sells it? I'm really having a hard time looking for these old seasons and I badly wanna watch them. If you do know someone or somewhere who can "share" their Survivor collection, please inform me. Thank you :)

    Btw, great blog. Looking forward to your episode recaps :)


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