Survivor Palau cast, premiere announced.

Survivor Palau cast, premiere announced.
CBS has officially unveiled the Survivor Palau cast and announced the show’s premiere date, Feb. 17. The cast of the 10th season of the show is 20 members strong, and includes, as the AP notes, three lawyers and five people from California, or “Cali,” as those from the state like to call it. Although the AP also says this “just might be the most diverse ‘Survivor’ tribe yet,” more than half the cast is in their 20s. Their ages: 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 27, 27, 27, 29, 32, 32, 33, 39, 39, 41, 46, 55, 57. And not to judge a cast by its picture, but they look overwhelmingly white. A CBS press release about the premiere notes that the series will actually overlap with Wickedly Perfect; that show, currently filling Survivor‘s time slot, will move to Saturday’s that week, filling The Will‘s coffin, er, time slot. The press release also nonchalantly casts off a spoiler about the game’s structure, which I present here in white for you to highlight if you so choose: The castaways will begin as one group of 20, with three being sent home in the first episode. In Variety, They’re given very little instruction about what to do, and some of them are genuinely lost. Two people don’t make it to the first challenge. That’s how tough it is. It’s very emotional.”

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