Survivor Guatemala cast revealed this morning, includes just 16 people

The cast of Survivor Guatemala includes, as expected, former NFL star Gary Hogeboom. He is, however, the only well-known person on the cast.

Overall, the cast includes just 16 cast members. As I noted earlier, the teaser web site said there would be 20; at the end of last season, Jeff Probst said there’d be 18. So maybe the other casting rumors will come into play later. More than half the cast is past their 20s, and they seem older than previous casts. Their ages: 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 24, 26, 30, 31, 34, 39, 39, 42, 43, 46, and 63.

Alert reader Sue looked at the cast bios, and noticed that Cindy, Jamie, and Judd all have identical twins. Might this be an opportunity for Survivor to go all Big Brother 5 twin twist on us? Let’s hope not.

Earlier: The cast of Survivor Guatemala will be revealed on CBS’ The Early Show this morning. The segment will air sometime between 7 and 9 a.m., thereby forcing us to suffer through the most insipid morning program besides, well, Good Morning America.

Curiously, although initial reports said there would be just 18 cast members this season, CBS’ teaser web site for the show says that “20 strangers will be stranded together.” Could those extra two be these two rumored cast members? Or will they have another role? We’ll know later this morning.

Survivor Guatemala [CBS]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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