Survivor Micronesia cast of all-stars and superfans announced; Exile Island will return

CBS officially announced the cast of Survivor Micronesia via Entertainment Weekly, and the 10 all-stars are the same people who’ve been rumored to be returning. As previously announced, the people we’ve never heard of are fans of Survivor, and are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s and primarily come from California and Illinois.

While there are no all-stars from either Survivor Guatemala or Survivor Palau, “Palau’s winner, Tom Westman, declined to participate, Entertainment Weekly reports. The magazine also reveals that Exile Island, which was not part of Survivor China, will return.

Why not do a full all-star season? “None of us felt like a full-on All-Stars was the right choice, because we did it once and since then so many other shows have done it. It felt like we needed a twist,” Jeff Probst said. As to the presence of obnoxious ass Jonny Fairplay, Probst said, “You can’t do the season and not invite your most notorious person. And Fairplay delivered, I will say that.” However, he promises a happy outcome. “This guy is no threat to win this game — zero.”

Here’s the full cast list, culled from Entertainment Weekly’s slide show of the cast:

Superfans

  • Joel Anderson, 32, firefighter, Avondale, Ariz.
  • Natalie Bolton, 32, personal trainer/bartender, West Hollywood, Calif.
  • Michael Bortone, 34, writer/actor, Los Angeles
  • Tracy Hughes-Wolf, 43, commercial builder, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Alexis Jones, 24, motivational speaker, Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Erik Reichenbach, 22, ice cream scooper, Ypsilanti, Mich.
  • Mary Sartain, 29, real estate entrepreneur, Emeryville, Calif.
  • Jason Siska, 22, student teacher, Fox River Grove, Ill.
  • Kathleen Sleckman, 45, golf course vendor, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Chet Welch, 48, beauty pageant coach, Ford City, Pa.

All-Stars

  • Yau-Man Chan, Survivor Fiji
  • James Cement, Survivor China
  • Ami Cusack, Survivor Vanuatu
  • Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton, Survivor Pearl Islands
  • Cirie Fields, Survivor Panama
  • Amanda Kimmel, Survivor China
  • Ozzy Lusth, Survivor Cook Islands
  • Eliza Orlins, Survivor Vanuatu
  • Jonathan Penner, Survivor Cook Islands
  • Parvati Shallow, Survivor Cook Islands
‘Survivor: Micronesia': Exclusive Cast Reveal! and ‘Survivor: Micronesia': Jeff Probst’s Scouting Reports [Entertainment Weekly]

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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