Survivor Heroes vs. Villains preview will air Wednesday

CBS is pushing the debut of Survivor Heroes vs. Villains hard, airing the first few minutes of the show during the CBS broadcast of the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night. That’s a full five weeks before the 20th season actually debuts.

Actual Jeff Probst revealed this on Twitter (not fake Twitter Jeff Probst, who spread rumors). Probst wrote, “We’re showing sneak peak of first few minutes of ep 1 Heroes V Villains.”

That’s an obvious way to get people to watch the People’s Choice Awards, never mind build interest in the 20th season. I’m guessing that “first few minutes” means only the cold open, if it’s even all of that. However, any footage means revealing cast members, which will happen this week anyway, since the season 20 cast will be at a party with TV critics Saturday night.

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