Survivor Redemption Island cast revealed as CBS (almost) finally confirms two returners

CBS has confirmed what we’ve known since last summer, that two former Survivor cast members will return for Survivor Redemption Island, but has decided to continue to drag out the announcement and reveal Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz’s identities later this week. There is news in the announcement: Rob and Russell will join tribes, not just duel for the first spot on Redemption Island.

The cast does not include Carrie Prejean nor Kimbo Slice, whose names were leaked intentionally as bad information to discredit previously accurate spoiler missyae, a scenario discussed in this hilarious Xtranormal video, which also may contain other spoilers, so beware.

During our awkward interview last week, Mark Burnett said “no” when I mentioned they were bringing back two former cast members. But today’s press release says “18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Ometepe Tribe and the Zapatera Tribe” and “two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize and one last shot at redemption.” (For Rob Mariano, that “one last shot” is attempt number four for this game, and number six on a CBS reality series.)

As to the regular cast, it includes an Iraqi vet, a former NFL player, a Jud/Fabio clone, and even a Russell Hantz clone. It’s actually weird how much these people look like stand-ins for previous cast members, though nowhere near as charismatic or attractive as the people they resemble.

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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