Survivor South Pacific: two returning players and Redemption Island, again, in Samoa, again

Survivor South Pacific is the name of the CBS reality competition’s 23rd season, and it takes that generic name because it is once again filming in Samoa. (Jeff Probst has admitted that the show has run out of places to film.)

That was announced at the conclusion of the Survivor Redemption Island reunion, when we learned that Samoa isn’t going to be the only familiar part of the season: Redemption Island will return, as will two cast members who’ve previously played the game.

Probst explicitly said “16 new castaways” would be playing plus the two returners, who haven’t yet been named, but didn’t mention that Samoa would be the location. But it’s basically the exact same format that this season had, which is disappointing, to say the least. Apparently, the network and producers no longer trust their casting enough to give us just new people, perhaps in part because of last fall’s flat season.

Here’s the preview:

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