Survivor One World cast includes crazy characters, the show’s first little person

The cast of Survivor One World was announced by CBS yesterday, and includes the first little person to ever play the game. Based on the video preview below, it also includes a lot of over-the-top, borderline crazy personalities, like people who insist upon being called “Troyzan” and “Tarzan” (and those are two different men).

Thankfully, as the video introduction moves on, more normal cast members are introduced; in it, host Jeff Probst tells us that season 24’s cast are “all very attractive” and “aren’t afraid to make big moves.”

Season 24 won’t include Redemption Island, although Probst threatens to have it return in the future in an interview with EW, in which he also says we can expect more “Do It Yourself challenges” this season for which Probst doesn’t show up, including ones that happen on the tribe’s beach. I’m skeptical about that, since part of the fun of challenges is the production design and incredible things the challenge team builds, but obviously they can’t and don’t do something spectacular for every challenge.

Here’s the cast of Survivor One World, which debuts Feb. 15:

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