Survivor Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites cast’s returnees revealed months ago

The cast of Survivor Caramoan: Fans and Favorites will feature a half new and half returning cast, just like the season it borrows its subtitle from, Survivor Micronesia. However, season 26 is not “versus,” because returnees will apparently be mixed among two tribes instead of by themselves, according to spoiler reports posted online. (Update/correction: The season actually is subtitled “Fans vs. Favorites,” and I’ve heard from someone with knowledge of the season that the tribes start with new players and returnees on separate tribes.)

While Survivor Philippines‘ finale on Sunday will include some kind of preview for next season, it’s unclear how much we’ll actually learn. CBS has been increasingly delaying the reveal of the identities of returnees until well after the finale, even though their identities have been known for months and months now, since the summer.

Four of the 10 returnees are from last fall’s Survivor South Pacific and three are from the preceding season, Survivor Redemption Island; in other words, the show didn’t reach far back into the pool. There is, however, someone from the original Fans vs. Favorites, and someone from Survivor Gabon. One contestant comes from this season, meaning his/her participation could constitute a spoiler, i.e. they did not win so they were brought back immediately.

Overall, it seems like a strange yet strong group–and a mix of crazy and sane. They’re clearly among the most dramatic people who’ve played recently, though “favorites” might be a stretch for some.

True Dork Times has a list of the contestants, along with detailed information and links about how their casting was identified and by who. (Social media has made it increasingly easy to identify and/or verify that someone is on the show.) Most came from Survivor Sucks, identified and verified by a poster named beatlebum79 after partial lists were posted by people such as matty p.

Here’s the list of Survivor Caramoan returnees:

  • Erik Reichenbach, Survivor Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites
  • Corinne Kaplan, Survivor Gabon
  • Brenda Lowe, Survivor Nicaragua
  • Andrea Boehlke, Survivor Redemption Island
  • Francesca Hogi, Survivor Redemption Island
  • Phillip Sheppard, Survivor Redemption Island
  • John Cochran, Survivor South Pacific
  • Brandon Hantz, Survivor South Pacific
  • Dawn Meehan, Survivor South Pacific
  • Malcolm Freberg, Survivor Philippines

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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