Survivor Blood vs. Water cast includes Big Brother winner, former NFL player

Survivor has cast a former Big Brother winner who will appear on Survivor Blood vs. Water, the new season that features returning cast members playing with loved ones. While Amazing Race and Big Brother have long shared cast members, including with Survivor, it has not yet drawn a cast member from CBS’ other shows.

Hayden Moss, who won season 12, is dating Kat Edorsson, who appeared on Survivor One World. Another notable pairing: Monica Culpepper partner will compete with her husband, Brad Culpepper, a former NFL player.

The returning cast members I’ve been able to confirm, via someone with knowledge of the cast, are as follows, though it’s possible one or more of these are either alternates (or decoys?) The cast is sequestered in L.A. and are leaving for the Philippines soon, and include the following returnees paired with someone they know:

  • Tyson Apostol, Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains
  • Aras Baskauskas, Panama
  • Rupert Boneham, Pearl Islands, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains
  • Monica Culpepper, One World
  • Colton Cumbie, One World
  • Kat Edorsson, One World
  • Laura Morett, Samoa
  • Gervase Peterson, Borneo
  • RC Saint-Amour, Philippines
  • Tina Wesson, Australia, All-Stars

While there are some bright spots–the return of Gervase is especially interesting–this cast seems like a phenomenal joke: Two winners, three if you count Hayden? One person, Rupert, playing for a fourth time–fourth! Three of the cast from Survivor One World, which Jeff Probst called “a letdown”?

Hopefully the twist can save it: I am intrigued about how Amazing Race-izing the show will affect the game, but this all seems so desperate.

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