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Survivor 20 is Heroes vs. Villains (“Return, Revenge, Redemption”), debuts Feb. 11, Probst calls it “the biggest battle in Survivor history”

At the end of Survivor Samoa, CBS finally officially announced what we’ve known for some time: The 20th season of the show, which will start airing in six weeks or so, is a full all-star edition. Probst announced that it will debut new season debuts Feb. 11, which means it will not get the post-Super Bowl spot, as some speculated.

The new season is officially called Survivor Heroes vs. Villains, as its tribes will consist of former cast members who are either good or evil, basically. As Jeff Probst explained, “20 of Survivors greatest castaways return, and a conflict will ignite. One side chosen for their skills in deception, manipulation, and duplicity: the villains. And the other, defined by their decisions of integrity, courage, and honor: the heroes. Twenty castaways will return seeking revenge or redemption in the biggest battle in Survivor history.”

The preview showed little but did have a glimpse of the spectacular treehouse Tribal Council set, which is actually located right next to the Survivor Samoa Tribal Council set, since the two seasons were filmed back to back in Samoa. Jeff Probst avoided mentioning that by instead saying that the season would take place “deep in the South Pacific.”

Its cast members will be in L.A. for the 20th anniversary party on January 9, so look for CBS to announce the cast then; until that time, there’s the rumored cast and the one confirmed cast member, who will make lots of sad people happy.

Here’s the preview:

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