The 30th season of CBS’ Survivor will be called Survivor Worlds Apart, and feature three tribes that separate the contestants based on their backgrounds. Several of those who will play the game have been identified online.
As usual, CBS will tease next season at the end of Wednesday night’s finale of Survivor San Juan Del Sur; both were filmed back to back in Nicaragua.
According to reliable spoiler Redmond O’Hanlon, who first revealed the name and twist, that separation isn’t entirely clearly but likely “a combination of education and employment.” Other theories have included breaking the tribes apart by class.
The title is somewhat the opposite of the maligned Survivor One World, which started with everyone living on one beach, and is very similar to the recent competition series Opposite Worlds, which separated contestants into the past and future.
For months now, several of the cast members have been identified by various spoilers, and the list of probably cast members includes one person I know, oddly enough: a former Northwestern professor who taught a Survivor class that I guest lectured in when I was in Chicago for a conference. (The class itself, which was offered several times, even made news.)
Survivor 30 will not include any returnees, nor does it seem that it will be overly special to commemorate the anniversary. Jeff Probst is bullish on this season, though, telling Dalton Ross that it “is going to be GREAT.”
Three types of collars
Update, Dec. 18: The preview shown at the end of the Survivor San Juan Del Sur preview showed that the tribes will be divided into these groups: “white collar,” “blue collar,” and “no collar.”
Jeff Probst told Gordon Holmes he came up with the name “no collar,” and that the cast was already locked in before they came up with this season’s twist. That makes it similar to brains, brawn, and beauty, when the cast was arbitrarily shuffled into three tribes–and that absolutely worked for Survivor Cagayan.
Probst also confirmed that the original plan, as I reported last spring, was to bring back all stars, though Mark Burnett eventually “gave us permission to get rid of the all-star strategy,” Probst said.
Meanwhile, Probst told Dalton Ross that they cast Survivor San Juan Del Sur by deciding on the theme first, and that’s what failed: “we were casting to a theme rather than just finding the best people and then figuring out what the theme is. So we learned from that and then went back out for this season and found the best people we could find.”