A lot of behind-the-scenes drama with casting, including last-minute drops and adds, has led Survivor to drop its planned winners versus jury versus early boot format, and instead go with a 20-person cast of all-returnee all-stars.
Perhaps “Survivor: The Cast We Could Assemble” is the most-accurate description right now. While their season’s title and twist is not currently known, I have learned that the cast has left for Fiji, and the game likely starts Friday.*
Inside Survivor, which earlier published a list of possible candidates, has published a list of the 20 returnees. That includes two people from season 33, Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X, but because this new season includes a range of players, from pre-merge boots to winners, their inclusion here tells us nothing about how well they did in season 33.
Some quick stats on the new cast:
- For 12 of the cast members, this will be their second chance at the game.
- Six of the cast members will be playing for a third time.
- Two people will be playing for a fourth time.
Survivor 34’s all-star cast
The returning all-stars are, according to Inside Survivor:
- Andrea Boehlke, Survivor Redemption Island and Survivor Caramoan
- Michaela Bradshaw, Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X
- Aubry Bracco, Survivor Kaoh Rong
- Brad Culpepper, Survivor Blood vs. Water
- Sierra Dawn-Thomas, Survivor Worlds Apart
- Sandra Diaz-Twine, Survivor Pearl Islands and Survivor Heroes vs. Villains
- Ciera Eastin, Survivor Blood vs. Water and Survivor Cambodia
- Cirie Fields, Survivor Panama, Survivor Micronesia, and Survivor Heroes vs. Villains
- Hali Ford, Survivor Worlds Apart
- Malcolm Freberg, Survivor Philippines and Survivor Caramoan
- Sarah Lacina, Survivor Cagayan
- Ozzy Lusth, Survivor Cook Islands, Survivor Micronesia, and Survivor South Pacific
- Caleb Reynolds, Survivor Kaoh Rong
- Troyzan Robertson, Survivor One World
- Zeke Smith, Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X
- JT Thomas, Tocantins and Survivor Heroes vs. Villains
- Tai Trang, Survivor Kaoh Rong
- Jeff Varner, Survivor Australia and Survivor Cambodia
- Tony Vlachos, Survivor Cagayan
- Debbie Wanner, Survivor Kaoh Rong
* This sentence was corrected and updated. I regret the earlier error in the timeline.