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Survivor 46’s cast, who will face ‘moral dilemmas’ 🤨 and ‘new twists’ 😭

Survivor 46’s cast, who will face ‘moral dilemmas’ 🤨 and ‘new twists’ 😭
Survivor 46's players: Tim Spicer, Liz Wilcox, Randen Montalvo, Maria Gonzalez, Q Burdette, Charlie Davis, Soda Thompson, Ben Katzman, and Jem Hussain-Adams. Bottom row: Hunter McKnight, Venus Vafa, Moriah Gaynor, Bhanu Gopal, Kenzie Veurink, Tiffany Ervin, Jessica “Jess” Chong, Tevin Davis, and David “Jelinsky” Jelinsky. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS)

CBS announced the cast of Survivor 46 early this afternoon, which has 18 brand-new players, as we’re used to now in this alleged new era.

The cast is diverse in origin (born in places ranging from Canada to Guyana) and profession (we have a “brand mentor” and a “parent coach,” plus a person who does slot machine sales, a salon owner, and multiple teachers).

It is not diverse in age: The 18 players range in age from 22 to 48, which is quite young, and I say that both defensively from here in my mid-40s, and also historically, as Rudy was 72 in season one and 75 during Survivor All Stars.

Survivor hasn’t had a player older than 50 since season 43, and he-who-shall-not-be-named was 51.

Let’s start casting some people in their 60s and 70s, please?

The release doesn’t say much about the new season, though I found the description of the season to be fascinating:

Building upon its legacy, this groundbreaking series continues to be the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance as this new set of castaways embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when they are left stranded on the breathtaking islands of Fiji. These determined players must form a new society and adapt to their physical and social surroundings while facing difficult obstacles and navigating a complex social game.

Okay, fine so far. Let’s continue:

The participants will be divided into three tribes of six and endure a faster, more intense season from the moment they step foot on the beach.

Yep, we’re sticking with condensed seasons, which are never going away. And finally:

The moral dilemmas, extreme situations and new twists in the game will test even the strongest competitor, and the mental and physical challenges require players to masterfully evolve their strategies to survive another day.

That’s the sentence that causes my ears to perk up/a little bile to swish around in my throat.

Survivor already has built-in moral dilemmas; we don’t need more, kthx. And enough with the twists, maybe, please, I know they’re never ever going to stop, sigh.

Survivor 46 premieres at the end of February; its first two episodes will be two hours each, and then it will shift to 90-minute episodes.

Survivor 46’s cast

A person wearing a black shirt standing arms akimbo on a beach
Jeff Probst, host and showrunner of Survivor 46 (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS)

Jeff Probst is back for Survivor 46, of course, once again serving as both showrunner and host.

Here are this season’s new players, and their current occupations and locations, per CBS:

  1. Q Burdette, 29, Memphis, Tenn., real estate agent
  2. Jessica “Jess” Chong, 37, San Francisco, software engineer
  3. Charlie Davis, 26, Boston, law student
  4. Tevin Davis, 24, Richmond, Virginia, actor
  5. Tiffany Nicole Ervin, 33, Elizabeth, N.J., artist
  6. Moriah Gaynor, 28, San Diego, program coordinator
  7. Maria Shrime Gonzalez, 48, Dallas, parent coach
  8. Bhanu Gopal, 41, Acton, Mass., IT quality analyst
  9. Jemila “Jem” Hussain-Adams, 32, Chicago, Ill., international brand mentor
  10. David “Jelinsky” Jelinsky, 22, Las Vegas, slot machine salesman
  11. Ben Katzman, 31, Miami, musician
  12. Hunter McKnight, 28, French Camp, Miss., science teacher
  13. Randen Montalvo, 41, Orlando, aerospace tech
  14. Tim Spicer, 31 Atlanta, college coach
  15. Soda Thompson, 27, Lake Hopatcong, N.J., special education teacher
  16. Venus Vafa, 24, Toronto, data analyst
  17. Kenzie Petty, 29, Charlotte, N.C., salon owner
  18. Liz Wilcox, 35, Orlando, marketing strategist

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Thursday 8th of February 2024

im tired of seeing a cast that all look like influencers / actors applying for survivor to get their 15 minutes of fame. vs just regular down to earth people. Is it just me?


Wednesday 7th of February 2024

I'm really over starting with 3 tribes. Can we go back to 2 tribes please?


Wednesday 7th of February 2024

@Jo, THANK YOU! How many seasons have we seen a tribe lose 2 or 3 people and the other tribes are forced to sit multiple people out? Probst needs to go back to the drawing board with this show. Too many things are upsetting the fan base.


Tuesday 6th of February 2024

I have to wonder if older (50+) people are even applying to be on the show. I'll be 50 this year and there is no way in hell I'd ever apply for Survivor. Although I am quite lazy. :)


Tuesday 6th of February 2024

@Andy Dehnart, Also, as you know, Probst has said he's making the show for kids, so maybe he's just not interested in the 50+ crowd.


Tuesday 6th of February 2024

@Andy Dehnart, Good point! I know they're out there too. Maybe the old school fans like us just don't like the direction the game has gone? I don't know. I would like to see more older people play though.

Andy Dehnart

Tuesday 6th of February 2024

I'm with you, Melissa! 😂 And good point! Kind of like they've done with diversifying in terms of race and sexuality, I think the casting team should just be more proactive in recruiting people. Every time I've done a foot race there have been people twice my age run right past me, so I'm confident there are athletic and capable people out there!