THE NEW SEASON OF "SURVIVOR" AIRS ON CBS FEB. 28.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
CBS recently announced the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on “Survivor” when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 36th season with a special two-hour premiere, Feb. 28 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on the CBS.
This edition, themed "Ghost Island," features 20 new castaways divided into two groups of 10, and centers around the bad decisions of past players. In a new twist, players may be sent to a separate haunted island filled with Survivor relics from the previous 35 seasons of the show.
The question is: will these new players be able to learn from the past mistakes of others and "reverse the curse," or will the past come back to haunt them? Showcasing the series' extensive history, “Ghost Island” is filled with real idols and advantages from previous seasons, including from Brazil, China, Africa and Australia, serving as a haunted graveyard for unfortunate choices made by former players.
"Survivor” continues to be a complicated game of social politics and everything rests on one's ability to make the right decision at the right time," said Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst.
"This season, “Ghost Island” serves as a constant reminder that one bad decision can haunt a player forever."
These new castaways will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the “Sole Survivor.” This season's castaways include an Army veteran, a social media strategist, an emergency medical technician and a marine animal trainer.
The following are the 20 castaways competing this spring.
"NAVITI" TRIBE (Purple)
Angela Perkins, 42 Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Army Veteran
Chelsea Townsend, 24 Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah EMT
Desiree Afuye, 21 Hometown: Newark, N.J. Student
Kellyn Bechtold, 31 Hometown: North Manchester, Ind. Career Counselor
Morgan Ricke, 29 Hometown: New Albany, Ind. Marine Animal Trainer
Bradley Kleihege, 26 Hometown: Haslett, Mich. Law Student
Chris Noble, 27 Hometown: Florida Keys, Fla. Male Model
Domenick Abbate, 38 Hometown: Nesconset, N.Y. Construction Supervisor
Sebastian Noel, 22 Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Fishing Guide
Wendell Holland, 33 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. Furniture Designer
"MALOLO" TRIBE (Orange)
Jenna Bowman, 23 Hometown: Detroit, Mich. Account Executive
Laurel Johnson, 29 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. Financial Consultant
Libby Vincek, 24 Hometown: Houston, Texas Social Media Strategist
Stephanie Gonzalez, 26 Hometown: Ocala, Fla. via Puerto Rico Graphic Sales
Stephanie Johnson, 34 Hometown: Boise, Idaho Yoga Instructor
Brendan Shapiro, 41 Hometown: Herndon, Va. Physical Education Teacher
Donathan Hurley, 26 Hometown: Phelps, Ky. Caretaker
Jacob Derwin, 22 Hometown: Merrick, N.Y. Music Teacher
James Lim, 24 Hometown: Los Angeles Business Analyst
Michael Yerger, 18 Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn. Real Estate Agent.
“Survivor” is hosted by Emmy Award-winner Jeff Probst and produced by S.E.G. Holdco., LLC. Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst are executive producers.
Editor’s Note: For more detailed information on “Survivor” and the castaways, log on to www.cbs.com/survivor.
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OTHER TV NEWS OF NOTE:
NATIONWIDE TALENT SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR SEASON TWO OF “THE GONG SHOW” ON ABC
In the immortal words of host Tommy Maitland, "Who's a cheeky monkey? YOU ARE!" "The Gong Show" is back for season two, and now is the time for unusually talented and unique performers to see if they have what it takes to appear on the show and survive the gong!
Hosted by Tommy Maitland (portrayed by Mike Myers) and executive produced by Will Arnett, "The Gong Show" is offering you or someone you know the opportunity to show off your wonderfully unpredictable, strange, weird, odd, one-of-a-kind and original acts that could lead to a performance on "The Gong Show" stage in front of a celebrity-filled judging panel and viewers across the country.
And calling all parents--are your kids, nine years old or older, super talented or have an incredibly unique skill? Or do you and your family have a fun act? Then come on down and spend some quality family time on "The Gong Show"!
Potential contestants can apply online at www.gongshowcasting.com or attend an open casting in Los Angeles on March 24. A parent/legal guardian must submit on a minor's behalf.
"The Gong Show" and MysticArt Pictures are accepting auditions from zany and creative acts of all kinds and will be auditioning singers, dancers, unique comedy acts, people who can pull off a random feat, skill, or stunning stunts, groups, individuals with special hobbies, comedians, and incredibly talented people of all ages. Nothing is off the table!
OPEN CASTING CALL:
March 24--Flappers Comedy Club Burbank
102 East Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
Auditions open at 9 a.m. Performers must RSVP with their name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to attending the event to receive a code for Gong Entrance.
Performers must also complete an application at www.gongshowcasting.com to be considered.
"THE GONG SHOW" EVENTS:
Family Audition Day--Heartbeat Music & Performing Arts Academy:
6193 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92115
Parents, sign up for your kids/family to perform: email@example.com
Must be at least 9 years of age to be considered. A parent/legal guardian must submit on a minor's behalf.
To be considered for "The Gong Show," performers must upload a video submission of their act and complete the online application at www.gongshowcasting.com. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the potential contestant for an audition.
"The Gong Show" is produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live audience.
"The Gong Show" is executive produced by Will Arnett, Peter Principato, Marc Forman, Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Mike Myers, Jason Weinberg, Conrad Green. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, David Bohnert, Chris Choun and Dan Norris are co-executive producers.
ABOUT DEN OF THIEVES:
Den of Thieves is a force for ambitious music-driven event shows and uniquely stylized television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, their credits cover a vast array of formats that include ABC's "The Gong Show," FOX's "American Idol" and the multi-network broadcast of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief."
Beyond that, Den of Thieves thrives in the live event and award show space, having produced the MTV Video Music Awards for 11 consecutive years, the iHeart Radio Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, Peabody Awards and more.
ABOUT ABC ENTERTAINMENT:
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, with new shows including fall's No. 1 new drama, "The Good Doctor"; as well as "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" and "The Mayor"; and current hits such as groundbreaking dramas "Designated Survivor," "Quantico," "Scandal" "How to Get Away with Murder," "Grey's Anatomy," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Once Upon a Time."
The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy Award-winning "Modern Family" and trailblazing comedy favorites: "black-ish," "American Housewife," "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Goldbergs," "The Middle" and "Speechless"; hit game shows "$100,000 Pyramid," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth."
There's also the reality phenomenon "Shark Tank," "The Bachelor" franchise, long-running hits "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," and the return of "American Idol" and "General Hospital," which has aired for over 50 years on the network, along with daytime talk show "The Chew"; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
The network also boasts some of television's most prestigious awards shows, including "The Oscars," "The CMA Awards" and "The American Music Awards."
ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION:
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform.
In addition to managing one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 21 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world.
Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.
Editor’s Note: Information used in these articles obtained from publicity departments.