Is blood really thicker than water? That's the question Survivor will seek to answer in its 27th Season, which pits 10 returning players against their children, siblings and significant others.
"We've talked for years about, could we do a loved ones scenario? But we just never felt like we had the right people," host Jeff Probst tells TVGuide.com. "I think people will be surprised that the notion, 'Could I vote out one of my loved ones?' comes into play. There seems to be a lot of people thinking, 'Oh, I could never vote out my loved one.' But I don't know."
Meet the cast of Survivor: Blood vs. Water
The family members will eventually compete against each other on opposing tribes — but not before they're lulled into a false sense of security, thanks to the show's new "Day Zero" concept. Instead of the typical 39 days on an island, the Blood vs. Water contestants will play for 39.5 days, spending the first night paired off with their loved ones before the game officially starts the next morning. (More on that in our Q&A below.)
Also making a return this season is...
Neil Patrick Harris
These indelible and infinitely quotable words spoken by our favorite TV characters and personalities are forever etched in our brains. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
CBS has unveiled the former Survivor castaways returning to play against their loved ones on the newest season Blood vs. Water.
Survivor: One World castaway Kat Edorsson will compete against her boyfriend, Big Brother 12 winner Hayden Moss. They'll be joined by other familiar faces including Season 1's Gervase Peterson, who'll play against his niece Marissa, and previous winners Tina Wesson (The Australian Outback) and Aras Baskauskas (Panama). Returning players will make up the yellow Galang tribe and the new cast members will be a part of the red Tadhana tribe.
Jeff Probst, Katie Couric
It wasn't exactly a match made in heaven for talk show hosts Katie Couric and Jeff Probst, who both admitted that they once went on a date.
"I went out with Jeff Probst once," Couric told Howard Stern earlier this week. "I think he had puka shells on -- that was kind of a weird thing."
John Cochran went from, as he tells it, an "annoying freak" on his first season of Survivor (South Pacific) to the Sole Survivor in his second outing, Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites, with not a single vote cast against him throughout the entire run of the latter. How'd he do it?
Sunday's finale of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites opened with a shocking twist (and no, we're not talking about Brenda's ouster last week). Erik, leaving Tribal Council, tells his fellow castaways that he's feeling dizzy and disoriented, enough so that host Jeff Probst calls the show's doctor over to take a look. And apparently Erik's complaints of hunger last week weren't just whining. The physician immediately diagnoses Erik as being in a starvation state, hooks him up to an IV and pulls him from the game. That leaves four competitors with three days remaining: Dawn, Cochran, Eddie and Sherri. Who won? Keep reading to find out. (And side note: Who would have thought that, of all the contestants, Sherri and Eddie would be among the final four? Wild!)
Jeff Probst, Dawn Meehan
At the start of Wednesday's Survivor, all of the remaining contestants seem to be reeling a bit after voting Reynold and Andrea out at the last two Tribal Councils.
"All the chicks that I go after and try to hook up with get voted out," Eddie astutely observes, adding that he feels like a "sitting duck" heading into the next Tribal Council. Meanwhile, Dawn is torn between being loyal to Cochran and potentially forming a new alliance with Erik and Brenda, who want to vote Cochran out.
Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs Favorites
Wednesday's Survivor was a Double Tribal Council episode. So, who was blindsided?
Andrea Boehlke, John Cochran and Reynold Toepfer
On Survivor this week, The Three Amigos (Malcolm, Reynold and Eddie) were looking to bring someone over to their alliance after Malcolm's power play last week resulted in Phillip packing his bags. Did they succeed, or did the remaining Stealth R Us members stick together even without Phillip?
I pledge allegiance to the channel that has delivered some of the most potent entertainment this calendar year — that would be FX, which recently wrapped another fantastic season of Justified and is nearing the end of the superb first cycle of the dark spy drama The Americans, only a week away from its finale. As you'd expect, the twists gain in intensity in the penultimate episode (Wednesday, 10/9c), which as my opening line suggests deals significantly in matters of faith, trust and vows of loyalty.