NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – Survivor will soon be back on CBS for its 26th season and its bringing back a few familiar faces as well including a player from Miami.
Friday, CBS announced the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites.
Ten ultimate Survivor fans will have the chance to prove they have what it takes when they take on 10 of their favorite players from the past.
Dropped on the exotic Caramoan Islands, the 20 castaways will be divided into two tribes of 10: “The Bikal Tribe,” made up of former players deemed favorites, and “The Gota Tribe,” comprised of ultimate fans of the game.
One of the “favorite” players didn’t have much time between shows.
Malcolm Freberg headed back to the wilderness for this edition of the show, just three weeks after returning from Survivor: Philippines.
Freberg, 25, was a force in challenges and a charismatic player on Philippines, where he placed fourth.
He’ll face off against returning players like Brandon Hantz, the nephew of super-villain uncle Russell Hantz. Brandon played on Survivor: South Pacific and will be reunited with his South Pacific castmates Dawn Meehan and John Cochran.
They’ll be joined by Phillip Sheppard, the “former federal agent” from Survivor: Redemption Island. He was notorious for wearing a feather in his headband, his pink underwear and his abrasive antics.
Sheppard will be joined by his former Redemption Island tribemates Andrea Boehlke and Francesca Hogi.
Also joining the tribe of Favorites will be Gabon’s Corrine Kaplan, Micronesia’s Erik Reichenbach, and Nicaragua’s Brenda Lowe, who is from Miami.
The Favorites may have an edge because of their experience, but they also have a big target on their backs.
Meanwhile, the Fans, although inexperienced, can draw on their extensive knowledge of the game to give them an advantage.
The 10 new players include Miss Missouri 2011, a firefighter/EMT, a female racecar driver, and former United States Marine Corps Sgt. Shamar Thomas, who gained a measure of Internet fame after a video posted of him berating New York City police officers for excessive force during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration.
So who will prevail when these tribes collide and the castaways vie to outwit, outplay and outlast one another for the title of Sole Survivor and the one million dollar prize?
The Emmy Award-winning series returns with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 8:00 p.m. on CBS4.