The new season of Survivor: Cagayan
will premiere on Wednesday, February 26 at 8/7c with a two hour episode on CBS. This is Survivor's
28th season, and it was recently renewed for two more additional seasons
Survivor is available on Amazon Prime.
The twist this season is that there will be three tribes with people separated into categories of brawn, brains, and beauty. Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly
that they choose the groupings to reflect the different qualities that the average contestant brings to Survivor
"I'm not saying these necessarily are the only three, but these are three very distinct type of people," Jeff said. "It's really interesting how that label either works or doesn't for each individual. The brawn tribe is more aggressive. And they're more sports-like. And the brains tribe has this enormous pressure out of the gate that 'If there is a puzzle, we have to win.' And it was really interesting to watch the beautiful people talk about their beauty and how charm gets them through life, and watch it play out in alliances."
Jeff also explained that they were going for a more layered premise this year, asking the question which, if there is one, quality is the most important when playing the game?
Besides being the first season to start with a two hour premiere since Heroes vs. Villains
, this will be the first season with absolutely no returning players since Nicaragua
, both of which aired in 2010. But Jeff says that the producers were listening to fan feedback when they cast 18 new castaways for season 28.
"We listened to our fans," Jeff told EW
. "That was really it. They've been saying over and over, 'We love the returning players, but we'd like to see a cast of new players.' And that's why we did it. That doesn't mean we will do it again anytime soon and it doesn't mean that we won't do it. Season 29 could be all new players as well. We're going to see how it plays and make decisions based on that."Survivor
hopes to continue the high-ratings wave after its last season, Blood vs. Water
was one of the most popular season in years and the second highest rated reality show on television. On the other hand, seasons with no returning players have tended to drop in ratings. (Image and video courtesy of CBS)