Of all the long running series that somehow still manage to be on TV, Survivor is one of the very few shows I still make time to watch. For me, the thing that brings me back every February and September is the producer’s abilities to introduce new elements to the game and the brilliance of the casting team.
Survivor: Worlds Apart debuts at the end of February for the shows 30th season. I can still recall watching Richard Hatch in the first season in Borneo and the villain he was. 30 series on and somehow they manage to find some of the most polarising people in America, isolate them from the rest of the world and force them to live together on a deserted beach somewhere.
This new season again has a fresh twist. With recent seasons focusing on family pairings in the game, this season will see three tribes of six people from three specific walks of life.
Firstly, the white collar tribe (Masaya) – Those who make the rules.
Max Dawson, Carolyn Rivera, Joaquin Souberbielle, Tyler Fredrickson, So Kim and Shirin Oskooi.
Then the blue collar tribe (Escameca) who live by the rules:
Dan Foley, Kelly Remington, Mike Holloway, Sierra Thomas, Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Lindsey Cascaddan.
And finally the no collar tribe (Nargarote) who break the rules:
Joe Anglim, Hali Ford, Will Sims II, Vince Sly, Nina Poersch and Jenn Brown.
I expect that we’ll see three very different approaches to the game this season and if casting have done half as good a job as they usually do, we’ll be in for another great season.
Of all the contestants, you might recognise Will Sims from this: