Fall TV Preview

Survivor 25: Facts of Life Alum, Former Baseball MVP Among Philippines Cast

You take the good, you take the bad, you take ’em all and then you have…the cast for Survivor‘s 25th season?

Yes indeed, while that tweak on the memorable ’80s sitcom theme song could probably be used to to sum up the contestants on any season of CBS’ reality granddaddy, it has particular relevance for Survivor: Philippines, which counts Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel (aka Blair Warner) among its 18 castaways.

Also competing for the title of Sole Survivor and a $1 million prize? Former National League MVP Jeff Kent of the San Francisco Giants (see photo, far right), plus a trio of former players who were medically evacuated from the game in prior seasons and are returning for a second chance to outwit, outplay, and outlast. (Gulp. Does this mean the return of Survivor: One World‘s wretched Colton Cumbie? Probably.)

For the the first time in eight years, Survivor: Philippines will split the contestants into three tribes, which will be named after animals in the region: Kalabaw (“Water Buffalo”), Tandang (“Rooster”) and Matsing (“Monkey”), according to a CBS release. Immunity challenges will include plenty of water-based battles, in which the three tribes will battle for first and second place in order to be granted immunity, with the third-place tribe heading to Tribal Council to eliminate a team member.

Survivor: Phillipines‘ 90-minute premiere is set for Sept. 19 (8/7c on CBS).

Excited for the new season? Are either of the celeb players making you more or less likely to tune in? And what are your thoughts on the return of three prior players who had to cut their Survivor journeys short due to injury? Sound off in the comments!