Fall TV Preview

Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Cast Revealed (Rupert, Again!) -- Plus: Several New Twists on Tap

Returning “favorites” (including, yes, Rupert) — will compete with loved ones (among them, a Big Brother champ) when CBS’ Survivor premieres its 27th edition, Blood Vs. Water, on Sept. 18.

Survivor Blood Vs Water Cast

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Among the twists on tap for the new season, as detailed more thoroughly at Xfinity:

* The competition will actually start at nighttime, as each returning player and their loved one is stranded at a spot in the dark jungle.

* Almost straight away, each tribe will be forced to vote someone off. Those castoffs will be sent to Redemption Island — though their loved one has the option of taking their place. The first casualty of tribal council will engage in a three-way contest with the Redemption Island pair to decide whose torch gets snuffed and which two reclaim their buff. (Just prior to that duel, active players again have a chance to sub for their loved one.)

* The winner of each Redemption Island contest is awarded a clue about the Immunity Idol’s location — then must decide with whom to share it.

And now, the cast, per Xfinity:

RETURNING PLAYER: Tyson Apostol (Tocantins, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: Rachel (girlfriend)

RETURNING PLAYER: Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands, All-Stars, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: Laura (wife)

RETURNING PLAYER: Aras Baskauskas (Panama–Exile Island)
LOVED ONE: Vytas (brother)

RETURNING PLAYER: Gervase Peterson (Borneo)
LOVED ONE: Marissa (niece)

RETURNING PLAYER: Kat Edorsson (One World)
LOVED ONE: Hayden (boyfriend and Big Brother 12 winner)

RETURNING PLAYER: Candice Cody (Cook Islands, Heroes Vs. Villains)
LOVED ONE: John (husband)

RETURNING PLAYER: Laura Morett (Samoa)
LOVED ONE: Clera (daughter)

RETURNING PLAYER: Monica Culpepper (One World)
LOVED ONE: Brad (husband)

RETURNING PLAYER: Colton Cumbie (One World)
LOVED ONE: Caleb (fiance)

RETURNING PLAYER: Tina Wesson (Australian Outback, All-Stars)
LOVED ONE: Katie (daughter)