The Survivor 2012 cast has been confirmed and there might be a couple of familiar faces in the bunch — even aside from the three returning players. Fans might recognize Lisa Whelchel from her time as Blair Warner on 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life.” Also joining the Survivor Philippines cast is Major League Baseball All-Star Jeff Kent.
While the three returning players this season are to be confirmed later this week, they’re said to be Jonathan Penner – Cook Islands, Micronesia, Russell Swan – Samoa, and Mike Skupin – Australian Outback.
15 of the 18 Survivor Philippines Cast:
Kalabaw (Water Buffalo) Tribe
- Sarah Dawson, 28, Silver Spring, Maryland, insurance salesperson
- Katie Hanson, 22, Newark, Delaware, 2011 Miss Delaware
- Jeff Kent, 44, Austin, Texas, former Major League Baseball All Star
- Dana Lambert, 32, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, cosmetologist
- Carter Williams, 24, Shawnee, Kansas, coach
Matsing (Monkey) Tribe
- Malcolm Freberg, 25, Hermosa Beach, California, bartender
- Zane Knight, 28, Danville, Virginia, tire repairman
- Angie Layton, 20, Provo, Utah, model and former Miss Utah Teen USA
- Roxanne “Roxy” Morris, 28, Brooklyn, seminary student
- Denise Stapley, 41, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, therapist
Tandang (Rooster) Tribe
- Abi-Maria Gomes, 32, Los Angeles, student
- Roberta “RC” Saint-Amour, 27, New York, banker
- Artis Silvester, 53, Terry Town, Louisiana, computer engineer
- Lisa Whelchel, 49, Dallas, former star TV’s “The Facts of Life”
- Peter “Pete” Yurkowski, 24, Holmdel, New Jersey, engineering graduate
We’re not far from the premiere of Survivor Philippines which means it’s time for rumors, speculations, and spoilers on the new season’s cast! We had heard from Jeff Probst that he’d like to work in returning Survivor players each season, blah, so those are part of the preseason spoilers too.
As part of the Survivor 2012 teaser video we saw at the end of One World we learned past players who were evacuated for medical reasons would return for this season. That seemed like a perfect segue to bring back Colton, last season’s “villain.” If these rumors are accurate then we won’t be seeing Colton again for this season of Survivor.
All season long, CBS has asked the Survivor One 2012 castoffs questions from fans on Facebook and Twitter and they’ve released the latest, which is actually for Survivor One World winner Kim Spradlin.
Here’s what you, the fans, and she had to say:
Sonya H.: KIM, what are some of the things you are planning to use the money for?
Kim – I have two bridesmaid boutiques that I could put a little money in to. I have some bills to pay and I’m looking to have a little fun and travel.
Ralph W.: Congratulations, Kim! Well earned. Were you surprised that Chelsea did not receive any votes at the final vote?
Kim: Yes initially. During the gameplay I thought she was my biggest competition
Survivor One World watchers weren’t the only ones who thought this season was a bit of a bore. Even host Jeff Probst revealed his true feelings about the season to Entertainment Weekly.
“I think this season was a bit of a letdown,” Jeff said. “No fault of the Survivors, we are the producers. We just didn’t have the standout moments and characters needed for a great season.”
Jeff says that won’t be the case for next season. Survivor Philippines “is going to be a return to GREAT Survivor. I really believe we will remind the audience of how fun Survivor can be.”
Ratings for the finale were also down. Looks like after about week four when it became clear Kim was going to steamroll all the way to the end a couple of folks decided they could use that three hours on Sunday for something more productive. According to reports, the ratings were 10.22 million for the finale and 8.07 million stuck around for the live reunion. That’s down 30 percent for the finale compared to last Spring. The reunion was down 29 percent.
Last night on the Survivor One World finale we learned a little more about the next Survivor 2012 season: Philippines. Host Jeff Probst introduced us to next season’s twist and it’s a twist on a twist that I’d rather not see again: returning players.
On season 25 of Survivor there will be three tribes, presumably six castaways in each, and one of those castaways from each tribe will be a returning player who was previously eliminated for medical reasons. I wonder how long after Colton’s departure during One World the production team decided they needed to find a way to get him back because this seems tailor made for just that reason. Don’t forget Jeff Probst also asked Colton during the One World Reunion show if he would come back for another season.