In a twist, competing tribes will be asked to immediately pick (in silence!) a chief, someone to make all the decisions for the group, according to a press release from the network.
"Surrounded by coconut palms in a land steeped in tradition, the Samoans who inhabit this island have a proud history and strong sense of community that has enabled their own survival," the release says. "From the start of the game, Survivor embraces this Samoan culture by incorporating an ancient tradition of electing an individual leader of the village."
Watch the clip to meet the castaways of Survivor: Samoa and keep reading for their stats.
In alphabetical order ...
David BallAge: 38 Hometown: Los Angeles Occupation: fitness instructor
Besty BolanAge: 48 Hometown: Campton, N.H. Occupation: police officer
Mike Borassi Age: 62 Hometown: Marina del Rey, Calif. Occupation: private chef
Ben BrowningAge: 28 Hometown: Los Angeles Occupation: mixologist
Marisa CalihanAge: 26 Hometown: Cincinnati Occupation: student
Erik Cardona Age: 28 Hometown: Ontario, Calif. Occupation: bartender
Brett Clouser Age: 23 Hometown: Los Angeles via Salem, Ore. Occupation: T-shirt designer
John FincherAge: 25 Hometown: Los Angeles Occupation: rocket scientist
Yasmin GilesAge: 33 Hometown: Los Angeles via Detroit Occupation: hairstylist
Russell HantzAge: 36 Hometown: Dayton, Texas Occupation: oil company owner
Elizabeth KimAge: 33 Hometown: New York City Occupation: urban planner
Laura MorettAge: 39 Hometown: Salem, Ore. Occupation: office manager
Monica PadillaAge: 25 Hometown: San Diego Occupation: law student
Jaison RobinsonAge: 28 Hometown: Chicago Occupation: law student
Kelly SharbaughAge: 25 Hometown: Los Angeles via Wilmington, Del. Occupation: hairstylist
Russell SwanAge: 42 Hometown: Glenside, Pa. Occupation: attorney
Ashley TrainerAge:22 Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn. Occupation: spa sales
Mick TrimmingAge:33 Hometown: Los Angeles via Boise, Idaho Occupation: doctor
Shannon WatersAge: 45 Hometown: Renton, Wash. Occupation: sales rep
Natalie WhiteAge: 26 Hometown: Van Buren, Ark.Occupation: pharmaceutical sales