10:48 AM EDT 09/13/2016
Originally posted 09/07/2016 01:30PM
When you compete on Survivor, you are not only playing against other contestants, you are also playing against Mother Nature, and lately, Mother Nature has been winning.
Last season on Survivor: Kaoh Rong, the harsh Cambodian conditions led to three different medical evacuations, and host Jeff Probst now reveals exclusively to EW that the entire cast from the upcoming Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X had to be temporarily pulled from the game due to a cyclone in Fiji, where production was filming.
Tropical Cyclone Zena hit on April 6 – on day two of the game – forcing production to scramble to ensure the contestants' safety.
Originally posted 11/25/2015 11:10AM
For those who weren't watching Survivor in 2000, it's hard to understand Kelly Wiglesworth's importance to the franchise – and to reality TV in general.
Originally posted 10/10/2015 06:35PM
This season of Survivor is different from many others: of the 17 contestants left, almost all of them are legitimate threats to win the game.
Originally posted 10/10/2015 11:35AM
If you need a reminder that Survivor is a social game, look no further than Peih Gee Law.
Originally posted 10/07/2015 03:20PM
This season, it's Jeff Varner, the 49-year-old from North Carolina who's snarky, funny and extremely quotable – although he sometimes says things that make everyone's jaw drop.
In the first two episodes of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, Varner has been playing hard, all the while telling other contestants that the game is moving too fast and he's just trying to keep up. (You're not fooling us, Jeff. Sorry. You know exactly what you're doing.)
In an exclusive deleted scene from this week's episode, Varner talks strategy – and then shares how he feels about the other contestants.
Originally posted 10/02/2015 10:00PM
After spending 10 years applying for the show, she was finally cast in Survivor: Worlds Apart. On that season, she had vitriolic clashes with contestants Dan Foley and Will Sims that reduced her to tears.
Originally posted 09/30/2015 12:20PM
"These contestants are getting a second chance to play a game that millions of people want to play," Probst told PEOPLE. "It is not going to be easy for them."
Case in point: the seasons' second immunity challenge. In an exclusive sneak peek at Wednesday night's episode, teams climb over increasingly steep A-frame walls – and it doesn't go smoothly.
Originally posted 09/24/2015 04:45PM
Well, someone has to go first.
The reality of Survivor is that anyone can be the first to be voted off – although it's not usually a young, strong guy. In the first 30 seasons of Survivor, only four of the first boots were men under the age of 40. (And one of them was übervillain Jonny Fairplay, who was a special case.)
But in Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, it was 35-year-old yoga instructor Vytas Baskauskas who was first to take the walk of shame.
There's no question that other members of his tribe would be weaker in challenges, but Baskauskas was perceived as a well-connected contestant who might emerge as a threat.
Baskauskas tells PEOPLE what went wrong – and whom he holds responsible for his ouster.
Originally posted 08/25/2015 10:00AM
Well, this should be fun.
CBS has released the first details of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, and the season sure looks like a winner.
In May, America voted for the cast of the long-running franchise's 31st season. They chose 10 men and 10 women who had competed once before but hadn't won the game.
By and large, America got it right, although the omission of Survivor: Africa's Teresa Cooper was a heartbreaker.
Still, multiple sources have told PEOPLE that the season turned out to be one of the franchise's strongest in its 31-season history. Here's what to expect:
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