03:10 PM EDT 04/19/2016
WATCH: Survivor's Merge Episode Changes the Game as Jeff Probst Reveals Why This Is 'One of The Scariest Seasons'
Originally posted 03/30/2016 06:50PM
And now the game changes.
Originally posted 03/09/2016 03:45PM
Okay, watch the above exclusive Survivor preview showing the Survivor: Kaoh Rong episode 4 immunity challenge in which contestants have to run through obstacles and dig through sand for bags. We've seen it dozens of times before.
No big deal, right?
Originally posted 01/29/2016 02:55PM
Some people have jobs that are pure drudgery, where they do the same thing day after day after day after day.
After 16 years, you'd think that Jeff Probst would feel that way about Survivor. After all, he delivers many of the same lines on each episode. Immunity is won and lost. Someone is voted out. A torch is snuffed.
As the show prepares to debut its 32nd season in February, Probst enthusiastically tells PEOPLE that there is plenty of life left in the Survivor franchise. And the numbers don't lie – the show still delivers strong ratings, consistently winning the night in key demographics.
And Probst, 54, isn't going anywhere.
Originally posted 01/22/2016 05:20PM
CBS will begin airing its first Survivor preview since the newest cast was announced this weekend. In the First Look promo – obtained exclusively by PEOPLE – instead of playing the normal tribal music, the network is highlighting the suffering that the contestants endured.
Originally posted 01/20/2016 11:00AM
No, that's not a rhetorical question. We really want to know.
When the long-running reality show returns for its 32nd season, Survivor: Kaoh Rong, on Feb. 17, they've found a new batch of contestants to compete for the $1 million prize. Survivor's strength has always been in its casting, and, by the looks of this crew, they may have done it again.
There's a bounty hunter from Detroit, a Minnesota ER doctor, a semi-retired NBA player and a female bodybuilder from Georgia. There's a 19-year-old student and a 72-year-old(!) former FBI agent from Florida.
For the record, only one other septuagenarian has played Survivor. Rudy Boesch was 72 when he played in Survivor: Borneo and 75 when he competed in Survivor: All Stars. He turns 88 on Wednesday and is still going strong.
In a nod to 2014's exceptional Survivor: Cagayan, the tribes will be split up into the same three categories: Brains, Brawn and Beauty. By all accounts, it's a brutal season with inclement weather, exhausting challenges and more than one medical emergency.
The season will also feature a new twist: two hidden immunity idols can combine to form one super idol that can be played after the votes are read. (Okay, we'll reserve judgement on that one until we see it play out.)
Here are the 18 contestants who will try to Outwit, Outplay and Outlast their way to the end.
Originally posted 11/11/2015 11:45AM
For a show in its 31st season, Survivor has managed to keep things remarkably fresh and new.
A lot of the credit goes to host Jeff Probst and the producers, who throw in a liberal amount of twists and turns so that contestants never truly know what's coming. Over the years, we've seen tribal swaps, fake merges, hidden immunity idols and double eliminations. (We're going to pretend that Redemption Island and the outcast twist never happened.)
But sometimes, the twists are not masterminded by the producers. Contestants have come up with ingenious strategies to change the game.
Probst tells PEOPLE that the game isn't done evolving and that the second half of the season will mark a new era in Survivor history. Given the aggressive gameplay of this season's 20 returning contestants, nothing would surprise us.
Can PEOPLE's own Stephen Fishbach change up the game? In the exclusive preview above, he is plotting with Ciera Eastin to wrestle the game away from the alpha males. With her sneakiness and his strategy, it might just happen.
Below, Probst breaks down the season and tells us which players have impressed him – and which ones haven't learned from their mistakes.
Originally posted 11/04/2015 10:35AM
When the 31-year-old martial arts instructor played in Survivor: Cagayan, he made a colossal mistake in taking eventual winner Tony Vlachos to the finals even though he may have had a better chance against Kass McQuillen, who had rubbed some of the contestants the wrong way.
That choice cost him the game.
During his second chance, Hwang's game never really got off the ground. He went to nearly every tribal council and watched as his allies were voted off.
He was voted off on day 16 – partially because of his perceived closeness to contestant Andrew Savage.
Hwang tells PEOPLE what went wrong – and how he would play the game differently if he had another shot.
Originally posted 10/30/2015 01:00PM
"I always felt like I had what it takes to win the game," he told PEOPLE before competing on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, "and I've been waiting for ten years to go back."
But his dream came to an abrupt end the night of day 13 when host Jeff Probst came to the camp and told Deitz that his son was ill and that he needed to return home immediately.
It was very serious. Deitz's 17-year-old son, Danny, had an enlarged heart and needed an transplant. After more than two months in the hospital, he received a new heart.
Deitz, 56, tells PEOPLE about the scary experience and how his son is doing today.
Originally posted 10/21/2015 12:25PM
When we last checked in with the cast of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, the hapless Angkor tribe was so malnourished that they didn't have the energy to even finish last week's immunity challenge. (It was a shame, because we lost Jeff Varner, one of this season's most entertaining contestants.)
The worst-case scenario for Angkor would be another grueling physical immunity challenge.
Fortunately for Angkor, this week's challenge appears to be something that any tribe could win. In an exclusive preview of Wednesday's episode, contestants must climb onto a platform and use massive slingshots to hit targets on the beach.
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.
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