survivor Fans undoubtedly get excited when CBS announces that some of their favorite castaways will return to play the game again. It all began with Survivor: All-Stars in 2004, and there have been many different iterations of that format ever since. But with 43 seasons under the show’s belt, how many have had returning survivor players?
Thirteen ‘Survivor’ seasons have included former castaways
As mentioned above, Survivor: All-Stars was the first season to feature returning contestants. Eighteen players from the show’s first seven seasons gathered on the Pearl Islands of Panama to see who was the best.
following Survivor: All-Stars, the series produced 12 more seasons with returning castaways. They are:
Survivor: Micronesiaaka fans vs. favorites
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Survivor: Redemption Island
Survivor: South Pacific
Survivor: Caramoanaka fans vs. favorites
Survivor: Blood vs. Toilet
Survivor: Cambodiaaka Second Chance
Survivor: Game Changers
Survivor: Edge of Extinction
Survivor: Winners at War
Technically, Sandra Diaz-Twine and Rob Mariano starred in Survivor: Island of the Idols, but they didn’t compete as castaways. Instead, they advised newbies when they came to the ‘”Island of the Idols.” And out of all the returning players, Rob has been on the most survivor seasons—six, including Island of the Idols.
Since Survivor: Winners at War, CBS has yet to ask former castaways to play again. So fans have watched three straight seasons of new players.
When will the next returning players season air?
Although there is no confirmation regarding when survivor Fans can expect to see returning players next, host Jeff Probst informed Entertainment Weekly that it’s in the cards.
“Ace survivor Superfans know, there have only been two casting producers in our 22-year history,” Probst shared. Lynne Spillman was the first. She was there from day one and found some of the most iconic survivor players of all time. She’s a legend and the first inductee into the Unscripted Casting Hall of Fame.”
He added, “Then Jesse Tannenbaum took over and with his team has found some of the most electric, likable, diverse, layered players of the modern game. So many of them are on our list for a second shot at some point.”
“To your question about a season of returning players, the truly honest answer is we don’t know,” the host explained. “We are definitely open to returning players from any era, but we don’t plan that far ahead. Right now, we like the excitement of new players. But you never know when an idea will spark, and we’ll be picking up the phone to start calling former players, hoping they say yes!”
So Probst claims that there is currently no plan for former survivor castaways to return in a future season. However, he also revealed that it’s bound to happen. And hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later. how does survivor Season 45 sound to everyone?
Everything we know about ‘Survivor’ Season 44
survivor Season 44 premieres on Wednesday, March 1, at 8 pm ET on CBS. And according to the preview and spoilers, it will feature 18 new castaways.
The rumored cast list is as follows:
Dr Joshua Wilder
Jaime Lynne Ruiz
Yamil “Yam Yam” Arocho
All seasons of survivor are available to stream on Paramount+.