I think we can all agree that Season 24 of Survivor was anti-climactic, even though we liked the One World concept. But admit it, watching Kim steamroll everyone throughout the season left us thirsty for some good ol’ Survivor drama.
Not surprisingly, Survivor: One World was the lowest rated Survivor finale in all it’s 12 years of airing on CBS with only 10.2 million people tuning in, down 30% from a year ago. (Random Trivia: Survivor’s first season had a whopping 50 million viewers!) Even fewer people tuned into the reunion show, 8.1 million, also a record low. It seems that Jeff Probst even found Season 24 to be a drag. He told EW.com:
“Next season is going to be a return to GREAT Survivor. I really believe we will remind the audience of how fun Survivor can be. I think this season was a bit of a letdown. No fault of the Survivors, we are the producers. We just didn’t have the standout moments and characters needed for a great season. We do next season. See ya sooon”!
So what do we know about Survivor season 25 being in the Philippines? Probst fills us in on some spoilers for the season:
“The biggest, most thrilling game on television is also the most grueling. For 24 seasons castaways have been pitted against the elements, faced off versus wildlife and have been taken to the edge of their own limits. Some have paid the ultimate price, pulled from the game with one question in mind and their hearts, ‘What could’ve been?’
“Next season, three castaways who were airlifted out will be given a second shot. They’ll join 3 tribes of new players in one of our most treacherous locations yet, the Philippines. Here, thousands of islands scattered over the southwest Asian sea, hide a dark and sinister secret. The waters are teeming with ravenous sharks and the land provides no refuge. Deadly snakes rule the jungles and the furious storms can break even the strongest of spirits.
“This time will the veterans survive the elements AND the vote in order to claim the million dollar prize? OR, will a new castaway emerge as the new, sole survivor? Find out this fall on Survivor: The Philippines.”
We only get a split second glimpse at the 3 returning players, but here they are:
The list of those castaways who have been medically evacuated (let me know if I am missing any) is as such: Michael Skupin, Bruce Kanegai, Gary Stritesky, Jonathan Penner, James Clement, Joe Dowdle, Mike Borassi, Russell Swan, Colton Cumbie and Kourtney Moon.
So it looks like it will be three men returning despite the one in the middle looking like a girl (is it just me?). You can count out both Colton and Kourtney, because shooting in the Philippines is already complete and there is no WAY Colton came off the island looking like he did on the Season 24 finale. Just saying, he doesn’t look like he’s skipped any meals recently. As for Kourtney, she has been battling cancer (which Jeff never once asked her about during the finale) and doesn’t fit the profiles of anyone in the photo above.
I don’t think it is Bruce or Penner because I have either seen, or spoken with, them during the time I believe the show was shooting in the Philippines. (UPDATE: I re-checked dates and it seems I spoke with Penner a week ro two BEFORE shooting. So it looks like he might be IN! Yay!) I’m thinking maybe pictured in the photo is Joe Dowdle on the left, and either Michael Skupin (or James?) on the right…but who the hell is that in the middle? I am baffled. Any guesses?
Read more about the new Survivor location in the Philippines (both season 25 & 26 will take place here) and check out the very first promo clip for Season 25 below and tell us your thoughts on the upcoming season.