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Article by ShowBiz Sheets dated 8//10/19.



After just about 20 years of Survivor, you’d think CBS and host Jeff Probst would have pulled out all their tricks and twists by now. You’d be wrong. Season 39 is a mere month away, and fans are thrilled because that means Season 40 will coast in on its heels.

While fans are excited for Season 40, Winners at War, the entire theme of the season is actually one that Jeff Probst had previously spoken out against — all-stars. But, whatever Jeff may think about the decision to move forward with an all-star season, the tribes have been established, and frankly, they’re pretty thrilling.

What does Jeff think?



Jeff Probst has made it clear in the past that he’s not a big supporter of an all-star Survivor season. Based on Probst’s previous statements about having an all-star season, many fans were surprised when Season 40 was announced as such.

Previously, Probst told Us Weekly, “We can’t do all winners. As a producer, I would never suggest it. I would say it’s not a good idea. We have 10 great winners that you’d want to see play again,” he says. “We don’t have 20. We don’t have 18. Some of the winners don’t want to play again. Some of the greats are like, ‘No, we’re done.’”

From the sound of things, CBS won out over Probst. He added, “CBS wants to do it. They’re pitching me all the time. And I’m going, ‘I’ll sit down with you and show you the list!’ We don’t have it. And if I sat down and we wasted our time and I walked you through all our winners, you would say, ‘Oh, you’re right. You don’t have a season.’ We have a tribe of winners, that’s it.”

Whether CBS got the better of Probst, or Probst had a change of heart, most fans seem to be excited to see the greats get together again on one season.

A new twist revealed



When Survivor: Winners at War was announced, fans were already over the moon with the all-star twist. But, it turns out that’s not all Jeff Probst had in store for us. It seems as if there’s a new money-based twist involved in Winners at War, and also the return of a controversial twist, Extinction Island.

It seems as if the money-based twist is a sort of Survivor currency. According to Inside Survivor, “…at the start of the game, each player is given a certain amount of Survivor ‘money.’ This money can then be exchanged for rewards, comfort items, and advantages throughout the season. When a player is voted out, they must will their money and any purchased items to another player still in the game, much like the Legacy Advantage.”

It seems that this time around, players who end up on Extinction Island will be able to send advantages to other players. However, those advantages will be bought with currency, which Extinction Island members can then use the currency they gain to pay for comfort items or food.

The all-star tribes




According to Inside Survivor, there will be two tribes this season. Currently, they’ve been revealed only as Blue Tribe and Red Tribe, though it’s likely those names will change.
As of now, Blue Tribe consists of Amber Mariano, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Sarah Lacina, Sophie Clarke, Nick Wilson, Tony Vlachos, Tyson Apostol, Wendell Holland, and Yul Kwon.

Red Tribe is composed of, Adam Klein, Ben Driebergen, Ethan Zohn, Jeremy Collins, Rob Mariano, Danni Boatwright, Denise Stapley, Michele Fitzgerald, Natalie Anderson, and Parvati Shallow.

There’s almost too many Survivor icons to choose from — who are you rooting for?




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Richard (Borneo, All-Stars)

The most important figure in Survivor history. He created alliances. He created strategy. He made the game what it is today. It doesn’t last for 40 seasons if he doesn’t set the foundation in Season 1. He returned for All-Stars but hasn’t been back since. He was almost cast again on multiple occasions but was denied permission because of his arrest over tax evasion. If he’s able to play this time, he needs to be back.

Boston Rob (Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island)

One of the most well-known contestants in the show’s history. This would be his fifth time playing the game. He finally got his crown on Redemption Island with a near perfect performance that felt like The Godfather. I was always Team Russell over Team Rob, but it’s impossible to have a legends season without Boston Rob and his Red Sox hat.

Tony (Cagayan, Game Changers)

Him and Russell are my two favorite contestants ever. Tony in Cagayan is the most entertaining game I’ve ever seen a winner play. He was a huge target in Game Changers and kind of screwed himself, but I still NEED to see him play again.

Yul (Cook Islands)

Yul quietly played one of the strongest winner games in Survivor history. Ozzy gets all the headlines from that season, but Yul was a silent assassin. All these years later, he still hasn’t returned. I hope that changes.

Todd (China)

Similar to Yul, Todd had a strong yet not flashy winning performance that sometimes gets overlooked. We haven’t seen him play again either. I’d love to see him get another chance and think he would fare well in this season.

Brian (Thailand)

Brian is one of the most truly despicable people to ever play the game. Some consider him the least likable winner ever, with some calling him a sociopath devoid of human emotions. He called the game a “business trip” and played an emotionless, cutthroat game. For all those reasons, I’m fascinated by him. Nobody in history has better embodied the “it’s just a game” mindset. I love that about him. Now, he might not be brought back because he is a legitimate scumbag and was arrested for shooting a dog with an arrow in 2006. I don’t think he’d be brought back, but in my dream scenario, I’d love to see what he’d bring to the island on a return trip.

Cochran (South Pacific, Caramoan)

Cochran gets some hate from the hardcore Survivor community, who think he’s just a favorite for the “casual” fans. Some of that hate is fair like when he gets forced into reunion shows and to console Debbie in Game Changers. But Cochran is still a major part of Survivor history. He’s the ultimate superfan nerd that actually won the game. He’d also be good for comic relief on a season that would be filled with a lot of serious players.

Jeremy (San Juan del Sur, Second Chance)

One of the most well-rounded players to ever play the game. Few have his mix of social, strategic, and physical game play. He played a strong, steady game in an otherwise chaotic Second Chance season. He’s a likable guy that nobody would complain about watching for another season.

J.T. (Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains, Game Changers)

Part of me thinks we don’t need to see J.T. play again. His performance in Tocantins as the charming Southern boy is the best game he can ever play. He had two lackluster performances in his returns, especially when he famously gave up his idol to Russell in HvV. But he’s still a Survivor legend, and I’d be interested to see how/if his game has adjusted at all.

Janet

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