Of the 301 Survivor cast members, 214 will gather tonight in celebration of the show’s 20th season and (sort of) 10-year anniversary. That’s fewer than the 250 Jeff Probst said were attending, but still an impressive number of the 301 alumni who were invited.
Two seasons will have their entire casts reunited: Survivor Vanuatu and Survivor Gabon although all but one of the Survivor Thailand cast will be there, too. The least-represented season is Africa, and on the whole, more people from recent seasons will be attending, which is to be expected, and not just because so many were recruited from the L.A. area.
Of the 19 winners, 13 will attend (and actually, it’s 14, but of course, the winner of the heroes vs. villains season is also present, but won’t be officially revealed until the end of the season.)
Below is the full list of those who are attending tonight’s reunion/party/TCA event, as provided by CBS to critics this morning (drink if you don’t recognize a name!). I organized it by season, so some people are listed two or three times, and also did the math and added the numbers from each season, which was complex math for me. Survivor Borneo
(6 out of 16): Dirk Been, Rudy Boesch, Sonja Christopher, Richard Hatch, Sue Hawk, Kelly WiglesworthSurvivor Australia
(7 out of 16): Rodger Bingham, Colby Donaldson, Kel Gleason, Maralyn Hershey, Kimmi Kappenberg, Jerri Manthey, Jeff VarnerSurvivor Africa
(5 out of 16): Jessie Camacho, Silas Gaither, Frank Garrison, Kelly Goldsmith, Kim PowersSurvivor Marquesas
(9 out of 16): John Carroll, Gina Crews, Hunter Ellis, Tammy Leitner, Rob Mariano, Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien, Sean Rector, Vecepia Towery Robinson, Zoe ZanidakisSurvivor Thailand
(15 out of 16): Jake Billingsley, Erin Collins, Stephanie Dill, Jan Gentry, Helen Glover, Jed Hildebrand, Shi-Ann Huang, Ghandia Johnson, Clay Jordan, Penny Ramsey Otwell, John Raymond, Ted Rodgers, Jr., Ken Stafford, Tanya Vance, Robb ZbacnikSurvivor Amazon
(11 out of 16): Alex Bell, Deena Bennett, Rob Cesternino, Jeanne Hebert, Janet Koth, Daniel Lue, Shawna Mitchell, Jenna Morasca, Roger Sexton, Matthew Von Ertfelda, JoAnna WardSurvivor Pearl Islands
(11 out of 16): Rupert Boneham, TJ Bradley, Shawn Cohen, Jon Dalton, Nicole Delma, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Trish Dunn, Christa Hastie Waydo, Darrah Johnson, Ryan Opray, Burton RobertsSurvivor All-Stars
(10 out of 18): Rudy Boesch, Rupert Boneham, Rob Cesternino, Colby Donaldson, Richard Hatch, Shi-Ann Huang, Jerri Manthey, Rob Mariano, Jenna Morasca, Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien Survivor Vanuatu
(18 out of 18): Julie Berry, Chad Crittenden, Ami Cusack, Chris Daugherty, Brady Finta, Rory Freeman, Mia Galeotalanza Davekos, Brook Geraghty, Lisa Keiffer, John Kenny, Scout Cloud Lee, Sarge Masters, Dolly Neely, Eliza Orlins, John Palyok, Bubba Sampson, Leann Slaby, Twila TannerSurvivor Palau
(16 out of 20): Coby Archa, Gregg Carey, Bobby Jon Drinkard, Katie Gallagher, Angie Jacusz, Jolanda Jones, Stephenie LaGrossa, Jennifer Lyon, James Miller, Ibrehem Rahman, Ian Rosenberger, Wanda Shirk, Willard Smith, Janu Tornell, Tom Westman, Jeff WilsonSurvivor Guatemala
(12 out of 18): Danni Boatwright, Margaret Bobonich, Brian Corridan, Bobby Jon Drinkard, Cindy Hall, Rafe Judkins, Jim Lynch, Stephenie LaGrossa, Morgan McDevitt, Amy O’Hara, Judd Sergeant, Brooke Struck StephensSurvivor Panama: Exile Island
(13 out of 16): Aras Baskauskas, Austin Carty, Terry Deitz, Danielle DiLorenzo, Cirie Fields, Misty Giles Holmes, Melinda Hyder, Bruce Kanegai, Courtney Marit, Bobby Mason, Ruth Marie Milliman, Tina Scheer, Nick StanburySurvivor Cook Islands
(16 out of 20): Sekou Bunch, JP Calderon, Cristina Coria, Stephannie Favor, Billy Garcia, Adam Gentry, Nate Gonzalez, Jenny Guzon, Ozzy Lusth, Cecilia Mansilla, Sundra Oakley, Jonathan Penner, Parvati Shallow, Jessica Smith, Brad Virata, Candice WoodcockSurvivor Fiji
(16 out of 19): Alex Angarita, Boo Bernis, Yau-Man Chan, Earl Cole, Jessica deBen, Cassandra Franklin, Liliana Gomez, Stacy Kimball, Sylvia Kwan, Mookie Lee, Lisette Linares, James Reid, Anthony Robinson, Gary Stritesky, Rita Verreos, Michelle YiSurvivor China
(9 out of 16): James Clement, Todd Herzog, Amanda Kimmel, Sherea Lloyd, Denise Martin, Ashley Massaro, Leslie Nease, Aaron Reisberger, Courtney YatesSurvivor Micronesia
(18 out of 20): Natalie Bolton, Mikey Bortone, Yau-Man Chan, James Clement, Ami Cusack, Jon Dalton, Cirie Fields, Tracy Hughes-Wolf, Alexis Jones, Amanda Kimmel, Ozzy Lusth, Eliza Orlins, Jonathan Penner, Erik Reichenbach, Mary Sartain, Kathy Sleckman, Parvati Shallow, Chet WelchSurvivor Gabon
(18 out of 18): Randy Bailey, Jacquie Berg, Danny Brown, Michelle Chase, Crystal Cox, Bob Crowley, Kelly Czarnecki, Ace Gordon, Charlie Herschel, Ken Hoang, Corinne Kaplan, Dan Kay, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, Gillian Larson, Marcus Lehman, Susie Smith, Paloma Soto-Castillo, Matty WhitmoreSurvivor Tocantins
(14 out of 16): Tyson Apostol, Debra Beebe, Sandy Burgin, Spencer Duhm, Joe Dowdle, Carolina Eastwood, Stephen Fishbach, Taj Johnson-George, Erinn Lobdell, Candace Smith, Brendan Synnott, JT Thomas, Benjamin “Coach” Wade, Sydney WheelerSurvivor Samoa
(12 out of 20): Dave Ball, Mike Borassi, Erik Cardona, Brett Clouser, John Fincher, Yasmin Giles, Russell Hantz, Laura Morett, Monica Padilla, Jaison Robinson, Ashley Trainer, Natalie WhiteSurvivor Heroes vs. Villains
(20 out of 20): Tyson Apostol, Randy Bailey, Rupert Boneham, James Clement, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Danielle DiLorenzo, Colby Donaldson, Cirie Fields, Russell Hantz, Amanda Kimmel, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, Stephenie LaGrossa, Jerri Manthey, Rob Mariano, Parvati Shallow, JT Thomas, Benjamin “Coach” Wade, Tom Westman, Candice Woodcock, Courtney Yates
Saturday night, well over 200 of the 301 Survivor cast members—plus crew members, press, and members of the Television Critics Association—gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the show’s 20th season and 10-year anniversary. Here are my reports, thoughts, and observations from the event:
The reunion/party/event was held in stage 46 at CBS Television City, the soundstage that is home to American Idol during the spring, so it’s at least used to drunkeness. The same stage is also used for L.A. Survivor finales, and next door is stage 36, home to Dancing with the Stars.
CBS reps said that around 900 people were expected, including critics, press, cast, and guests. Estimates from people there last night, however, were that around 500 seemed to be there at any one time, though people came and went throughout the evening; as I was leaving, Danny from Gabon was arriving. CBS said 214 cast members would attend, but that list didn’t quite match reality, and they also had plus-ones—some of whom were fans, and I don’t mean friends who happened to be fans.
Also in attendance: Big Brother host Julie Chen and her husband—and CBS executive—Les Moonves.
There was a wall with every logo and a hut with a thatched roof in the center had a bar and fire, in addition to several food stations and a couple other bars.
For security, everyone had to wear a buff, though no one wore it as a bikini top, alas. Here’s mine on my pale wrist, and a much higher-quality version of it lying flat. As you can see, it has all 20 seasons’ logos on it, but some press received red Heroes vs. Villains buffs. I saw one person with a purple buff, but have no idea what that meant; maybe they ran out of red?
Contestants wore blue buffs, and also had blue name tags on lanyards with their name and season, which was very helpful, especially when cast members’ egos were so big they couldn’t fit the lanyard around their head so they just didn’t wear a name tag. But that’s not to say everyone was so arrogant: When I met Mia from Vanuatu and looked obviously at her name tag, she joked, “I can’t believe you can’t remember who I am! I was on for four episodes.”
The party was interrupted by a recording of “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child (oh yes), and executive producer Mark Burnett toasted 20 seasons of the show. Jeff Probst took the stage, and thanked the cast all the way back to Borneo, and also “those of you that are here that are super-fans.” He finished by saying, “And to all of our crew members, whether you were on the show one season or you have been producing the show for all 20, I just want to raise a toast to 10 years of great times. We’re all part of it together. Here’s to Survivor!” Then “I Will Survive” started playing and Probst yelled, “Crank up the music—let’s karaoke!”
The season 20 cast members all had publicists standing nearby, probably to prevent them from leaking the results of the show that they’ve already leaked all over the Internet.
Russell Hantz tried to pretend that season 20 had not yet filmed, and when challenged by a critic, looked to the publicist, who said he couldn’t talk about strategy, which of course had nothing to do with when it filmed. And, of course, we knew the seasons were filming back to back last summer, never mind the fact that CBS aired a freakin’ preview that showed clips from the cold open. Ridiculous.
Want to see pictures of cast members who attended? Here’s Survivor.com’s great gallery, from Corinne’s surprising openness to an ass acting like an ass.
Cast members walked a red carpet on the way in, resulting in these kinds of pictures: one, two, three, four. The first-season final four were not photographed together. Hmm.
Season 20 cast gossip from their conversations with TV critics: Jonathan Penner lost his spot to Russell Hantz; Colby took the same Texas flag with him for season 20, but waterproofed and modified it, so luxury items will apparently be allowed; Probst called Fairplay a “quitter” when explaining why he wasn’t invited back as a villain; Mark Burnett thought Rudy Boesch is too old to compete on season 20; and Jerri Manthey “gave them a lot of material.”
Other reports: Richard Hatch challenged some questions by saying he’d answer them only if critics proved they’d done their research; Yau-Man is still bitter about Dreamz (still!); Russell is still upset about his loss (unsurprising); Ozzy is now acting.
Jenna Morasca was interviewing cast members in an “Ethan Cam” corner so they could send thoughts to Ethan Zahn, who’s completing his stem cell transplant in isolation. Here’s a clip of that was shot by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Gail Pennington.
Charlie still looks so cute!
wow some people are so forgetable!
bitter jury member from Samoa!
ice cream scooper, Amanda and Ace
Courtney's hair is very white