CBS announces 'Survivor: Guatemala' cast details, fuels rumors of prior castaway participation
By Reality TV World staff, 08/11/2005
Although online sleuths had already identified nearly half of them, CBS today announced the identities of sixteen of the castaways who will be competing on its upcoming Survivor: Guatemala -- The Maya Empire series. Survivor: Guatemala, the eleventh installment of the network's long-running Survivor reality show, will premiere Thursday, September 15 at 8PM ET/PT.
Interestingly, while today's CBS announcement reveals the identities of sixteen castaways, the network's previous announcement had stated that Survivor: Guatemala would feature eighteen castaways. Today's carefully phrased announcement also made no mention that the sixteen castaways revealed today comprise Survivor: Guatemala's entire cast. When reached by Reality TV World and asked to clarify the discrepancy between the two announcements, a CBS spokesperson had no comment.
Taken together, the network's actions would appear to add significant fuel to earlier rumors that Bobby Jon Drinkard and Stephenie LaGrossa -- the hardworking final two members of Survivor: Palau's incompetent Ulong tribe -- participated in Survivor: Guatemala's production. While the unconfirmed reports had placed the Bobby Jon and Stephenie onsite in Guatemala, it had remained unclear whether the twosome had actually been allowed to compete as returning contestants.
According to CBS, Survivor: Guatemala's castaways will begin their adventure with an eleven mile hike through the jungle. At the end of their hike, they will arrive at an ancient Mayan ruins and ceremonial site (reported to be located within Guatemala's Yaxhá national park) where they will "be faced with two additional surprises" that will "dramatically impact how they play the game" -- statements that would seem to fit well with the idea of Bobby Jon and Stephenie joining the $1 million competition.
The sixteen castaways that CBS disclosed in today's Survivor: Guatemala cast announcement are: