CBS has announced open casting calls and begun accepting applications for Survivor's eighteenth season, which will air as part of the network's Spring 2009 primetime programming lineup.

Casting for Survivor's eighteenth season commenced on Sunday in Seattle, WA and will continue over the next several weeks with stops in Sanford, FL; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA; Costa Mesa, CA; and Austin, TX.  Those interested can also apply by submitting an application and video, which must be received no later than July 15.

For the first time in the long-running CBS reality show's history, Survivor has lowered its minimum age requirement from 21- to 18-years-old. 

All Survivor applicants must be 18 years or older at the time they apply -- except in Alabama, Nebraska and Wyoming, where the minimum age requirement is 19; amd Mississippi and Washington, D.C., where applicants must still be 21 years or older at the time they apply.

Applications and additional casting requirements are available via CBS' website.

A total of approximately 800 applicants will then be invited to interview sometime in August 2008 in person at one of the following locations: Los Angeles, Ca; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX: Detroit, MI; Boston, MA; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; and Denver, CO.

Approximately 48 semifinalists will then be invited to Los Angeles in September for final interviews with Survivor producers before roughly 16 finalists will be selected as castaways to compete on the show's eighteenth installment. 

The show's production is currently slated to commence in late October and run through mid-December.

Currently scheduled open casting calls for Survivor's eighteenth season are:

Sanford, FL

Saturday, May 24 at 10AM
Seminole Power Sports
1200 Rinehart Road, Sanford FL 32771

Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA

Saturday, May 31 at 12PM
The Mall at Stearntown
Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton

Costa Mesa, CA

Thursday, June 19 at 10AM
3200 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Austin, TX

Friday, June 13 at 1PM
Hill Country Galleria
12921 Hill Country Galleria Blvd.
Austin, TX 78738