survivor blood vs water cast 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' cast: Rupert Boneham, Tina Wesson and more returnCBS has announced the 20 castaways competing on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water,” the latest edition of the popular reality competition show. This season’s theme will features duos of returning survivors plus a loved one. There’s no word yet as to how exactly the tribes will be split.

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This season also features the return of Redemption Island, where one castaway will eventually have the chance to return to the game. The twist this year, however, is that loved ones can choose to “save” their partner on Redemption Island and switch places with them, thus allowing the exiled loved one to immediately re-enter the game. Interesting.

The producers really did their work on this cast — there are some beloved faces returning, including Rupert Boneham (fourth time!), Gervase Peterson from the first season, and apparently Kat Edorsson is dating “Big Brother” winner Hayden Moss. Huh.

The 20 castaways are:

Tyson Apostol and Rachel Foulger, dating
Ages: 34 and 33
Provo, Utah
Former pro cyclist; cocktail waitress/graphic designer
Survivor: Tocantins, 2nd jury member
Heroes vs. Villains, 6th voted out

Aras Baskauskas and Vytas Baskauskas, brothers
Ages 31 and 33
Santa Monica, Calif.
Musician; yoga instructor/math professor
Survivor: Panama – Exile Island, winner

Rupert Boneham and Laura Boneham, married
Ages: 49 and 44
Indianapolis, Ind.
Mentor for teens; merchandiser
Survivor: Pearl Island, 2nd jury member
All Stars, 6th jury member, winner fan-favorite
Heroes vs. Villains, 7th jury member

Candice Cody and John Cody, married
Ages: 30
Washington D.C. 
Physician; physician
Survivor: Cook Islands, 5th jury Member                  
Heroes vs. Villains, 5th jury Member                                                

Monica Culpepper and Brad Culpepper, married
Ages: 42 and 44
Tampa, Fla.
Former NFL wife; attorney, retired NFL player
Survivor: One World, 5th voted out
Colton Cumbie and Caleb Bankston, engaged
Ages: 22 and 26
Collinsville, Ala.
Student teacher; post officer manager
Survivor: One World, 6th out — medically evacuated

Kat Edorsson and Hayden Moss, dating

Ages: 23 and 26
Orland, Fla. and Springtown, Texas
Student; real estate
Survivor: One World, 6th jury member (and “Big Brother 12” winner for Hayden)

Laura Morett and Ciera Eastin, mother/daughter
Ages: 43 and 24
Salem, Ore.
Construction business owner; cosmetology student
Survivor: Samoa, 3rd jury member

Gervase Peterson and Marissa Peterson, uncle/niece
Ages: 43 and 21
Philadelphia, PA and Chapel Hill, NC
Cigar loung owner; student
Survivor: Borneo, 3rd jury member

Tina Wesson and Katie Collins, mother/daughter
Ages: 52 and 25
Robbinsville, NC and New York, NC
Motivation speaker; hedge fund support
Survivor: Australia, Winner
All Stars, 1st Voted Out

“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 18 and suddenly, we are very, very excited.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."