survivor philippines jonathan penner michael skupin russell swan 'Survivor: Philippines': Jonathan Penner, Michael Skupin and Russell Swan returnIn addition to “Facts of Life” star Lisa Whelchel and former MLB player Jeff Kent, “Survivor: Philippines” is welcoming three returning players to the cast, all of whom were medically evacuated in the sixth episode of their previous seasons, for a shot at redemption.

EW reveals that Jonathan Penner, Michael Skupin and Russell Swan are the returning castaways that round out the cast of 18, divided into three tribes this time.

Skupin, now 50 years old, was last seen on “Survivor: Australia” back in 2001. He famously fell into the fire pit and he to be airlifted out of the campsite. Penner, also 50 years old, has played in two previous “Survivor” seasons. He finished seventh on “Survivor: Cook Islands,” but when he was brought back for “Fans vs. Favorites,” he was medically removed when a cut on his knee became infected.

Swan, 45, had perhaps the scariest medical emergency, as severe dehydration during “Survivor: Samoa” caused his eyes to roll back in his head as he passed out, and then sat there glassy-eyed as they waited for the medics.

So there are your returning “Survivor” contestants. Are you excited about the upcoming season? It premieres Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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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."