Meet Your 'Survivor: Gabon' Castaways
New "Survivor" season will feature a video game champ and an Olympic gold medalist.
That's one of the mysteries that will be answered this season on "Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden."
CBS announced the cast for the 17th "Survivor" installment on Wednesday (Aug. 27) and among the 18 castaways are Crystal Cox, part of the gold medal-winning 4X400 meter relayed team at the 2004 Olympics, and Ken Hoang, a gamer described as the "current international champion of Nintendo's Super Smash Brothers Melee."
After pitting fans against favorites in its most recent season, "Survivor" is back to a regular civilian cast, though several of this season's contestants describe themselves as lifelong fans and at least one -- 61-year-old retired nurse Gillian -- claims to have applied for "Survivor" 15 times. There's a doctor, a lawyer and a high school teachers, plus the usual students and personal trainers. There's also a down-on-his-luck maintenance man and Jessica Kiper, who's selling herself short as a "pin-up" girl, since "Gilmore Girls" devotees will recognize her from a multi-episode guest run.
There are contestants who plan to use their brains and their bodies to get ahead and there's at least one woman -- 29-year-old Los Angeles resident Corinne -- who is a "self-described bitch."
Sure, we'll miss the opportunity to see Amanda Kimmel mess up another "Survivor" crown at the final Tribal Council, but it's good to have plain old "Survivor" back in its first journey to Africa since Season Three.
"Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden," hosted as always by Jeff Probst, will have its two-hour premiere on CBS on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET and, for the first time, the series will be broadcast in high definition, if your TV happens to be equipped for such things.
Your 18 new "Survivor" castaways:
Name: Ace Gordon
Hometown: Naples, Florida
Occupation: Fashion photographer
Name: Robert "Bob" Crowley
Hometown: Portland, Maine
Occupation: Physics teacher
Name: Charlie Herschel
Hometown: New York City
Name: Corinne Kaplan
Hometown: Los Angeles
Occupation: Pharmaceutical sales
Name: Crystal Cox
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Former Olympic athlete
Name: Dan Kay
Name: Danny "GC" Brown
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Occupation: Maintenance man
Name: Gillian Larson
Hometown: Temecula, California
Occupation: Retired nurse
Name: Jacquie Berg
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
Occupation: Medical device sales rep
Name: Jessica "Sugar" Kiper
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Occupation: Pin-up model
Name: Kelly Czarnecki
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Occupation: Retail sales
Name: Ken Hoang
Hometown: Westminster, California
Occupation: Professional gamer
Name: Marcus Lehman
Name: Matty Whitmore
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, California
Occupation: Personal trainer
Name: Michelle Chase
Hometown: Los Angeles
Occupation: Music producer
Name: Paloma Soto-Castillo
Hometown: Downey, California
Name: Randy Bailey
Hometown: Eagle Rock, Missouri
Occupation: Wedding Videographer
Name: Susie Smith
Hometown: Charles City, Iowa