Survivor tackles its 11th season starting Sept. 15 with former NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom – who played for the Cowboys, Colts, Cardinals and Redskins – among the 16 new castaways on Survivor: Guatemala: The Maya Empire, CBS has announced.
The network also revealed that the players will kick off their adventure with an 11-mile hike through the jungle and a spate of surprises. There are also reports that Stephenie Lagrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard of Survivor: Palau will be returning to captain the two rival tribes.
Survivor: Guatemala will take place amid the ancient Mayan ruins and ceremonial sites located in the northern area of Guatemala. In alphabetical order, the new castaways who’ll compete for $1 million are:
Brandon Bellinger, 22, a farmer from Manhattan, Kan.; Danni Boatwright, 30, a sports-radio host from Tonganoxie, Kan.; Margaret Bobonich, 43, a family nurse from Chardon, Ohio; Brian Corridan, 22, a student from New York City; Cindy Hall, 31, a zookeeper from Naples, Fla.; Gary Hogeboom, 47, ex-football player from Grand Haven, Mich.; Rafe Judkins, 22, a student from Providence, R.I.; Jim Lynch, 63, a retired fire captain from Northglenn, Colo.; Morgan McDevitt, 21, a magician’s assistant and waitress from Decatur, Ill.; Lydia Morales, 42, a fishmonger from Lakewood, Wash.; Amy O’Hara, 39, a police sergeant from Revere, Mass.; Judd Sergeant, 35, a doorman from Ridgefield, N.J.; Brooke Struck, 26, a law student from Santa Monica, Calif.; Blake Towsley, 24, a real-estate broker from Dallas; and Brianna Varela, 21, a makeup artist from Edmonds, Wash.
In other TV news, HBO announced that the next season of The Sopranos will not end with the coming season that will begin next March but will be extended with eight additional episodes that will start in January 20007. The pay-cable network employed a similar elongated schedule with the final season of its Sex and the City.