The new castaways better watch out!
Heavy hitters Ozzy Lusth and Benjamin “Coach” Wade are returning to the game for season 23, reports Entertainment Weekly.
CBS’s Survivor: South Pacific, which premieres in a special 90-minute episode Sept. 14 (8 p.m. ET), continues last season’s Redemption Island rules with two more favorites returning for a shot at glory.
This marks the third attempt for both men to reach $1 million prize and title of Sole Survivor: Wade has made it to the jury on Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains, and Lusth was runner-up on Cook Islands and a member of the jury on Fans vs. Favorites.
While they are not natural enemies – like last season’s returning pair, “Boston” Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz – host Jeff Probst says what links them is their common weakness. “What they share together is their social games suck,” Probst says.
That social game will be put to the test against cagey competitors, especially since Mariano walked away with the title, the money and redemption last season.
Even though Hantz is out of the game, his shadow lingers: Brandon Hantz, Russell’s 19-year-old nephew, will compete on South Pacific along with 15 other new castaways, including a Miss America runner-up, a country singer and Nashville Star finalist, a Lingerie Football League player and a medical marijuana dispensary owner.