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'Survivor' team discusses how it picked the new season's heroes and villains

January 6, 2010 |  8:00 pm


"Heroes. vs. Villains" -- is that not the greatest idea?

"Survivor" returns on Feb. 11 for its 20th season. Yes,  we feel old. But we're so happy. Executive producer Mark Burnett has chosen a star-studded cast that will bring back nine castaways that have already played the game twice in addition to some of our most recent favorites.

Did you wonder during "Survivor: Samoa" what it would be like for the Dragon Slayer and the Idol Finder to spend time on an island together? The new season of "Survivor" will grant you "Coach" and Russell on the same tribe as well many other killer combinations. Our early money is on Parvati ruling the villain roost, but we haven't seen any footage or anything.

Here's hoping that "JT", James and Colby are still sweethearts and Cirie, Sugar and Stephenie create a killer alliance.

"We hope we made the right choices," Burnett said. "I hope the audience relates to these people. You don’t know what you’re going to get from people in life, and these people are building their own society. So let's hope the audience loves this as much as we think they will."

For a complete look at the cast, go here.

To read a feature about how the 20 castaways were picked from the 301 "Survivor" contestants, go here.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Photo: "Survivor" Season 20 cast. Credit: CBS


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