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Two 'Survivor' heavyweights return for upcoming season, 'Redemption Island'

RobRussell Did anyone see this coming, or were y'all just hoping against hope that you'd never see the two faces to the right ever again?

Either way, get ready for "Survivor: Redemption Island," with veterans Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz competing alongside 16 brand-new players. This will be Boston Rob's fourth time playing the game, and Russell's third.

I linked to host Jeff Probst's description of the new season when covering the "Nicaragua" finale, but Entertainment Weekly's all-knowing "Survivor" man, Dalton Ross, has reported a bunch more since then, quashing some Internet gossip. For one, Boston Rob and Russell will not be given immunity. So, yes, they can be voted out first after blindly choosing buffs to see which tribe they'll join.

Besides the two returning players, the new cast includes a lot of Southern Californians -- 10 of the 16 are from the area. For more on them, Boston Rob and Russell, head on after the jump for two videos and a complete cast list.

Photo: Two contestants both loved and hated, Boston Rob and Russell Hantz, return for "Survivor: Redemption Island." Credit: Monty Brinton / CBS.

Full cast list (Name, age; current residence; previous seasons or occupation)

Russell Hantz, 38

Dayton, Texas

Previous seasons: "Survivor: Samoa" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"

Rob Mariano, 33

Pensacola, Fla.

Previous seasons: "Survivor: Marquesas," "Survivor: All-Stars" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"

Andrea Boehlke, 21

Random Lake, Wis.

Student (University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point)

Mike Chiesl, 31

Del Mar

Former Marine

Matthew Elrod, 22

Nashville

Pre-med student

Francesca Hogi, 36

Washington, D.C.

Attorney

Kristina Kell, 46

Malibu

Law student (University of La Verne College of Law)

Ralph Kiser, 45

Lebanon, Va. 

Farmer

Krista Klumpp, 25

Columbia, S.C.

Pharmaceutical representative

Grant Mattos, 29

West Hollywood

Yoga instructor

David Murphy, 31

West Hollywood

Defense attorney

Phillip Sheppard, 52

Santa Monica

Technology executive

Natalie Tenerelli, 19

Acton, Calif.

Professional dancer

Ashley Underwood, 25

Benton, Maine

Nurse

Stephanie Valencia, 26

Long Beach

Waitress

Sarita White, 36

Santa Monica  

Visual effects producer

Julie Wolfe, 50

Oceanside, Calif.

Firefighter

Steve Wright, 51

Huntington Beach

Former NFL player

— Anthony Williams
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Comments () | Archives (3)

Enough already with Rob and Russell!!!!

All I have to say is Texas is ashamed of how russell has played the game. He is without honor and that is not Texas.

PLEASE CHANGE YOUR TELEVISION COMMERCIAL ABOUT THE GLEE PROJECT ON OYYGEN.

YOU HAVE SPELLED THE WORD "COMPETITION" WRONG IN TWO PLACES!!

BE PROFESSIONAL AND FIX IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I LOVE THE SHOW, BUT COME ON, GET SMART!


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