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Old 08-23-2006, 03:01 PM   #1
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Survivor:Cook Islands

Starts on Sept 14!!!! Teams will be divided by race!

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The new season of "Survivor" will be a race among races.

At the start of the reality show's 13th edition, "Survivor: Cook Islands," 20 contestants will be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines -- black, white, Hispanic and Asian, CBS announced Wednesday.

The tribes, as usual, will merge later in the season, which debuts September 14, the network said.

Jeff Probst, host of the show, said the network was worried the racial divide might offend viewers.

"It's very risky because you're bringing up a topic that is a hot button," Probst told asap, The Associated Press service for younger readers. "There's a history of segregation you can't ignore. It is part of our history."

"For that, it's much safer to say, 'No, let's just stick with things the way they are. Let's don't be the network to rock the boat. Let's not have "Survivor" try something new,"' he said. "But the biases from home can't affect you. This is an equal opportunity game."

Probst said he and the "Survivor" producers wanted to bring more ethnic diversity to the competition.

"The truth is 80 percent of the people that apply are white," he said. "And television, in general, is white. So all these criticisms were valid."

On each episode of "Survivor: Cook Islands," at least one cast member will be sent to a separate island miles away from camp, where an immunity idol will be hidden. If found, this immunity idol could save a contestant from being voted off the show.

"Knight in shining Zubaz."

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Old 08-23-2006, 06:38 PM   #5
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Could be an interesting experiment. If they don't wuss out and merge the tribes in Episode Two.
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Here's a list of the competitors:

Rebecca Borman, 24, makeup artist, Laurelton, New York;
Anh-Tuan "Cao Boi" Bui, 42, nail salon manager, Christiansburg, Virginia;
Sekou Bunch, 45, jazz musician, Los Angeles;
J.P. Calderon, 30, pro volleyball player, Marina Del Rey, California;
Cristina Coria, 35, police officer, Los Angeles;
Stephannie Favor, 35, nursing student, Columbia, South Carolina;
Billy Garcia, 36, heavy metal guitarist, New York City;
Adam Gentry, 28, copier sales, San Diego;
Nathan Gonzalez, 26, retail sales, Los Angeles;
Jenny Guzon-Bae, 36, real estate agent, Lake Forest, Illinois;
Yul Kwon, 31, management consultant, San Mateo, California;
Becky Lee, 28, attorney, Washington, D.C.;
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth, 25, waiter, Venice, California;
Cecilia Mansilla, 29, technology risk consultant, Oakland;
Sundra Oakley, 31, actress, Los Angeles;
Jonathan Penner, 44, writer/producer, Los Angeles;
Parvati Shallow, 23, boxer/waitress, Los Angeles;
Jessica Smith, 27, performance artist/rollergirl, Chico, California;
Brad Virata, 29, fashion director, Los Angeles;
Candice Woodcock, 23, premed student, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
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link to tribes by race - pictures - bios
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Should make for a very interesting season. Really surprised though that they are doing this. Can't wait till the new season starts!
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:28 PM   #9
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Thanks Doozer, Can't WAIT till Sept 14th! TV has been getting boring lately, especially since even HBO series are coming to their finale (Lucky Louie, Entourage, Tourgasm etc). We have time to study the Bios and whatnot too. This is great!
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Looking forward to the new season of this and TAR
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Originally posted by BigMacPhisto
Could be an interesting experiment. If they don't wuss out and merge the tribes in Episode Two.

Interesting , but race against race??? It's just the hook. You're right, they'll either form immediate alliances or merge.
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Doesn't seem to be as geographically diverse as in the past. More than half are from California...
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Doesn't seem to be as geographically diverse as in the past. More than half are from California...

I noticed that too, but can't wait for a new show!!!
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I really is not going to matter b/c if it is like last season the 4 tribes will become two by the second episode.

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