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					                                                                                August 22, 2011

                  CBS ANNOUNCES 16 OF THE 18 CASTAWAYS FOR
                         "SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC"

     Two Former Castaways (to Be Announced Later this Week) Will Return to Seek

Hit Television Series, Hosted by Emmy Award Winner Jeff Probst, Premieres with Special
                                   90-Minute Edition

       CBS today announced 16 of 18 castaways who will compete against each other on
SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 23rd
season with a special 90-minute edition, Wednesday, Sept. 14 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the
CBS Television Network. Two of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former
castaways who will return to seek redemption.

        The 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Savaii Tribe and the Upolu
Tribe, named after the two islands of Samoa. The tribes are comprised of individuals from all

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different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor. While 16 of the
contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another
chance to compete for the million dollar prize.

        The “Redemption Island” twist returns in SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC in which
castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to return for a
chance to win the million dollar prize. Each week at Tribal Council, when a castaway is voted
off, they will be sent to live alone on Redemption Island and, in order to stay in the game, will
need to compete in a duel against the next person eliminated at Tribal Council. The winner of
each duel earns the right to continue fighting for an opportunity to return to the game and the
chance to compete for the title of Sole Survivor; and the loser is sent home.

       Castaways competing on SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC (in alphabetical order):

SAVAII:                                             UPOLU:
Mark Caruso                                         Sophie Clarke
Age: 48                                             Age: 22
Current Residence: Forest Hills, N.Y.               Current Residence: Willsboro, N.Y.
Occupation: Retired NYPD Detective                 Occupation: Medical Student

John Cochran                                       Albert Destrade
Age: 24                                            Age: 26
Current Residence: Washington D.C.                 Current Residence: Plantation, Fla.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student                    Occupation: Baseball/Dating Coach

Whitney Duncan                                     Brandon Hantz
Age: 27                                            Age: 19
Current Residence: Nashville, Tenn.                Current Residence: Katy, Texas
Occupation: Country Music Singer                   Occupation: Oil Tanker Crewman

Dawn Meehan                                        Edna Ma
Age: 41                                            Age: 35
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah              Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: English Professor                      Occupation: Anesthesiologist

Jim Rice                                           Christine Shields Markoski
Age: 35                                            Age: 39
Current Residence: Denver                          Current Residence: Merrick, N.Y.
Occupation: Medical Marijuana Dispenser            Occupation: Teacher

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Semhar Tadesse                                     Rick Nelson
Age: 24                                            Age: 51
Current Residence: Los Angeles                     Current Residence: Aurora, Utah
Occupation: Spoken Word Artist                     Occupation: Rancher

Keith Tollefson                                    Stacey Powell
Age: 26                                            Age: 44
Current Residence: Edina, Minn.                    Current Residence: Dallas
Occupation: Water Treatment Tech                   Occupation: Mortician

Elyse Umemoto                                      Mikayla Wingle
Age: 27                                            Age: 22
Current Residence: Las Vegas                       Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Dance Team Manager                     Occupation: Lingerie Football Player

Former Castaway (TBA)                              Former Castaway (TBA)
Age: ??                                             Age: ??
Current Residence: ??                               Current Residence: ??
Occupation: ??                                      Occupation: ??

       SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and
produced by SEG, Inc. Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers and
Leisa Francis is co-executive producer.

        For more detailed information about SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC and the castaways,
log on to Photos are available at



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Press Contacts:       Lori DelliColli       818-655-1589
               Katie Barker           818-655-1591

Photo Contact:          Nancy Eichenbaum    212-975-7627

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