Survivor: Xanadu

The line-up for this year’s Survivor has been announced and it looks like a lively bunch even if most of them follow the reality show types that they get.

This year we have The Drill Sargeant, a male model (and, of all things, mechanical bull operator), The Jock, an amputee, the African-American Guy, The Native American (oops, make that two), a Christian shepherdess (no seriously, that’s her job, she herds sheep), the Hot Girl (also known as “the Amber”), the Lesbian, and the Semi-Pro Wrestler. All they need to round out the cast would be The Mime, The Mod, and, uh, The Samurai.

CBS is promoting this years location of Vanuatu as having a history of cannibalism. The implicatation is that somehow this will be theme throughout the season, much like the Pearl Islands “Arrr! I’m a pirate! Arr!!!” theme that got really old by the third or fourth episode. I’m looking at you, Rupert.

I think the Men vs. Women thing has been done already and right now, I don’t have any particular feelings towards any of the players based on their bios. I can why the producers would have cast them, hoping that their differences will produce as much conflict and drama as possible. While I imagine for legal reasons, the show is open only to residents of the U.S., I’d like to see a more international cast. Throw some Australians, Europeans, Africans in there, see what happens. Hell, throw some Canadians in while you’re at it. At the very least, it would be an interesting social experiment.

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