Survivor Spoilers: Look Who's Coming to Redemption Island...

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CBS has made the official announcement: Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano are returning to Survivor.

Talk of these veteran plays coming back to the game grew strong after only 16 of the 18 cast members for the new season were announced this week. In confirming the obvious, the network said in a statement:

"Having never been awarded the title of Sole Survivor, Hantz and Mariano return to compete for the $1 million prize and one last shot at redemption. They will each join a separate tribe of all new castaways at the start of the game, but it is the tribe who will ultimately decide if they will welcome the knowledge of an experienced veteran, or view these former castaways as a threat."

Redemption Island, which returns to the show to Nicaragua, premieres on February 16 and will be the first installment of Survivor to give voted-out contestants a second chance.

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SORRY I DO NOT ENJOY HATING RUSSELL I JUST PLAIN OUT HATE HIM...HE REALLY DOES NOT DESERVE ANY MORE AIR TIME....GOOOOOOO BOSTON ROB...LOVE YOUUUU!!!!!!

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It makes you wonder what dirt Rob has on CBS that they keep giving him this opportunity. Just think of how many other great castaways we'll never know because Rob gets to play the game again, and again, and again. I thought it was bad enough when at the last reunion show they made a point of having him get up and get airtime. Can we just be done with this man? I also love how the promo declares "one last shot at redemption" for Rob. He's already had that, twice actually. CBS, grow a pair and actually do some casting. I assure you there are people who haven't already made a living off the show that are more interesting to watch.

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Not Russell again. Come on! The guy would obviously sell his kids to win the show, but he does not need the money and his relentless pursuit of winning is rather disturbing. And yeah, goes without saying that having Boston Rob back, again, and again, etc. is like a bad record. Guy is dull.

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!! Exactly how many times can Rob compete on a reality show? 4 times on Survivor and 2 times on the Amazing Race?? Can't CBS find someone else to put on these shows? You take the real out of reality when the same person gets a chance to win a million dollars 6 times. Sorry Survivor, if you think you need Rob for a fourth time, you have jumped the shark.
As for the twist this season, it seems very similar to the ghost season of a few seasons ago, with the head to head challenges trying to add a level of drama. Not very impressed.

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