Just the Gist:
- CBS announced the Survivor 45 cast of 17 new castaways, plus returnee Bruce Perreault.
- The new Survivor players reveal their "red flags" in a promo video.
- Season 45 contestants range in age from 23 to 49 years old.
It's an exciting time when the Survivor cast is announced. Another season means more incredible characters, more twists, and more blindsides! Host Jeff Probst is returning for the 45th time to introduce us to 17 new people, plus Bruce Perreault, who was medevaced during the Season 44 premiere.
After the first four seasons of a New Era filled with diversity and fun personalities, the casting department has listened to the fans and kept the good times rolling. And the Survivor social media team has definitely leveled up. A promo video with the Season 45 cast's "red flags" was the perfect intro into what we can expect to see. (Just kidding—when it comes to Survivor, we can't be sure of anything!)
Julie Alley (@its.mama.j)
Occupation: Estate attorney
Hometown/Current Residence: Brentwood, Tenn.
Survivor Red Flag: "I will go with the flow at camp." But will she really?
Nicholas “Sifu” Alsup (@5elementsfit)
Occupation: Gym owner
Hometown/Current Residence: O’Fallon, Ill.
Survivor Red Flag: "I am super caring, so I think that could be an issue."
Drew Basile (@drewbasile45)
Occupation: Grad Student
Hometown: Birmingham, Mich.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Survivor Red Flag: "I'm confrontational. If we have a problem, we're gonna hash it out."
Sabiyah Broderick (@_thesoularpapi)
Occupation: Truck driver
Hometown: Locust Grove, Ga.
Current Residence: Jacksonville, N.C.
Survivor Red Flag: "Sometimes, I'm loyal to a fault."
Austin Li Coon (@austinlicoon)
Occupation: Grad student
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.
Survivor Red Flag: "I can lie straight to your face with a smile." Uh oh!
Brandon Donlon (@brandondonlon)
Occupation: Content producer
Hometown/Current Residence: Sicklerville, N.J.
Survivor Red Flag: "It is very easy to tell when I'm annoyed, hungry, angry, tired. You name it, I can show it."
Sean Edwards (@seanvocado)
Occupation: School principal
Hometown: Lawrence, N.J.
Current Residence: Provo-Orem, Utah
Survivor Red Flag: "I'm too trusting of other people."
Emily Flippen (@flippenemily)
Occupation: Investment analyst
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Current Residence: Laurel, Md.
Survivor Red Flag: "I wear my emotions on my face."
Kaleb Gebrewold (@kalebgebrewold)
Occupation: Software sales
Hometown: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Current Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia
Survivor Red Flag: "There's just so many."
Janani Krishnan-Jha (stage name: J. Maya) (@j.maya)
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Survivor Red Flag: "You will never be able to tell what I actually think. I'm equally nice and bubbly to every single person."
Brandon “Brando” Meyer (@brandomeyer)
Occupation: Software developer
Hometown: Oak Park, Calif.
Current Residence: Seattle, Wash.
Survivor Red Flag: "I don't have a lot of outdoors experience. As a software developer, most of my time is spent inside."
Kendra McQuarrie (@_kendraruthless)
Hometown: Haverhill, Mass.
Current Residence: Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Survivor Red Flag: "I just might be too friendly with everyone."
Kellie Nalbandian (@kellienalbandian)
Occupation: Critical care nurse
Hometown: Weston, Conn.
Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
Survivor Red Flag: "I'm gonna be crazy competitive at challenges."
Jake O’Kane (@jakeo.kane)
Hometown: Hanson, Mass.
Current Residence: Boston, Mass.
Survivor Red Flag: "I'm gonna play the only way I know how: evil."
Bruce Perreault (@bruce.perreault)
Occupation: Insurance agent
Hometown/Current Residence: West Warwick, R.I.
Survivor Red Flag: "How I react to being hungry."
Hannah Rose (No IG)
Hometown: Woodbridge, Conn.
Current Residence: Baltimore City, Md.
Survivor Red Flag: "Letting myself make decisions with my heart and trusting people way too much."
Katurah Topps (@hautekatur)
Occupation: Civil rights attorney
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Survivor Red Flag: "I lie so naturally that I might lie unnecessarily."
Dianelys 'Dee' Valladares (No Social Media)
Hometown: Havana, Cuba
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
Survivor Red Flag: "I don't know how to fish, I don't know how to build shelter, I can barely swim."
New 90-minute episodes of Survivor premiere Sept. 27 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.