Survivor: Gabon

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Time will tell if Eden proves heavenly for CBS' ratings.

The network has unveiled the 18th castaways for the 17th installment of its time-tested and slightly ratings-worn reality stalwart, Survivor Gabon—Earth's Last Eden.

Befitting its verbose title, the new season marks the Emmy-winning show's first time broadcasting in high definition and will, per host Jeff Probst, live up to its name.

"In a strange coincidence to Earth's Last Eden, good vs. evil emerges as a major theme this season. I think the audience will quickly identify with one group or the other."

Among the competitors: a maintenance man, a pin-up model, a wedding videographer, a professional gamer and—topical ringer alert?—a former track Olympic gold medalist in Athens.

The new season kicks off on CBS Sept. 25, a week later than originally announced, but as a two-hour event, a first for the reality series.

Here's the complete list of Africa-bound contenders for the million dollar prize:

  • Randy Bailey, 49; wedding videographer
  • Jacque Berg, 25; medical sales
  • Danny "GC" Brown, 26; maintenance man
  • Michelle Chase, 24; music production assistant
  • Crystal Cox, 29; former Olympic gold medalist
  • Robert "Bob" Crowley, 58; physics teacher
  • Kelly Czarnecki, 22; retail sales
  • Ace Gordon, 27; jewelry sales
  • Charlie Herschel, 29; lawyer
  • Ken Hoang, 22; professional gamer
  • Corinne Kaplan, 29; pharmaceutical sales
  • Dan Kay, 32; lawyer
  • Jessica "Sugar" Kiper, 29; pin-up model
  • Gillian Larson, 61; retired nurse
  • Marcus Lehman, 28; doctor
  • Susie Smith, 47; hairdresser
  • Paloma Soto-Castillo, 24; student
  • Matty Whitmore, 29; personal trainer
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