Not really S28, but S29.
Jeff basically confirms the next two seasons will be all newbies! I don't know if one might be a "Newbie" style Blood vs. Water, but it's good to know we won't be having any returnees for about a year, even on the show's 30th milestone season.
Jeff Probst: Well it was a little risky, you know. We didn’t know going in, you know -- Is this gonna work? Fans kept asking us for it but they had also been enjoying the returning players seasons. So you’re not always sure what the right move is. I will say that we felt really good about the cast. I feel like our casting – Lynne Spillman is our casting director and we met a couple of years ago and talked about the show. We work very closely together but we just started talking about the show and she really took casting to another level in terms of the type of people we’re now getting. And I think that’s probably what gave us that confidence, is we had this group of people, 18 people, and we thought, "You know what? We’d be okay with any of these guys being our Final 5. Right now. Any five you want." So that’s a pretty good feeling and it was illustrated – if you think back we lost a lot of very good people straight out of the gate. I mean, David Samson, the Marlins guy? Fantastic. If he’d just lasted a few more weeks he’d be so memorable and we locked him out of the gate and still looked around and went, "Well that’s alright. We’ve still got 15 others." So we were hesitant but we were optimistic and now we’re gearing up for two new seasons with all new people back to back.