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'Survivor' Panama Revealed! http://et.tv.yahoo.com/tv/2003/08/28/survivor_pearlisland/
August 28, 2003
Yo-ho-ho! It's a pirate's life for the castaways shipwrecked on the seventh season of CBS' hit reality series, "Survivor: Pearl Island," premiering Thursday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. off the historic coast of Panama.
ET flew to the exotic setting where 16 Americans will be stranded while vying for the title of Ultimate Survivor and $1 million in pirate's booty. The eight men and eight women will be divided into two groups, the "Morgan Tribe" and the "Drake Tribe," but unlike last season, the initial split will not be based on sex. On tonight's show, we'll introduce you to the challengers as they prepare to find food, water and shelter in order to exist.
And the Morgan tribemates are: TIJUANA BRADLEY from St. Louis, NICOLE DELMA from Hermosa Beach, Ca, DARRAH JOHNSON from Liberty, Miss., LILLIAN MORRIS from Cincinnati, RYAN OPRAY from Los Gatos, Ca., ANDREW SAVAGE of Chicago, RYAN SHOULDERS from Clarksville, Tenn., and OSTEN TAYLOR out of Boston.
The Drake pack is: RUPERT BONEHAM from Indianapolis, SHAWN COHEN of New York, JON DALTON from Danville, Va., SANDRA DIAZ-TWINE out of Ft. Lewis, Wash., TRISH DUNN from Annapolis, Md., CHRISTA HASTIE from Los Angeles, BURTON ROBERTS from San Francisco, and finally, MICHELLE TESAURO from Pittstown, N.J.
"I am into Treasure Island and my favorite place at Disneyland is Pirates of the Caribbean," executive producer MARK BURNETT tells ET of his decision to use the pirate theme. "In fact, I have another whole show about piracy and I borrowed from that."
Piracy is a huge part of the history of Panama. Mark points out that legendary pirates HENRY MORGAN and SIR FRANCIS DRAKE are alleged to have ransacked and burned Panama City to the ground.
Each team of Survivors will have its own island, and there are separate islands for the Tribal Council and the challenges, as well. "It gives a sense of isolation," Mark explains, "and the isolation factor adds so much to the drama."To kick up the competition a notch for this installment, "Survivor: Pearl Island" presented its competitors with a new twist. The 16 men and women were told to dress for a press conference the way they wanted to appear to the world, but when it was over, instead of allowing them to grab some clothes before heading out, they were told the clothes on their back were the clothes they would be wearing for the game.
"This started the game as if they had been shipwrecked," explains "Survivor" host JEFF PROBST, who is enjoying the pirate theme. "It changed everybody's perception of how the game was going to work, and it played out as the first challenge."
So to begin the game, that is why they are wearing the clothes they have on.
Shots of the ES show them appearing to potentially be looking for items which may be scattered around like buried treasure. Wonder what they will do about future clothing? Unless items were given to the producers by the contestants and they buried places for them to find.