Normally, there are 16 contestants when the season begins, this year there are 20.
Traditionally they begin the season in 2 tribes that have gotten mixed and mingled through various random ways. The 2 tribes at the begin are sometimes created randomly or picked by the producers. Last season on Surivor: Exile Island the show began with 4 tribes of 4 divided older men, younger men, older women, younger women.
These teams will probably get intermingled and mixed early on, but surely this is a bold move to create stir and pick up viewers.
What are people saying?
"white America will learn the occult secret of how the little-understood Hispanics make fuego in their secretive barrios" -- Shakespeare's Sister
"I can't believe how bad of an idea this is. Please, all you people out there still watching Survivor: give this one a miss." --Feminist Engineer
"the term, the 'white tribe,' really makes me uncomfortable. are they serious?" --blac(k)ademic
"I wish I could have been a fly on the wall in the CBS board room when it was decided" --Kimberly Ann
"what I'm really looking forward to - the following season of Survivor will feature teams consisting respectively of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. It will be called Survivor: Holy Land, and the winner gets Lebanon." --Rod
"I'll watch to see how the Asians do and also so I can yell at them on television when they do something stupid..." --The Hyphenator!
"However, I will make a prediction. The Hispanics will win. Why? They'll do the challenges that the other tribes just won't do." --Rick Moore
"I guess they are desperate for attention. We're supposed to talk about them. Should we fall for it?" --Althouse
"If the folks at CBS want to use Survivor to talk about race, they should figure out how Black people manage to survive with inadequate health care, diminishing job opportunities, poor schools, and institutionalized racism." --Marc Lamont Hill
"...looking at the Olympics, you'd have to say the white tribe would be the best swimmers." --Rush Limbaugh
Survivor: Cook Islands premiers premiering Thursday, September 14.
(Thanks to Anthony & my mom for sending me e-mail about this today)