Meet The Cast Of Survivor 43, Premiering September 21st On CBS!

Hey, Survivor has finally reached my age! The without-a-doubt, greatest Reality TV Competition Show of all time returns this September with it’s 43rd installment! Yes you’ve read that right, non-believers. I am 43…but also, Survivor is still on the air (and holding quite steady in the ratings). Survivor 43 comes at us with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, September 21st, marking the third season in this “new era” of the game and the 22nd year on CBS (minus the pandemic-gap from 2020 through 2021). Oh it’s still hosted by the venerable Jeff Probst, who has put some wear on those proverbial tires, but who is still simply the best reality host there is (regardless of what the Emmys have to say about it).

CBS has just announced the all-new cast of 18 Sole Survivor hopefuls, and it’s another refreshingly diverse crew. After Season 41 took some getting used to, I found Season 42 to be top-tier…I ranked it as #9 on my “Most Memorable Seasons” list, and its winner, Maryanne Oketch, was one of the most satisfying winners in the show’s long history (see where I ranked her on my “All-Time Survivor Winners List“). You just never know how Survivor is going to reinvent itself, and/or how its players will continue to adapt. But the ongoing experiment continues to fascinate.

Well what can we expect with Survivor 43? It was once again shot in Fiji, like most every recent season has. By CBS‘s count, there have been 646 total castaways with 639 torch snuffs, and the premier episode of Season 43 will be the show’s 621st overall. For comparison, “Gunsmoke” was on TV for 635 episodes, and “Law and Order” was on for nearly 500 episodes. You read that correctly: There are more episodes of “Survivor” than there are “Law and Order.”

The initial CBS press release doesn’t reveal many twists or turns that are planned for this season, but we know that the game will continue with its “new era” format of a 26-day game. The shorter duration than most previous years is made up by the game being played faster, and more extreme than ever before.

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So who will be competing on Survivor 43? Meet your cast!

Name: Cassidy Clark

Age: 26

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Current Residence: Austin, Texas

Occupation: Designer

Name: Cody Assenmacher

Age: 35

Hometown: Preston, Iowa

Current Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii

Occupation: Elevator sales

Name: Dwight Moore

Age: 22

Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

Current Residence: Collierville, Tenn.

Occupation: Graduate student

Name: Elisabeth “Elie” Scott

Age: 31

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah

Occupation: Clinical psychologist

Name: Geo Bustamante

Age: 36

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Current Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii

Occupation: Project manager

Name: James Jones

Age: 37

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.

Occupation: Event planner

Name: Jeanine Zheng

Age: 24

Hometown: South Hamilton, Mass.

Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif.

Occupation: UX designer

Name: Jesse Lopez

Age: 30

Hometown: Venice, Calif.

Current Residence: Durham, N.C.

Occupation: Political science PhD

Name: Justine Brennan

Age: 29

Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Current Residence: Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Occupation: Cyber security sales

Name: Karla Cruz Godoy

Age: 28

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Current Residence: Newark, Del.

Occupation: Educational project manager

Name: Lindsay Carmine

Age: 42

Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.

Current Residence: Downingtown, Pa.

Occupation: Pediatric nurse

Name: Mike ‘Gabler’ Gabler

Age: 52

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Residence: Meridian, Idaho

Occupation: Heart valve specialist

Name: Morriah Young

Age: 28

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.

Occupation: Teacher

Name: Nneka Ejere

Age: 43

Hometown: Weatherford, Texas

Current Residence: Weatherford, Texas

Occupation: Pharmacist

Name: Noelle Lambert

Age: 25

Hometown: Londonderry, N.H.

Current Residence: Manchester, N.H.

Occupation: U.S. Paralympian

Name: Owen Knight

Age: 30

Hometown: Bethesda, Md.

Current Residence: New Orleans, La.

Occupation: College admissions director

Name: Ryan Medrano

Age: 25

Hometown: Savannah, Ga.

Current Residence: El Paso, Texas

Occupation: Warehouse associate

Name: Sami Layadi

Age: 19

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nev.

Occupation: Pet cremator

Looking forward to the Survivor 43 two-hour Premiere episode coming Wednesday, September 21st on CBS!


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