Cast from SURVIVOR Season 44. Pictured (L-R): Top Row: Lauren Harpe, Carson Garrett, Matthew Grinstead-Mayle, Claire Rafson, Danny Massa, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Bruce Perreault, Sarah Wade, and Brandon Cottom. Bottom Row: Jaime Lynn Ruiz, Kane Fritzler, Carolyn Wiger, Josh Wilder, Frannie Marin, Matt Blankinship, Maddy Pomilla, Yamil “Yam Yam” Arocho, and Helen Li. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Meet The Cast Of Survivor 44, Premiering March 1st On CBS!

That’s right: Survivor is still on the air and going strong! The longest-running Reality TV competition show in America returns to CBS on Wednesday, March 1st, to begin its 44th (!!!) season with a batch of 18 all-new contestants!

The show continues its high ratings as staple “appointment television” viewing for CBS on Wednesdays. Survivor enters its fourth season of the so-called “new era,” with a more diverse cast and a shorter 26-day game. Past seasons were typically 39 days.

Season 44 filmed last summer once again in Fiji. Host Jeff Probst has promised that this is one of the more dangerous and exciting seasons in years. More details on the season to come, and I’m happy to add that I’ll once again be recapping Survivor for Reality Tea!

On that note, be sure to bookmark us, check back and/or follow me on Twitter (@tomsantilli) for Survivor Recaps and news each and every week! Plus, we are incredibly honored and thrilled to be the EXCLUSIVE home and only site that features new Survivor artwork each and every week, courtesy of Survivor Legend, Erik Reichenbach! If you’re not familiar with Erik’s work, we can fix that! Check out his site,, and even take home some of his art for yourself!

But for now, let’s take a look at this brand-new cast of 18 players who will be competing for the million dollars and title of Sole Survivor, on the upcoming Survivor 44:

Click on each name to view the castaway’s video.

NameYamil “Yam Yam” Arocho

Age: 36

Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Current Residence: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Occupation: Salon owner

NameMatt Blankinship

Age: 27

Hometown: Albany, Calif.

Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif.

Occupation: Security software engineer

NameBrandon Cottom

Age: 30

Hometown: Newtown, Pa.

Current Residence: Newton, Pa.

Occupation: Security specialist

NameKane Fritzler

Age: 25

Hometown: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Current Residence: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Occupation: Law student

NameCarson Garrett

Age: 20

Hometown: Rome, Ga.

Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga.

Occupation: NASA engineering student

NameMatthew Grinstead-Mayle

Age: 43

Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

Current Residence: Columbus, Ohio

Occupation: Barbershop owner

NameLauren Harpe

Age: 31

Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas

Current Residence: Mont Belvieu, Texas

Occupation: Elementary school teacher

NameHeidi Lagares-Greenblatt

Age: 43

Hometown: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Current Residence: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Occupation: Engineering manager

NameHelen Li

Age: 29

Hometown: Wayland, Mass.

Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif.

Occupation: Product manager

NameFrannie Marin

Age: 23

Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.

Current Residence: Cambridge, Mass.

Occupation: Research coordinator

NameDanny Massa

Age: 32

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

Current Residence: Bronx, N.Y.

Occupation: N.Y.C. firefighter

NameBruce Perreault

Age: 46

Hometown: West Warwick, R.I.

Current Residence: Warwick, R.I.

Occupation: Insurance agent

NameMaddy Pomilla

Age: 28

Hometown: Huntingtown, Md.

Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Occupation: Charity projects manager

NameClaire Rafson

Age: 25

Hometown: Highland Park, Ill.

Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Occupation: Tech investor

NameJaime Lynn Ruiz

Age: 35

Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.

Current Residence: Mesa, Ariz.

Occupation: Yogi

NameSarah Wade

Age: 27

Hometown: Rochester, Minn.

Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.

Occupation: Management consultant

NameCarolyn Wiger

Age: 35

Hometown: North St. Paul, Minn.

Current Residence: Hugo, Minn.

Occupation: Drug counselor

NameJosh Wilder

Age: 34

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga.

Occupation: Surgical podiatrist 

Looking forward to the Survivor 44 two-hour Premiere episode coming Wednesday, March 1st on CBS!


[Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.]