Season 36 Cast Revealed

Inside Survivor reveals the rumored cast for next year’s Survivor: Ghost Island.

Who wants another Survivor cast?!

Back in May we revealed the cast for the upcoming Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers season, airing this Fall on CBS. Inside Survivor can now unveil the rumored cast for the 2018 Spring season, Survivor: Ghost Island, the thirty-sixth edition of the long-running reality series. The spooky themed season, which recently wrapped up filming in Fiji, will feature 20 brand new castaways who will be divided into two tribes of ten to start the game.

Below are all 20 cast members (including one of our very own Inside Survivor writers!!!) for Season 36, with credit to @1elevenpaul on Twitter for help.

Full Bios will be added at a later date.

Bradley Kleihege

25 · HASLETT, MI · LAW STUDENT

Brendan Shapiro

41 · HERNDON, VA · TEACHER

Chris Noble

27 · NEW YORK, NY · PERSONAL TRAINER/MODEL

Domenick Abbate

38 · NESCONSET, NY · CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR

Donathan Hurley

26 · KIMPER, KY · CARETAKER

Jacob Derwin

22 · MERRICK, NY · MUSIC TEACHER

James Lim

24 · NEW YORK, NY · MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT

Michael Yerger

18 · LOS ANGELES, CA · MODEL

Sebastian Noel

22 · VIERA, FL · DEEP SEA FISHERMAN

Wendell Holland

33 · PHILADELPHIA, PA · OWNS FURNITURE COMPANY

Angela Perkins

43 · MASON, OH · CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Chelsea Townsend

25 · LOS ANGELES, CA · NFL CHEERLEADER

Desiree "Des" Afuye

21 · NEW YORK, NY · STUDENT

Jenna Bowman

23 · BIRMINGHAM, MI · ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Kellyn Bechtold

30 · CHICAGO, IL · PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

Laurel Johnson

29 · MINNEAPOLIS, MN · FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Libby Vincek

24 · FORT WORTH, TX · MODEL

Morgan Ricke

29 · ORLANDO, FL · KILLER WHALE TRAINER

Stephanie Gonzalez

26 · OCALA, FL · OWNS GRAPHICS COMPANY

Stephanie Johnson

34 · CHICAGO, IL · YOGA INSTRUCTOR/TRI-ATHLETE

Season 36 will air Spring 2018 on CBS.

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Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull.


54 responses to “Season 36 Cast Revealed”

  1. The cast doesn’t really look that strong to me. The only person who I think has a “unique” career is Morgan. And plus, the cast is wayyy too young. One thing that I always liked about Survivor was the variety of age in the cast, and we only get one person in their 40’s (and still, 41) (unless of course the unknown female is). I’m hoping that there’s at least a good diversity in lifestyle and approach to the game.

    • Maybe the Season 35 cast (I refuse to rewrite that ridiculous subtitle) put too many token older people onto the same season, and thus decided excess youth was necessary.

    • Jeff Probst has stated that they have been trying to get more young people for the show. This is probably just to draw in the younger generation of viewers so that they can increase their viewership.

      • Because that worked so well when American Idol kept lowering the minimum age down to 15, and they all flopped on arrival. (Note: Not directed at you James, just the flawed logic of execs, haha.)

  2. Has Desiree Afuye balded head during filming ? Is her photo actual ? I like her! Please answer me somebody, thanks! 🙂

    • My first thought too, I did some Facebook checking, I’m not seeing any mutual friends/family members on their social media, leading me to believe there is not a connection.

  3. My guest is that since the theme is ghost island that there is a connection to others in the cast that don’t involve relations?

  4. When half of the comments are complaining about the age of the players, but seem to be forgetting that the next two youngest seasons by average age are China and Pearl Islands (two beloved seasons), while Redemption Island, Thailand, and Nicaragua (three either disliked or debated seasons) fall towards the older end of the spectrum. A young cast is not equivalent to a poor cast, and Survivor at least doesn’t typecast for the exact same kinds of stereotypes and overly obnoxious personalities that Big Brother goes for. BB’s problem to me is more generally the editing of the players into one-dimensional stereotypes and how they’re prompted to behave as insanely as possible for the camera, not necessarily the youth of the cast. The two shows will never be the same, even if they decided to cast the exact same group of people. Survivor will always be better.

    • Very good point Tanner. Personally, i love having a diverse cast but in the end its the players themselves that matter. Next season might turn out to be great.

  5. Not liking this cast of kids. oldest player is 41??? some of my fav players are older…..Coach….Penner….KASS..love her….Cirie…..Twila…..Marty….Denise….Jessica….this looks like a bunch of Taylors and Figgys 😛

    • more white people apply. But I slightly agree, they could’ve found more people of color, maybe not just Black, but Hispanic, or Native American.

    • I don’t agree with that, but rather a nice mix of many ethnicities. More Asian, Latin, and Native Americans please.

  6. I too think it makes a certain amount of sense to represent age groups with some attention to real life numbers in age groups if you are going to call it a reality show. A person with significant life experience can make a powerful impact on a situations involving younger, and less experienced or underexposed young people and adults. We see it in real life and on Survivor.

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