January 13, 2003
CBS UNVEILS THE IDENTITIES OF THE NEW CASTAWAYS AND ANNOUNCES THAT THE MEN WILL COMPETE AGAINST THE WOMEN
IN “SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON”
Sixth Installment of Hit Television Series
To Premiere Thursday, Feb. 13
The identities of the 16 castaways participating in SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON were unveiled today in anticipation of the series' premiere on Thursday, Feb. 13 on the CBS Television Network.
CBS News’ THE EARLY SHOW officially announced the new group on this morning’s broadcast. It was also revealed that one tribe will consist of all men and one tribe will be all women in the ultimate battle of the sexes!
Name: RYAN AIKEN
Age: 23 (24 on Feb. 13)
Hometown: Ellicott City, Md.
Name: ALEX BELL
Occupation: Triathlon Coach
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. (born in San Francisco, Calif.)
Name: ROB CESTERNINO
Occupation: Computer Projects Coordinator
Hometown: Wantagh, N.Y.
Name: DAVE JOHNSON
Occupation: Rocket Scientist
Age: 22 (will be 23 on Jan. 16)
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. (born in Ellicott City, Md.)
Name: BUTCH LOCKLEY
Occupation: Middle School Principal
Hometown: Olney, Ill. (born in St. Louis, Mo.)
Name: DANIEL LUE
Occupation: Tax Accountant
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Name: ROGER SEXTON
Occupation: Vice President of Estimating for a construction company
Hometown: Valencia, Calif. (born in Oakland, Calif.)
Name: MATTHEW VON ERTFELDA
Occupation: Restaurant Designer
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Name: DEENA BENNETT
Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
Age: 35 (turns 36 on Feb. 12)
Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
Name: JEANNE HEBERT
Occupation: Director or Marketing for the New England Dairy Promotions Board
Hometown: North Attleboro, Mass.
Name: JANET KOTH
Occupation: Homemaker/Travel Agent/Abstinence Counselor
Hometown: Manchester, Mo. (born in Granite City, Ill.)
Name: SHAWNA MITCHELL
Occupation: Retail Clothing Saleswoman
Hometown: Redwood City, Calif.
Name: JENNA MORASCA
Occupation: Swimsuit Model
Age: 21 (22 on February 15)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Penn.
Name: CHRISTY SMITH
Occupation: Children Adventure Guide for the Deaf
Hometown: Basalt, Colo.
Name: HEIDI STROBEL
Occupation: Physical Education and Health Teacher
Hometown: Eldon, Mo.
Name: JoAnna WARD
Occupation: School Guidance Counselor
Hometown: Orangesburg, S.C. (born in Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON, hosted by Jeff Probst, will strand 16 Americans near the Rio Negro, a remote river located in the heart of the Amazon jungle, during the beginning of the region’s wet season. Faced with the constant threat of flooding and exhaustive heat, not to mention the flesh-eating piranhas, lurking jaguars, caiman alligators and anacondas (these snakes can reach up to 40 feet long), executive producer Mark Burnett will introduce new rules and new twists for the sixth installment of television’s most popular reality series. As the castaways confront the harsh weather and the uncertainty of what’s coming next, the men will be pitted against the women in an attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast all others to become the ultimate survivor.
In its fifth edition, SURVIVOR: THAILAND ranks 4th among all prime time programs for the 2002/03 season, averaging 21.2 million viewers, 8.5/22 in adults 18-49 (#5), 9.6/9.6/22 in adults 25-54 (#4) and 12.1/19 in households (#6).
SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON is produced by SEG, Inc. Mark Burnett is executive producer.
For more detailed information on SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON and the new 16 castaways, log on to www.cbs.com/survivor.
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