The next arc of the CBS/Mark Burnett mainstay "Survivor" premieres Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2011, and it contains a twist, according to EW.com’s Inside TV.
The arc, titled "Survivor: Redemption Island," will give an extra chance to some of those voted off the show, the article says.
Show host Jeff Probst told EW: “ ‘How it works is very simple. When you’re voted out at Tribal Council, you don’t go home. You’re not out of the game. You go to Redemption Island and you live alone. And at a certain point in the game another person will join you. You will compete in a duel. The winner stays. The loser goes home. So you’re continuing to live out there on your own with very basic supplies. But you’re still in the game. And at a certain point you’ll be allowed to reenter the game and have a shot at the money.’ In other words, people that are voted out will compete against each other for a chance to later rejoin the game."
As the article notes, "The concept of being voted out and then reentering the game is something of a sore spot for Survivor fans, after voted out ‘Outcasts’ Lillian “Lil” Morris and Burton Roberts came back into the game in Survivor: Pearl Islands, with Lil making it all the way to the final two. Probst insists this time will be different. For starters, the voted out contestants will not be eating lots of food with a roof over the heads, but will still be stuck out in the elements like everyone else. For another thing, this time everything will be out in the open."
Furthermore, the article explains, "In another format switch, since each episode will include a Redemption Island duel, you can expect there to be just one combined reward/immunity challenge per episode for the players that have yet to be voted out."