CBS Brings Back Three Former Castaways Medically Evacuated From The Game

Michael Skupin, Jonathan Penner and Russell Swan will join the 15 previously announced castaways in three separate tribes on “Survivor: Phillippines.” The Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 25th season with a special 90-minute edition, Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on the CBS Television Network. Watch “Survivor” in Detroit on CBS 62.

After being medically evacuated from the game, these Survivor all-stars return to finish what they started and for one more chance at the million dollar prize.

White Lake, Michigan resident Michael Skupin became a local celebrity after his appearance on “Survivor: Australian Outback (2001). He was the first-ever medical evacuation on the series due to severe burns received after passing out into a fire from smoke inhalation on Day 17.

“You don’t want to leave. The longer you are here, the longer you want to stay here. And it’s not even about winning as much as playing. The winning will be anti-climatic. The playing is where it is for me.” – Skupin, before being airlifted off the island.

Jonathan Penner of “Survivor: Micronesia and Russell Swan of “Survivor: Samoa” are also getting a second chance at the show.

Another notable cast member is former TV teen star, Lisa Whelchel, “Blair” from “The Facts Of Life.”

Surrounded by water, “Survivor: Phillippines” will prominently feature marine-based challenges. For the first time in over eight years, castaways are divided into three tribes, with the winning and second-place tribes granted immunity, while the third-place tribe heads to Tribal Council and faces an elimination.

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