‘Survivor: Game Changers’ castaways: Meet the 20 returning players [PHOTOS]

Season 34 — yes, 34! — of CBS’s long-running reality TV show returns March 8 with the two-hour premiere of “Survivor: Game Changers.” While some of the castaways were unveiled at last season’s finale, the rest were announced today. In total, 20 former castaways are back to play the game they love so well — a group that includes the show’s only two-time champ Sandra Diaz-Twine. Who else has returned? Click through our photo gallery above highlighting all of Season 34’s “Survivor: Game Changers” castaways.

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While 34 may seem like a big number, we have an even bigger one for you: 499. That’s the total number of “Survivor” episodes that have aired since 2000, making the season premiere the 500th episode of the series. “When we started this adventure, I don’t think anybody would have predicted we’d still be going strong 17 years later!” said four-time Emmy-winning host Jeff Probst. “I’m as enthusiastic as ever and love the relationship we have with our audience. I think ‘Survivor’ fans are really going to enjoy this season.”

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The newest “Game Changers” season reacquaints the audience with 20 returning castaways who helped evolve the game over the past two decades. The players will be split up into two tribes of 10, with only one being named the Sole Survivor of Season 34. Besides Diaz-Twine, the other returning champs are Tony Vlachos and James “J.T” Thomas. (See our “Survivor” winners photo gallery.) This season was filmed in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.

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