Survivor host Jeff Probst revealed new details about the upcoming season on Friday as well as possible concepts for future seasons.
Probst is currently filming Survivor: Blood vs. Water on location, but he took the time on Friday to call in to EW Morning Live with hosts Dalton Ross and Survivor: Amazon winner Jenna Morasca to discuss how the family twist will likely bring new complications to the game.
To start, he revealed that the format of the show has not been changed in any way, "other than bringing on loved ones." They will not be competing in pairs, there won't be two winners and they will not bring back the rumored "Redemption Island" twist.
"But we anticipate that [the loved ones twist] will change the show," he admitted, "that this twist will find new wrinkles in places we didn't know they were. That's what I'm guessing is going to happen - that the format doesn't have to change at all, but because you have now complicated it severely by having your family members out there, that we're going to discover things that we can't even anticipate other than to anticipate that we're going to discover new stuff."
Morasca speculated that it will be interesting to see how certain cast members play the game and whether or not they'll be willing to backstab their own family. Probst added that the dynamics between mother-daughter, brother-brother and husband-wife relationships could be drastically different in terms of how they play the game.
Morasca also asked Probst if there was a possibility of doing an "Old School vs. New School" twist, where players from the earlier seasons would play against players from later seasons. Probst said it would be an interesting concept but they would have to separate them in order to prevent the "old school" from getting picked off.
Discussing the future, Ross brought up the idea of an all-winners edition as a potential final season, which Probst confirmed that the producers have discussed.
"We've talked about an all-winners season quite a few times and it really comes down the cast," Probst said. He added that some of the setbacks have been trying to find the right group of winners to come back.
Survivor: Blood vs. Water will premiere this fall on CBS in the Wednesdays at 8 p.m. timeslot.
Listen to the interview with Probst here (skip to the end of the clip):