After featuring a trio of North Carolinians for the Nicaragua season, "Survivor" producers have bypassed the Tar Heel State for the upcoming "Redemption Island" season. In fact, it looks like producers have bypassed most any state except California.
Of the 16 contestants introduced this week, a whopping 10 of them are from the Golden State. (The other six hail from Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Maine, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.)
There will be two more contestants -- "mystery" former players that producers won't announce until later. The blogosphere is rife with speculation that it's Boston Rob and evil Russell. Even though both have played before (Russell twice and Rob three times), we're OK with this because they're both good TV. And last season's contestants weren't always good TV. [Updated Thursday: Yep, it's Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz. They will each join a tribe to compete. They may get voted out early, but remember the Redemption Island twist. Ousted players get a chance to re-enter the game at some point.]