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‘Survivor’ seeks rebound; 20 winners in 40th season

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Coming off what has been dismissed as its worst season, “Survivor” will try to bounce back with a 40th season featuring 20 winners.

The reality series will offer a $2 million prize, up from the usual $1 million.

“Survivor: Winners at War” opens with two hours at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, on CBS. The 40th edition also marks the reality contest’s 20th anniversary.

The 20 returning victors are:

Adam Klein (28), winner of “Millennials vs. Gen-X” (2016)

Amber Mariano (40), winner of “All-Stars” (2004)

Ben Driebergen (36), winner of “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” (2017)

Danni Boatwright (43), winner of “Guatemala” (2005)

Denise Stapley (48), winner of “Philippines” (2012)

Ethan Zohn (45), winner of “Africa” (2001)

Jeremy Collins (41), winner of “Second Chance” (2015)

Kim Spradlin-Wolfe (36), winner of “One World” (2012)

Michele Fitzgerald (29), winner of “Kaoh Rong” (2016)

Natalie Anderson (33), winner of “San Juan del Sur” (2014)

Nick Wilson (28), winner of “David vs. Goliath” (2018)

Parvati Shallow (36), winner of “Fans vs. Favorites” (2008)

Rob Mariano (43), winner of “Redemption Island” (2011)

Sandra Diaz-Twine (44), winner of “Pearl Islands” (2003) & “Heroes vs. Villains” (2010)

Sarah Lacina (34), winner of “Game Changers” (2017)

Sophie Georgina Clarke (29), winner of “South Pacific” (2011)

Anthony “Tony” Vlachos (45), winner of “Cagayan” (2014)

Tyson Apostol (39), winner of “Blood vs. Water” (2013)

Wendell Holland (35), winner of “Ghost Island” (2018)

Yul Kwon (44), winner of “Cook Islands” (2006)

Mariano and Diaz-Twine were mentors/advisers on “Survivor: Island of the Idols,” the 39th edition that aired in the fall.

That edition was blasted for its approach to sexual harassment issues. In the reunion finale, Jeff Probst apologized to the female contestant who complained about a male competitor’s conduct, and the show instituted new policies.

CBS will look back at the show’s history in “Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players” at 8 p.m. Feb. 5.

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