A special 90-minute premiere will kick off the "Worlds Apart" themed season on February 25, 2015 on CBS. The season will pit three tribes against one another: White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar.
Probst explained who all the new players will consist of, "White Collars are the people who typically in life are educated, might work in an office, wear a suit—they make the rules. Blue Collar—the heart of America. They typically work outdoors. They might wear a uniform. They work with their hands. They follow the rules. And the No Collars are the people who break the rules. They don’t go by convention. They don’t care about the status quo.”
Further supporting how excited he is about this season, Jeff expressed, “Person for person and pound for pound, I will say that this is the best group of people I think we’ve ever had,” says Probst. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t duds in the cast, but if you just had to take one entire group of people, I love this group. And I don’t often come up front anymore and say I really like a season because I know that that’s very biased and it’s my own opinion. But just my own Jeff Probst opinion—I have not seen a second of footage cut yet. Just based on my experience, this was one of my favorite seasons of all time.”
Wondering where this theme idea came from? Jeff generously shared that as well, "My mom and dad were visiting and I’m looking at all the contestants thinking, how can we break these people up? And there was clearly a group of educated, white collar types. And there was clearly a group of blue collar types. But white collar vs. blue collar is not interesting enough. That’s kind of the mixture in our show all the time. But I kept looking at this other group and there was a guy who worked down on the beach, and a woman on a sailboat, and an artist, jeweler, musician, actor, athlete. And I kept starting at them, and all of a sudden it just hit me—the term “No Collar.” And those are the people that break the rules. And once that came out, I felt like we had the theme, which was: make the rules, follow the rules, break the rules. One says, “I represent the status quo, we’re going to do it my way, I’m in charge.” The next says, “I got the rules, let me get out there and get ‘em done for you.” And the next says, “F— your rules! Here’s what I’m doing.”
Probst also teased a new twist in Survivor: Worlds Apart. He added that there would be a new advantage that had been "toyed with" for a long time and finally did it.