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Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains will be the twentieth season of the American TV series Survivor. It will premiere on February 11th, 2010 with a 2-hour special premiere. Unlike previous seasons where a break in production occurred between seasons, the twentieth season was shot 20 days after Survivor: Samoa was completed, taking advantage of the existing infrastructure from that season.  Casting for Heroes vs. Villains was done simultaneously with Survivor: Samoa.

"Heroes vs. Villains" will feature ten former Survivors known for their integrity, the Heroes, and ten former Survivors known for their deception, the Villains. The cast was officially announced during the 36th People's Choice Awards on January 6, 2010. Jeff Probst, the show's host, stated that while they wanted to do another season where they brought back former players for the show's 10-year anniversary and 20th cycle, they did not want to do another All-Stars season; on reflecting of the most popular players, they realized that these players were either seen as heroes or villains for those respective seasons, and opted to use that as the theme for this season. According to Probst, the production initially selected 50 players from the past seasons, paring those down to twenty and keeping one spot open for a possible player from Survivor: Samoa. Some selections were made to match players that production thought would be exciting to see, according to casting director Lynne Spillman. While the players have been classified as Heroes or Villains, Survivor's creator Mark Burnett does not expect these players to maintain these roles in the game, and to do what they need to survive to the end. Rather than the usual slogan "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast", the slogan for this season is "Return, Revenge, Redemption". All challenges in this season will be based on challenges used in previous seasons.

The 2009 Samoa earthquake & tsunami occurred shortly after the completion of filming for this season; a CBS spokeswoman stated that no crew members were harmed from it.

Richard Hatch, the winner of the original Survivor, was asked to return for this season. However, he had to apply to leave the country since he is under house arrest. His request was denied by a federal judge in Rhode Island. Jeff Probst also revealed to TV Guide that Corrine Kaplan of Survivor: Gabon and Shane Powers of Survivor: Panama were also asked to return but Kaplan declined due to work obligations and Powers was replaced by Russell Hantz of Survivor: Samoa.
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review by . February 08, 2010
Well, we are a few days away from the premiere of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. This season marks the third time in the series that past survivor contestants return to the game for a chance to get their second or even third try at attempting to become the sole survivor and win one million dollars. But unlike the previous two all-star installments, this season will be based around the concept of Heroes vs. Villains. One tribe will consist of individuals who are known for using deceit and treachery …
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