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'Survivor': One beach

The tiny South Pacific nation of Samoa and

The tiny South Pacific nation of Samoa and its neighbor Tokelau will jump forward in time on Thursday, crossing westward over the international date line to align themselves with their other 21st century trading partners throughout the region. (Dec. 29, 2011) Credit: Google Earth

Verrrry interesting new format twist for "Survivor," returning Feb. 15 in Samoa: Everyone's gonna have to share the same beach! Sounds, um, crowded.

That's apparently the idea: With both tribes, divided by sex, in line of sight and playing in the same sand box at the same time, it means cross-tribal alliances can be established before the merge. Very clever. Here's the news release line for the new edition, titled "One World": 

"The castaways must fight the elements, adapt to their new surroundings and vie against each other to stay in the game or be voted out by their peers, all while living together on the same beach. Tribes, separated by men versus women, will have to decide whether to share their resources with each other or leave the opposing tribe to fend for themselves. This ultimate social game becomes even more difficult to navigate because alliances could be formed between members of different tribes much earlier, adding yet another layer of intrigue to this competitive game."

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