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'Survivor' announces twist for the new season: It's Old vs. Young!

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Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSIn the grand tradition of “Fans vs. Favorites” and the Cook Islands race war social experiment, CBS has just confirmed to EW that the new season of Survivor will feature a massive gameplay twist. Survivor: Nicaragua will initially divide the cast evenly by age: a team of ten young contestants vs. a team ten old contestants. “Old” in this case means “over 40 years old,” so look forward to lots of 40-somethings insisting that they aren’t actually old, because 40 is the new 30 and you’re only as old as you feel. Presumably, the “Young” team will feature lots of people wearing bikinis, and the “Old” team will feature lots of people talking about how Woodstock changed their life.

I’m kind of a sucker for these reality show twists. (I’m still upset that the Big Brother saboteur got kicked off so quickly.) And this one seems genuinely interesting. You have to figure that Team Youth will have an unfair advantage in any physical challengers, but Team Oldster might be able to play a smarter game. The vast majority of past Survivor winners were under 40, but that could just be another argument for separating the age groups.

That being said, I’d also enjoy it if the old contestants just spend the season being cranky in song form. What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you excited by this twist? Or, like the Big Brother Saboteur and Cook Island‘s “racial tribes,” will this be a big deal for a couple episodes and then slowly fade away?