By Michael Slezak
Updated September 08, 2006 at 07:44 PM EDT

I’ve got to say, as much as I dislike the whole concept of the upcoming Survivor: Cook Islands — in which its 20 players will be split into four tribes based on their racial backgrounds — yesterday’s media conference call with host Jeff Probst yielded enough scintillating semi-spoilers that I’m considering keeping the reality granddaddy on my DVR schedule. (That’s still a demotion, though, now that Ugly Betty has stolen must-see status for Thursdays at 8.)

Anyhow, here’s the non-race-based scoop about the upcoming season — in Probst’s own words:

-“We have three love connections of varying degrees, one of which is the strangest love affair we’ve ever had on Survivor, and I would argue that you’ve ever seen on any reality show.”

-“We have a record number of blindsides at tribal council.”

-“We have more fish caught this season than any of our past 12 seasons. And we have octopus that are caught.”

-“There’s a turning point midway in the show that rocks it in such a beautiful way.”

Hmmm. Strangest love affair in reality history? Stranger than Flava Flav and Brigitte Nielsen? Stranger than anything involving Bachelor Bob Guiney? Intriguing, sure. But intriguing enough to make you tune in? All must be revealed, people.

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