20 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

A 1980s sitcom star and a major league baseball Mvp will join 13 other new players — as well as three returning ones — when Survivor: Philippines premieres on CBS with a special 90-minute episode at 8 p.m. Et on Sept. 19.

Lisa Whelchel, best known as Blair Warner from The Facts of Life, will do something that preppy Blair never would have considered by volunteering to spend up to 39 days on a remote island. A huge Survivor fan, Whelchel openly campaigned to be on the show, and calls the chance to outwit, outplay and outlast a dream come true. “I’ve watched it from the very first episode, »

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