"Survivor” paved the way for the reality TV craze 10 years ago when it made its debut. The program changed the landscape of prime-time TV. It’s hard for me to believe it has been 10 years since Richard Hatch took home the $1 million prize and become the sole survivor. I can remember being glued to the TV.

"Survivor” paved the way for the reality TV craze 10 years ago when it made its debut. The program changed the landscape of prime-time TV.

It’s hard for me to believe it has been 10 years since Richard Hatch took home the $1 million prize and become the sole survivor. I can remember being glued to the TV.

Through the years, I’ve remained a loyal fan. I’ve enjoyed many players through the seasons, while also despising others. “Survivor” has done a brilliant job of keeping things fresh: introducing hidden immunity idols, Exile Island, tribal challenges, and bringing on castaways guaranteed to cause a stir (which is something we secretly love about this show).

For its 20th season they’re bringing back several favorites (and a few I would just as soon they left on the island when it’s over) for “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains.” The two-hour season premiere gets under way at 8 p.m. tonight on CBS.

I’m excited to see how this plays out because now we get to see a real fight — one where good truly does go up against the bad. Nah ... I just want to see Rupert Boneham kick Russell Hantz’s butt. It’s being touted as the season of “return, revenge and redemption.”

The “heroes” include several of my favorites, including Rupert (Pearl Islands, All-Stars), James Clement (China, Micronesia), Colby Donaldson (Australian Outback, All-Stars), Cirie Fields (Panama, Micronesia), Amanda Kimmel (China, Micronesia), Jessica “Sugar” Kiper (Gabon), Stephanie LaGrossa (Palau, Guatemala), James “J.T.” Thomas (Tocantins winner), Tom Westman (Palau winner), and Candace Woodcock (Cook Islands).

What a great bunch of former survivors. There are some really great players here, including former winners Thomas and Westman. Both might be easy targets to go home early, considering they’ve won before. But this is “Survivor,” and anything can happen.

As for the “villains,” the list is right on target for fueling angst among the tribe. In addition to Hantz (Samoa), there is Randy Bailey (Gabon), Tyson Apostol (Tocantins), Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands winner), Daniel DiLorenzo (Panama), Jerri Manthey (Australian Outback, All-Stars), Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano (Marqueses, All-Stars), Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands, Micronesia), Ben “Coach” Wade (Tocantins), and Courtney Yates (China).

I don’t understand why Sandra is a villain, but it will be interesting which one of these characters goes first. My pick is Coach, because I couldn’t stand to hear his stories. I can’t see Hantz putting up with him, either.

The reuniting of some of the show’s most memorable castaways is going to make for some interesting TV. These players are some of the best strategists the game has seen, the only problem, though, is now their secret is out. It’s going to be cool to see how they survive now, knowing the lengths each are willing to go in order to be named sole survivor.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at farrboy@hotmail.com.