On Thursday, MTV announced that season 36 of the long-running reality competition series is The Challenge: Double Agents. The new season returns to a partner format with 19 (!) espionage thriller-themed episodes shot in Iceland, pitting 30 returning and new competitors against each other "in a game of secrets, spies, and lies" for their share of the million-dollar prize.
Fans can get a sneak peek of the new season with a special preview episode The Challenge: Double Agents Declassified airing Monday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, two days prior to the premiere. And behind-the-scenes secrets will be spilled each week with MTV's Official Challenge Podcast hosted by veterans Tori Deal and Aneesa Ferreira, as they recap each episode and reveal exclusive scoops from how the stunts are created to the food the cast eats on the show and more. New podcast episodes will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard, beginning the day after every episode airs.
So who's returning for this supersized season? Notable cast members include all-star vet Darrell Taylor, back for his ninth Challenge, and Theresa Gonzalez, returning for her seventh. As for possible rookies to watch, Survivor winner Natalie Anderson, last seen making a historical (and controversial) comeback in the Winners at War season, makes her Challenge debut along with Olympian Lolo Jones, who ruffled feathers with her fiery temper in The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros.
Check out the full cast list below (partner matchups have yet to be revealed):
Amber Borzotra — Big Brother
Amber Martinez — Are You The One?
Gabby Allen — Love Island/Celebrity Big Brother U.K.
Joseph Allen — America’s Got Talent
Lio Rush — Former WWE Wrestler
Lolo Jones — U.S. Olympian/The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros/Celebrity Big Brother
Mechie Harris — Musician/Ex on the Beach
Nam Vo — Ultimate Beastmaster
Natalie Anderson — Survivor/Amazing Race
Olivia "Liv" Jawando — Shipwrecked
The Challenge: Double Agents premieres Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.