CBS Unveils Identities of Pirate Master Contestants

Ahoy, mateys!

CBS has officially unveiled the identities of the 16 men and women who will be competing on this summer's much anticipated reality series Pirate Master.

As shown from the list below, Los Angeles is (naturally) over-represented but there seem to be some interesting characters already emerging (my favorite has got to be the scientist/Chippendale dancer; where else are you going to find that combo?) including a smokejumper, a dive master, and a glassblower, but I can't help but wonder if we really needed more than one bartender on this ship. (Yo ho, ho, and all that.)

Christa DeAngelo (29)

Hometown: Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

Occupation: Ex-military

Ben Fagan (23)

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Occupation: Student/musician

Louie Frase (43)

Hometown: Fishing Creek, Maryland

Occupation: Marina owner

Kendra Guffey (38)

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Dive master

Jay Hatkow (37)

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Occupation: Automotive parts salesman

Azmyth Kaminski (26)

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Music producer

Cheryl Kosewicz (35)

Hometown: Sparks, Nevada

Occupation: Fundraiser

John Lakness (25)

Hometown: Carlisle, Massachusetts

Occupation: Scientist/Chippendale dancer

Joceyln "Joy" McElveen (21)

Hometown: West Columbia, South Carolina

Occupation: Receptionist

Elicia "Jupiter" Mendoza (30)

Hometown: Los Angeles

Occupation: Bartender

Joe Don "J.D." Norton (36)

Hometown: Ft. Wainwright, Alaska

Occupation: Smokejumper

Nessa Nemir (29)

Hometown: Berkeley, California

Occupation: Make-up artist

Christian Okoye (45)

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California (originally Nigeria)

Occupation: Former Kansas City Chiefs player

Laurel Schmidt (21)

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Glass blower

Alexis Shubin (26)

Hometown: Laguna Beach, California

Occupation: Fashion publicist

Sean Twomey (27)

Hometown: Venice, California

Occupation: Bartender

Just going on gut instinct, I'm gonna say that Louie is a real character, if only for the reason that the guy owns a marina. But I really want to see just how well the scientist/Chippendale dancer (John), the makeup artist (Nessa) and the fashion publicity (Alexis) adapt to a rather cutthroat life aboard a pirate ship. How long before these players have to swab the deck?

As for me, I can't wait for May 31st to come around already. Let the games begin.

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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions junior exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at