As you know, Total Drama All-Stars was the most poorly cast season (or at least in my opinion) of Total Drama. They selected SAM, who didn't even make it close to the merge and would have no story arc without Dakota, as well as Sierra, who is an almost useless character without Cody around. Imagine you were asked to pick the TDAS cast. How would have you responded? I'll have two parts to my post: what I would have done with 13 episodes, as well as with 26.
13 Episodes: Total Drama All-Stars had 13 episodes, which in my opinion made the whole season rushed. But if I was forced to pick a cast for only 13 episodes, I'd start with selecting all the generation one characters who made the merge twice or more, Those were Owen, Duncan, Courtney, Lindsay, Heather, and Leshawna. It amazes me how the writers didn't add Owen or Leshawna considering that they made the merge twice in Total Drama. Then, to wrap off generation one, I'd select two contestants who were (this) close to making the merge twice: Gwen who was eliminated via a tiebreaker with Courtney in Picnic At Hanging Dork, and Harold who was voted off right before the merge in X-Treme Torture. Finally, the cast would be wrapped up with the six TDROTI contestants who made the merge: Jo, Cameron, Mike, Scott, Lightning, and Zoey. Fittingly, this would equate to 7 boys and 7 girls. Lindsay, Zoey, Mike, Owen, Harold, Leshawna, and Cameron would be the heroes, while Heather, Gwen, Duncan, Courtney, Jo, Scott, and Lightning would be the villains.
26 Episodes: Now, imagine what we could do with 26 episodes. We'd have deeper plots, more story arcs, and more importantly, more contestants. I'd make this season revolve less around the cast being "All-Stars" and focus on picking heroes and villains. A name change might be neccessary with this cast. I'd select Lindsay, Leshawna, Bridgette, Harold, Owen, Cody, Sierra, Beth, Brick, Cameron, Mike, and Zoey onto the heroes. The villains would compose of Duncan, Heather, Courtney, Gwen, Alejandro, Geoff (for Captain Hollywood), Blaineley, Justin, Anne Maria, Scott, Jo, and Lightning on the villains. I'd feel bad about leaving Izzy out and I'd give her a debut some place in the season, and of course, her alter egos to come along with her.
Now that you know what I'd do if I select the TDAS cast, share your opinion in the comments. I won't bite...