The Mole’s first season is on Hulu

If you’ve never watched The Mole, you now officially have no excuse. The entire first season, which has been on DVD for some time, is now available for free on Hulu. Hopefully, season two will follow, although it has never been released on DVD, so there could be rights issues.

While the series first debuted eight and a half years ago (!), it holds up surprisingly well, which isn’t true of all shows (the first season of Survivor, for example, seems like it belongs to a different era, with an odd pace and bizarre stuff like the treasure chest full of fake cash).

Despite the mediocre attempt to revive the series last summer, never mind the two celebrity editions, only the first two seasons really worked completely. In part that’s because they had Anderson Cooper as their host, and he was integral to its success, but also because the producer and network never really spent the money or time or creativity to duplicate what worked in the first two seasons.

So whether you’ve seen it or not, watch the first episode of season one right now, right here (expand to full-size using the button in the upper-right corner), and just try not to get hooked (again) on the smart game, the thrilling and mysterious soundtrack, the stunning locations, and Anderson Cooper’s pre-CNN wit:

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.