Netflix has renewed The Mole for its second season, which will be the season seven overall in the U.S., and the fifth civilian season of the competition.
Will host Alex Wagner return, now that she has a four-night-a-week show on MSNBC, Alex Wagner Tonight?
Netflix has revealed very few details—though the casting application has one key piece of information—though the absence of information is interesting.
Notably, the announcement did not explain why they renewed the show. There was no highlighting the show’s ratings, like Netflix did for its recent renewal of Wednesday, or for its renewal of Love is Blind.
It was, however, more-popular in other countries—it was in the top 10 the longest in Kenya—and clearly Netflix’s data indicates that the money is worth a second season.
The press release said the production company, Eureka Productions, is returning. But it’s the casting application that had some key details.
When Netflix’s Mole season 2 may premiere
The application is curiously short for a show of this nature. Besides basic biographical information, it only asks two substantive questions about the show itself:
- “Tell us why you would be a great contestant on THE MOLE?”
- “Do you think you would be better at physical challenges or mental challenges, why?”
The third question is “How did you hear about this Casting Project?”, as if that’s a critical point. (That is the space where people recruited on Instagram can write “recruited on Instagram” or the name of their recruiter, I suppose.)
Prospective players do have one more opportunity to talk about the show. The application asks for two photos, a close-up and a full-body (because The Mole is all about the looks), and a video, in which prospective players can discuss their desire to be cast:
– Your name / occupation and where you are from
– A bit of history about you that might relate to the project ( show some personality )
– Why you would be great for this project.
– What special skills you might have that would give you an advantage.
– Anything else you think we should know that would set you apart.
For me, the most-interesting piece of information on the casting application is a question about availability, which reveals that The Mole season 2 (or season 7) will be filming “early July through late August” of 2023.
That is, like last season, and like the Anderson Cooper original, about two months of filming.
Netflix’s first Mole season filmed in the summer of 2021, and didn’t air until fall of 2022. And Netflix reality shows tend to film far in advance. Its ridiculous new dating show filmed about a year ago.
That means it could be until 2024 when we see The Mole season 2.