The U.S. version of The Traitors will not be one of those beloved shows that will not disappear after one season, because just three weeks after its debut, Peacock has renewed The Traitors US for a second season.
There will also be a season-one reunion, so we will finally know what all of the cast members thought about the season-one finale and ending. That’s coming Feb. 28.
Alas, that reunion will be hosted by Andy Cohen and his stack of notecards. I suppose that was inevitable, considering he’s the only person inside all of NBCUniversal capable of interviewing reality TV stars.
Andy Cohen is certainly not as bad as he once was during his BravoTV.com after-show days, but there’s considerable difference between competition reality TV and Housewives drama, and I really hope he’ll ask questions other than from dumb fans on Twitter.
Before The Traitors season 2, we’ll get more Traitors!
Alan Cumming will return as host and producer, thankfully; his wit and winks helped establish the show’s tone while also not making it all about himself, as other hosts sometimes tend to do.
We’re also likely to get more reality TV stars, because NBCUniversal seems pleased with itself for that decision, and also acknowledged that that casting was about trying to draw more viewers.
NBCUniversal’s entertainment chair, Susan Rovner, told Vulture’s Joe Adalian:
“We wanted to lean into what makes us unique. With Bravo and E!, we have the greatest unscripted ecosystem of any place, period, on the planet. … So the goal was to lean into our stars — people that we know would play the game great like Kate Chastain—and then also bring in some other reality stars to help broaden the audiences coming to Peacock.”
There’s no date yet for a second season—sometime in 2023? 2024?—but there is another season of The Traitors coming, too: Peacock will add The Traitors U.K. “later this year,” Rovner said.
The U.K. version started airing first, and has been praised as being even better by those who’ve seen both seasons, which use the same challenges and were filmed in the same castle. It was, however, the U.S. version that filmed first, which likely helped the production work out any issues.
Peacock’s #1 reality series
Peacock did not cite specific ratings for its decision, but did say that is “the #1 Peacock Original reality series,” meaning it’s done better than original Peacock shows such as
- The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip
- Baking It
- Vanderpump Dogs
The streaming service also said The Traitors had “an overwhelmingly positive debut.”
In the press release, NBCUniversal’s EVP of unscripted entertainment, Corie Henson, said, “Alan Cumming is a well-dressed genius, the producers at Studio Lambert are brilliant storytellers and the show is the perfect mix of drama and suspense to keep our Traitors and Faithfuls craving more.”
While usually I roll my eyes at press release quotes, this is one I agree with 100 percent, and I cannot wait to watch U.K. and see season two.