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My Traitors UK and AUS plans, and other fun updates

My Traitors UK and AUS plans, and other fun updates
Traitors US season 1 cast members Quentin Jiles, Christian De La Torre, Cirie Fields, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Kate Chastain, and Andie Thurmond during episode 9. (Photo by Euan Cherry/Peacock)

Happy Monday! With the exciting news about The Traitors now being legally available in the U.S., I wanted to share my plans about that—and then I realized I had a few other updates, too. So here we go!

🏰 My Traitors UK and Australia plans

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Alan Cumming watches for The Traitors players—and eventual winner—as they work through the episode 6 barrel-rolling mission (Image via Peacock)

Last Wednesday, Peacock dropped both The Traitors: UK and The Traitors: Australia. This is so very exciting!

I am a little annoyed that 1) Peacock didn’t announce this to media, and 2) I’ve been launching Peacock regularly to watch Poker Face (an absolutely wonderful show!) and Peacock has yet to recommend UK or AUS to me, despite the fact that I watched US. But I digress into complaints about companies who have great things and don’t know what to do with them.

Anyway, I am so very excited to see these two seasons, and also to write about them.

While I don’t want to treat a gift like a burden—to quote one of the mantras repeated regularly on Happier in Hollywood—but 24 episodes all at once is a lot. (Each season is 12 episodes, unlike the U.S.’s 10.) I didn’t have 24 hours of time budgeted this week or next, especially with a few days vacation planned, and the all-at-once drop means we’ll all be at different points yet again, never mind on different seasons!

I know some of you have already seen them, via methods, or have already binged what Peacock has offered. I’m excited to hear what you think.

My current plan is to write about The Traitors UK the week of March 6. Since it is nearly identical to the US version, I may not recap it in the same way—or maybe the new cast and small tweaks will inspire me to do so! We shall see. Then I’ll tackle Australia later that month.

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🐘 I’m on Mastodon, and have advice if you want to try it, too

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Mastodon’s very cute, uh, mastodon mascots (Photo by Battenhall/Unsplash)

With Elon Musk burning Twitter to the ground, It’s been nice to find a social media space that’s not at the whims of a billionaire man-child or venture capitalists who are relentlessly focused on profit, Andy writes a few paragraphs below asking you for money.

I’ve really been enjoying Mastodon, which has #caturday, too, but also fun things like #windowfriday (which taught me about my second-favorite word) and #tombtuesday (which I contributed to once).

Also, I’m only just beginning to learn about the Fediverse, but I’m quite attracted to the way this decentralized group of protocols and services returns us to aspects of the early 1990s and 2000s web, with individuals connecting directly with individuals, rather us gathering in corporate spaces to do so.

I’m exploring ways to incorporate reality blurred into the Fediverse, so if you’d, say, comment on Mastodon, that comment would appear on the story here, too.

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I am continuing to automatically publish stories to Twitter, and occasionally check in there—both because that’s still where so much TV conversation is, and because I cannot fully break my addiction even despite the increase in toxicity and the crumbling of its infrastructure. Alas!

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    Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.

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Monday 27th of February 2023

I finished the UK version this weekend. The setting is the same, but there are just enough differences to make it a enjoyable watch. The UK host is nice, but I really rather have Allen's fashion, cutting wit and comments. I am not sure which show was filmed first, but they sure needed some extra tissue boxes for the UK criers. The end game played out much differently but still satisfying for me the viewer. I just started the Australian version, I can see this show being a nice cash cow for Peacock for years to come. However really need to bring the prize money up as it appears usually the prize money will be divided at the end of most games.

Michael Harmstone

Tuesday 28th of February 2023

@Hereyeah, US filmed first, but US/UK filmed basically back-to-back. UK felt more polished to me - the challenges that were reused were a little more refined.


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

Haven’t watched AUS Traitors yet, I’m on the finale of the UK version, I honestly think the UK was even better than the US version (which I loved). More drama, fantastic cast, and some new and different twists the US version didn’t have.

Robert Karp

Sunday 26th of February 2023

@Logan, This can be discussed in more detail when Andy recaps UK version. But wow, what a difference in approach of the host. I love Alan Cumming and have absolutely no gripes with his approach, but Claudia Winkleman as host really gave the beginning of the game a completely different vibe.

I wasn't going to watch the season because the challenges are basically the same, but she caught my attention and I want to see how she handles the entire arc of the game. Without giving anything away about the beginning, (I don't believe this happened in the US version) ouch she certainly dropped the axe in an incredibly harsh way.

More on her when we get a recap on March.

Kyle B

Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

Andy thank you for this amazing site I read it every day!

Robert Karp

Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

I'm still on Twitter, never a heavy user, but something came up politically that made me go back. I'm interested in Mastodon, but a bit overwhelmed to try a new technology. I will be interested to see how it works for you.

Congrats (?) on giving up teaching and turning to this full time. If anybody deserves success doing content on the internet, you do.


Tuesday 21st of February 2023

Congrats, Andy. Been following along since the very beginning. As a teacher turned writer myself, I feel your excitement/anxiety. I will certainly continue to be a loyal fan! All the best!

Andy Dehnart

Tuesday 21st of February 2023

Thanks, Ryan! I appreciate it. What did you teach and/or what do you write now?