The Traitors, the best new reality competition of the year, and my favorite new format in years and years, has been streaming on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s pay streaming service.
But now the competition is coming to Bravo, the cable network, for a weekend marathon. Yay!
I first discovered reality TV via a weekend marathon of The Real World Los Angeles on MTV back in the 1990s, and loved marathons for both discovering a show I’d missed or re-watching.
It was binge-watching before there was such a term, and a great use of cable channel real estate.
Bravo does regularly air marathons; today, for example, the first eight episodes of Vanderpump Rules season 1 aired during the daytime.
Other networks frustratingly refuse; MTV would rather air repeats of Ridiculousness than repeat The Challenge or allow us to catch up on the season.
So I’m absolutely thrilled Bravo is giving people the chance to see The Traitors.
While Peacock has licensed the UK and Australia versions—which are both outstanding, and arguably better than the US seasons—Bravo is airing just the US version.
It’s hosted by Alan Cumming, who’s exceptional in his role, and contributes so much to the tone of the season. While I liked the game play of UK and Australia better, the production design of US was my favorite of the three.
The Traitors US marathon schedule
Bravo is actually airing The Traitors US over the next two days, and oddly, is only airing part of the season on Saturday.
Here’s the schedule:
- Saturday, April 29, 5 p.m. ET to midnight: episodes 1 to 6
- Sunday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. ET to 9 p.m.: episodes 1 to 10, plus the reunion
The start times, especially on Sunday, are very strange, like 9:47 a.m. and 10:54 a.m., so I’ll be setting my DVR just for that entire block of time.
Speaking of DVRs: Since Bravo aired the first two episodes previously, and then will be airing the first six on Saturday, both those first two on Saturday and then half the season on Sunday is not being marked as new episodes.
If you have not yet watched, and you like reading recaps after watching, my recaps are in three places, divided by episode so you can avoid spoilers:
The rest of my Traitors US season 1 coverage is below, including interviews with Cirie, Rachel, Stephenie, and Cody.
Especially if you haven’t seen it, enjoy! It’s just so much fun, with great cast members, and a terrific reminder of how fantastic competition reality TV can be.
All of reality blurred’s Traitors US coverage
My review of The Traitors season 1, which I cannot recommend more: it’s outstanding, and immediately won me over, from host Alan Cumming to the smart decisions producers have made while adapting the game of Mafia into a reality competition.
An interview with The Traitors players Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick, Cirie Fields, and Cody Calafiore about how this show compared to Survivor and Big Brother, what role they wanted, and much more.
Spoiler-filled recaps of The Traitors season 1, episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Who was murdered? Who was banished? Who drew unnecessary attention to themselves and destroyed their own games?
Who were the final Traitors? Did they win, or did the remaining Faithfuls? Who was banished, and who acted like a bonehead? Spoiler-filled recaps of The Traitors episodes 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
An interview with The Traitors player Rachel Reilly, covering elements such as casting, strategy, behind-the-scenes details, Harry Potter, and host Alan Cumming’s brilliance.
Why did Amanda leave The Traitors? She was one of three players on The Traitors US who tested positive for COVID, and it led to a filming one day twice and may have affected another player’s game.
Peacock has announced some thrilling news: about The Traitors season one, The Traitors season two (yay!), and beyond.
Monday 1st of May 2023
Just to note the second Australian season has now officially been recommissioned, though sadly they're going down the US route of padding the cast out with "actors, reality stars and content creators".
Monday 1st of May 2023
@Brekkie, and another English language version coming with The Traitors New Zealand.
Monday 1st of May 2023
Awesome on the renewal—and so depressing on the casting! They're changing the one thing that really didn't need to be changed. The ratings must not have been great, or else they're convinced celebs will draw in higher ratings?
Friday 28th of April 2023
Yay indeed!! I'm excited to be able to watch this. Thanks!