The Mole debuted 15 years ago today on ABC. Here’s why, even a decade and a half later, it remains one the best reality television shows.
I was just wondering if you have ever applied to any reality tv show? Would you like to be a contestant in any reality, or be the subject of a docu-reality series? Just curious! –Francisco I’ve applied to one show: The Mole season two. That story in a minute. As to the other questions, the answer is… continue reading
More than a year ago, Anderson Cooper broke my heart. I was so crushed by what he said it’s taken me 13 months to write about it. Yes, this has to do with The Mole.
Former The Mole host Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show has been cancelled and will end at the end of next summer, finishing its second season. The show it has significantly improved since last season (and since he came out), adopting a format that includes banter with generally strong co-hosts and airing live, but its ratings… continue reading
The Mole host–and CNN host, talk show host, and 60 Minutes contributor–Anderson Cooper has come out as gay. This isn’t a surprise, since this has been not just rumored but reported as fact for years, and he’s even vaguely joked about it with Ryan Seacrest. It’s mostly newsworthy only because he’s refused to discuss his… continue reading
The Mole is one of the best reality competitions that has ever aired. It had the right combination of everything. From Anderson Cooper’s dry yet extremely personal hosting–he had dinner with the players!–to the challenges that perfectly combined physical and mental tasks to the conceit of having one player working for the producers, it was… continue reading
Over the summer, CBS hired that Louis Boyd as vice president for alternative programming (i.e. reality TV) to report to executive vice president for alternative programming Jen Bresnan, who was hired two years ago. In June, Bresnan told The Hollywood Reporter, “As a producer who I’ve worked with, I know firsthand that Louis brings a… continue reading
My love for the first two seasons of The Mole will never die. Both season one and the first celebrity season are on DVD, but season two has been ignored except for a rebroadcast on Fox Reality. Having offered the entire first season free starting this summer, Hulu has just added season two, subtitled “The… continue reading
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… continue reading
The Mole‘s original mole, Kathryn Price, was threatened by the man who the FBI and Justice Department say is responsible for killing people with mailed anthrax in 2001. Army researcher Dr. Bruce Ivins, who killed himself in late July, was apparently fascinated by Kathryn and wrote about killing her in an early July 2008 e.mail… continue reading
In mid-August, of the top 10 shows that were DVRed by viewers and watched within one week, there were just two programs: NBC’s coverage of the summer Olympics and CBS’ three broadcasts of Big Brother 10. And The Mole 3‘s finale came in at number 11. Sunday’s Big Brother 10 episode led that week in… continue reading
The Mole 3 player Nicole was “the fastest quiz taker in The Mole’s history,” the show’s executive producer Clay Newbill said. That helped her stay in the game, as the finale revealed, especially at the final-four level when she beat Paul by four seconds. The fastest she ever completed the 10-question quiz was 37 seconds,… continue reading
The Mole 3 ended its run last night, and likely ended its time on ABC, as the show managed to lose even more of its already low number of viewers. Only 2.97 million viewers watched Jon Kelley reveal the mole’s identity and announce the winner, according to TV By the Numbers. That’s a loss of… continue reading
After nine episodes, The Mole 3 reached its conclusion, revealing the identities of the mole and the show’s winner. History teacher and soccer coach Mark Lambrecht won the pot of $420,0000 despite almost being eliminated on multiple occasions. His time on the show was “full of near-misses,” host Jon Kelley said, but his “drive to… continue reading
With one episode of the show to go, fans of The Mole are attempting to organize a campaign to save the show by sending lemons to ABC. The show’s producers are already campaigning to save their series because, as ABC’s president told me, the show will likely be cancelled because its ratings have failed to… continue reading