The Mole

2001, TV Show


Whodunnit? Lives in Limbo: Why It Needs a Second Season


[WARNING: The following story reveals The Killer's identity on Whodunnit? Read at your own risk.]

Whodunnit? wrapped up its first season Sunday night and we miss it already.
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The Weekend Playlist: Maids, Discovery Gets Naked, ABC's Whodunnit?


It's so hard finding good shows about help these days.

PBS' hit Brit import Downton Abbey, which humanizes the servants and nobility with equal sensitivity and wit, is an exception. In the second cable series within a month depicting the class divide between the unhappy rich and the equally conflicted domestics who tidy their fabulous homes if not their messy lives, both extremes of the economic scale are patronized with cartoonish levels of camp and melodrama.

If you liked Marc Cherry's Desperate Housewives, then you're pretty much already seen Lifetime's Devious Maids — what's next, Dangerous Masseuses? The characters and situations may be different, but creator/executive producer Cherry's signature tone of arch cattiness leavened with sentimental schmaltz is unmistakable... read more

Report: Jeopardy! Eyes Matt Lauer, Brian Williams to Replace Alex Trebek

Matt Lauer

As Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek continues mulling retirement, the syndicated game show is weighing its options regarding its nest host. And according to The New York Post, the current frontrunner is... Today show anchor Matt Lauer. read more

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper

Anderson Cooper


For the last month and a half, Anderson Cooper has been the source for around-the-clock coverage of the BP oil spill from Louisiana on Anderson Cooper 360 (10/9c, CNN). And according to the tireless anchor, there is no place he'd rather be... read more

Big Brother Adds New Twist to Season 12

Julie Chen

Big Brother producers are adding another level of treachery a la The Mole with what they've labeled a "saboteur."

When the show premieres Thursday, July 8 at 8/7c on CBS, one of the houseguests will have a separate mission: to sabotage the rest of them. This player's goal will be unknown to the rest of the cast. Viewers, however, will learn the person's identity July 15 — when the first live show airs.

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Mega Buzz on Heroes, Criminal Minds and More!

David Anders by Justin Lubin/NBC; Thomas Gibson by Michael Desmond/CBS; Alex O' Loughlin by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Please tell me we haven't seen the last of David Anders as Adam Monroe on Heroes. — StacieMatt Mitovich: No, Heroes fans have not seen the last of Anders. And that's the truth. (Now would you be so kind as to tell my sons that good things come to those who say please?)Newly converted "vitch" here. Think you could dig up some scoop on Bones or Criminal Minds for me? — LaurenMitovich: "Vitch"? Really? Hmm. There's Bones buzz in the new Mega Minute vodcast. As for Minds, remember the SUV that went kablooey in the finale? It belonged to a main character, and he will emerge "impaired" as a result. Have you heard anything about when BSG will return with the final episodes? – AnnaMitovich: The bad news: No sooner than January 2009, Ron Moore told us just last week. The good news: There is talk of getting a "bonus" 11th hour in that batch. A Sci Fi rep deftly responds, "As written by Ron, the phenomenal finale script extends beyond the time allotted for the episode. We're ex... read more

The Mole Comes out of Hiding on ABC

The Mole's Jon Kelley by Bob D'Amico/ABC

After a four-year absence The Mole returns to ABC Monday night 10 pmET where contestants complete a grueling series of physical and mental missions This is ultimate teamwork the missions have to be completed together in order to build up cash amounts that are eventually won by the winner But beware the Mole a saboteur and one of the 12 contestants whose mission it is to prevent the group from winning the cash All the while the players try to figure out which one of them is the Mole through a series of quizzesAt the end of each episode the players are quizzed about the person they think is the mole example on the first night where was the Mole assigned to sleep Score the lowest and you face execution The player who survives all the executions over ten weeks wins the cash that has been accumulated by the group up to 500000 This is like a mystery A Whodunit says executive producer Clay Newbill The list of clues players must find is like somet read more

ABC's Mole Digs Up a New Host

Jon Kelley by Amy Graves/

Following in the footsteps of original host Anderson Cooper and his tepidly received successor, Ahmad Rashad, Jon Kelley has been enlisted to front the latest edition of ABC's The Mole. Kelley's credits include TV's Extra (where he was a weekend anchor) and Fox Sports Net's The National Sports Report and Baseball Today.According to Variety, ABC is likely to premiere the first new Mole in years on Monday, May 26, at 10 pm/ET, where it would lead out of The Bachelorette (who is tentatively slated to have her first date on May 19). — MWM read more

I got so excited when I heard ...

Question: I got so excited when I heard ABC was bringing back The Mole. I don't know how much you followed it, if at all, when it was on, but I've talked to so many people who say they hate reality shows, but they were won over by this. The new season is the regular, non-celebrity edition with 10 people, and I think it's supposed to air in the summer. Filming should have begun already, and I was wondering what other information you can provide, specifically an air date and Anderson Cooper's replacement. Answer: I've seen the reports of its return, but beyond that, no details. I bring up The Mole primarily to remind everyone that, however it looks, I'm not a reality-TV snob. There are some very good shows in this genre, and The Mole was one of my early favorites (before it went the ill-advised "celebrity" route). It was smart, innovative, original and, like The Amazing Race, it was beautifully produced in exotic locations. It may also have been ahead of its time, so I'm eager to see if ... read more

Who is going to be the new ...

Question: Who is going to be the new host of The Mole?

Answer: Sorry, but I'm not that desperate. Yet.

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Premiered: January 09, 2001, on ABC
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Premise: The cutthroat competition of `Survivor' meets the whodunit intrigue of `Clue' in a reality contest that has players vying for $1 million by completing missions while trying to smoke out the mysterious traitor in their group. The second season of this underrated spy game, `The Mole II: The Next Betrayal,' was followed by a celebrity version.



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