The US reboot of the beloved reality series premieres on October 7.
Welcome to a new generation of deception.
More than two decades since Anderson Cooper first hosted ABC’s reality competition series “The Mole,” the show is back on Netflix with 12 new contestants vying for a massive cash prize. However, one of them is not who he appears to be…
Each week, 12 players work together on challenges to add money to a pot that only one of them will win. But there is a problem: one player will sabotage the rest. Who is the mole? The series begins on October 7, with new episodes airing weekly.
According to an official synopsis, “The Mole” is a series of high-stakes competitions, and in this reimagined version, 12 players work together in challenges to add money to a pot that only one of them will win at the end. Among the players is a person who has been secretly designated as “the Mole” and tasked with sabotaging the group’s lucrative efforts. In the end, one player will survive their competition and expose the Topo to win the prize.
The series is based on the Belgian format “The Mole” (original title “De Mol”), created by Bart De Pauw, Michel Vanhove, Michiel Devlieger and Tom Lenaerts and distributed by Primitives. Alex Wagner hosts the Netflix version, with contestants including former pageant queen Avori Henderson and producer Greg Shapiro.
Also competing are Casey Lary, Dom Gabriel, Jacob Hacker, Joi Schweitzer, Kesi Neblett, Osei White, Pranav Patel, Samara Joy, Sandy Ronquillo and Will Richardson.
“The Mole” ran for five seasons on ABC from 2001 to 2008. The new series’ executive producers include Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Rikkie Proost, David Tibballs and David Burris. “Holey Moley” producer Eureka Productions is behind the Netflix series.
Netflix also recently greenlit “Squid Game”-inspired competition show “Squid Game: The Challenge” with a historic $4.56 million prize pool for one of 456 competitors to take home. “Squid Game” executive producer Hwang Dong-hyuk defended the greenlit reality spinoff, saying it “doesn’t really set much of a precedent” for “taking things too seriously.”
“I think that even though our show conveys a pretty strong message, and I know there are some concerns about taking that message and turning it into a reality show with a cash prize,” said Emmy winner Hwang. “However, I feel that when you take things too seriously, that is not the best way to do it for the entertainment industry. It doesn’t really set a great precedent.”
“The Mole” premieres October 7 on Netflix.
Take a look at the trailer below.