Trailer: Netflix brings back The Mole
James R | On 21, Sep 2022
Netflix is bringing back The Mole. This is not a drill.
The competition series is one of the best reality TV shows ever devised. Originating as a Belgian series in 1998 called De Mol, it went on to inspire numerous international versions, including a US version that ran for five seasons and a UK version that ran on Channel 5 for two seasons. The series is essentially Mission: Impossible meets Big Brother, with 12 players teaming up take on a range of physical challenges in order to win money for their group prize pot. But one of them is an insider, a saboteur… a mole. As they attempt to stop the group winning money – adding the sum to their own private piggy bank – the wider team must work out who the mole is. As the person with the least accurate guess is eliminated each week, the last contestant remaining who successfully guesses the identity of the mole at the end of the season wins the accumulated prize.
Netflix’s US revival will be presented by MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner. Competing will be a mix of students, pilots, warehouse workers and firefighters — oh, and a mole.
“The original Mole was a sort of seismic event in American television. It broke the mold,” says Wagner. “There’s every reason to watch the reboot because I think the concept of the show is ever more resonant today. We have refreshed a lot of the elements to make them even more compelling than the original — and that was pretty damn compelling.”
The three-week series will be released in three batches. The first batch of five episodes will debut on 7th October, with the second batch of three episodes on 14th October and the final batch – including the finale – on 21st October.