Monday, February 4, 2008


OK, folks, this is your chance. If you don't apply to be on this summer's new Mole absolutely will be guaranteed of staying home in a humdrum job. There are still a few days left; get those applications in!

The Mole II

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dubbed television’s smartest reality show, ABC is bringing back THE MOLE, featuring new “whodunit” game elements, interactivity and a new host.THE MOLE, based on the hit Belgian format, will be produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and follows a group of players as they try to figure out who among them is The Mole, a saboteur trying to keep them from winning money. Players must decide who they think The Mole is and then learn as much about him or her as they can, because, at the end of each one-hour episode, the player who knows the least about The Mole is immediately eliminated from the game. In the final dramatic episode, The Mole is revealed and one of two final players wins a substantial cash prize.The highly-rated ABC unscripted series aired in various time periods during its four-season run, and was a consistent draw with key young adult viewers opposite established network competition, including NBC’s “Law & Order” and the inaugural season of Fox’s “American Idol.” “The Mole” ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in its respective slots each season with Adults 18-34 and took second place in each of its time periods among Adults 18-49. Despite facing stiff demographic competition, “The Mole” improved each of its time periods among Adults 18-34.A NATIONWIDE CASTING SEARCH IS UNDERWAY TO FIND THE NEXT COMPETITORS TO PARTICIPATE IN A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!Do you have what it takes to participate in this challenging, once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Are you observant enough to identify THE MOLE? If so, you could win up to $500,000! We are looking for dynamic competitive people with BIG personalities and a strong point of view. You must be able to participate in both physical and mental challenges and have the smarts to outwit your fellow competitors.SEEKING: • Men and women, ages 21 and over by March 1, 2008. • Must have an interesting life story and background. • Must have a U.S. passport valid by March 1, 2008 through the end of 2008. • Must be available to travel for approximately 6 to 8 weeks

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New Mole season

OK, I've had a number of you ask if the new show is really coming. Absolutely! And, I don't know what the number of the show is, nor the host. However, I do know for certainty that the show will happen! The rest of that stuff will be revealed in due order; you know how secretive those mole folk are!

Again, thanks for the notes back on the book; I'm glad that some of you are enjoying it. I feel like I'm finding a whole new bunch of old friends out there!


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Season?

ABC bringing back 'The Mole'
Reality show scheduled for summer trek
Saade"The Mole" has come out of hiding.
ABC has given a 10-episode order to Stone & Co. Entertainment ("Tim Gunn's Guide to Style") to revive the reality competish, which hasn't aired in four years.
Casting and pre-production have begun on the show, which will likely start shooting later this spring. ABC is looking to run "The Mole" this summer.
"This is a show we honestly love and people ask us about all the time," said ABC Entertainment alternative series senior VP John Saade, who added that plans were afoot to dig out "The Mole" even before the writers' strike.
"We were looking to bring the show back even when the writers were working," he said.
The first two editions of "The Mole," which aired in 2001 and 2002, earned ABC's top marks among adult 18-34 auds in both of those years. ABC then ran two seasons of "Celebrity Mole," in midseason 2003 and 2004.
Stone Stanley Prods., which produced all four "Mole" segs, dissolved in 2004. But principal Scott Stone said he kept a fire burning for the show, and has been looking to revive it under his new shingle for years.
"It was just about getting the timing right," Stone said.
The hiccup: Rights to "The Mole" had reverted back to Belgium company TTTI, which owns the format. Stone, who's repped by WMA, finally managed to close a new deal to license the show two months ago.
"If anyone asks me what my favorite show has been, I've answered 'The Mole,'" Stone said. "Not surprisingly, this has been a passion of mine since the option lapsed three or four years ago. In my staff meeting every week, people would say, 'Don't even bring it up.' I kept throwing it out that it was eventually going to be the right time. And it perennially ends up on lists of people's favorite reality shows. That kept the fires burning inside me."
The revived "Mole" will revert back to the original format, sans celebs.
Show features contestants traveling across a foreign country completing tasks and solving puzzles in order to add money to the winner's pot. At the same time, they're trying to figure out which of their competitors is actually "The Mole" -- a player planted to sabotage the game and limit the money won.
At the end of each episode, players take a quiz; lowest-score sends someone packing. Person who's left standing alongside the Mole wins the money pot -- which could be as much as $1 million, but ultimately came to $510,000 in season one and $636,000 in season two.
Stone said the new version has been simplified, but said he hasn't "dumbed it down."
"We simplified it to where the people at home can play along," he said. "And the quiz will be much shorter than in the past."
Anderson Cooper, who hosted the first two editions, remains at CNN and isn't available to host; Ahmad Rashad, who hosted the celeb editions, hasn't been asked to return. Stone said he's scouting for a host in Cooper's vein.
"We're looking for someone in the Anderson mode, a little mysterious but full of comedy," he said. "It could be a breakout role for someone."
"Celebrity Mole" won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Achievement in Enhanced Television.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy 2008!

Friends, I wish you a most wonderful 2008! And, may the headaches go away quickly! If you have not seen it, go to Murtz Jaffer's web site,, and click on his ad for Reflections of the Mole. My appreciation to Murtz and his staff for giving a wonderful writeup for this book. Again, if we all push, the networks will listen. Mole III will return!

Again, Happy New Year!


Friday, December 28, 2007

Coal in my stockings!

OK, folks, I suppose most of you got good gifts; I got enough coal in my stockings to decrease my fuel bill for the winter! Darn! It has been great hearing from many of you in the last few weeks, and especially following the Mole II marathon over the weekend. Keep the notes coming! My book will be available soon via other sources...Amazon, book stores, hopefully airports, and even more hopefully Costco! Keep your fingers crossed for Mole III!


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Good morning, friends. I just want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a most wonderful 2008!