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I am – Hercules!! The WGA strike is, as predicted, proving a boon to reality TV producers. MyNet has brought back the long-dead “Meet My Folks” and “Paradise Hotel,” CBS is mounting an extra edition of “Big Brother” six months early, and now comes word that ABC is resurrecting “The Mole” four years after its last season concluded. Can a primetime revival of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” be far behind? One can only hope that the new “Mole,” expected to arrive this summer, proceeds without boorish halfwit Ahmad Rashad, who replaced Anderson Cooper as host in the later episodes and single-handedly soured the entire franchise for millions. Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here. As you proceed to talkback, keep in mind that the fellows who complain loudest about reality television are inevitably the first caught by their mothers masturbating in front of “American Gladiators.”

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  • Jan. 8, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    I must confess....

    by eggbeater

    I watched the first two seasons of the mole. There was something addicting about trying to figure out who was fuckin everyone over.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Couldn't be happier...as long as it isn't "Celebrity Mole"

    by KCMOSHer

    I absolutely ::hearted:: the first two seasons of The Mole, especially season 2, even though nobody saw it because they shuffled it around the schedule and cut the series off halfway through then restarted it weeks later. Unlike every other reality show, it isn't a popularity contest. In fact, having everyone absolutely hate you is a perfectly fine strategy, because all that matters is being right, or fooling everyone else, or both. Also unlike other reality shows, it's a true game show: the producers openly monkey with things as they're the hidden player, and their machinations are frequently the single best part of the show. Making the players believe their belongings had been torched in season 2 was absolute genius and probably the best reality show moment I've ever seen. It was cruel, manipulative, and 100% in line with how the game works. YAY MOLE!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Mole

    by cesaria

    I like english muffins.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Herc is anti American Gladiators. HE'S A COMMIE!!!

    by TallBoy66

    Boooooo!! Ah well, hope you enjoyed Cashmire Mafia.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    The first 2 seasons were effing amazing!

    by Darth Bauer

    As long as it was as well put together as the first two seasons, I am all for bringing it back. And bring back Anderson Cooper as host. He was awesome.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    This news makes my day... best reality show of them all

    by El Fuego

    At least before it turned into a celebrity crapfest. If they can get Anderson back, they have to... if not please ditch Rashad. Seriously though, this show kicks ass and never should've been canned -- it's The Amazing Race with espionage.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    The new American Gladiators..

    by otm shank

    has got alot better looking female gladiators than the one from the 80's/90's. No shame in punchin' the clown to them. Oh..and I'd absolutely would sing up for MILF Island!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    or sign up.

    by otm shank

    but for a week on that island I'd sing too!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Um

    by IGoToCollege

    I couldn't help but get the surreal feeling that I was watching The Running Man when I checked out the new AG the other day. It's a little too over the top. I live to see you eat that contract, but I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your goddamn spine!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Mothers cathing you masturbate

    by Mezzanine

    Hahahaha, I love it!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    That scraping sound you hear is

    by the podosphere

    desperate network scum scooping same from the bottom of the barrel.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I loved this show.

    by Shermdawg

    Too bad Cooper won't be back though.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    I like reality, but this new American Gladiators...

    by Executor

    It's like watching WWF, except without all the wit and story and great acting. Contestants yelling into the mic like they're buying a vowel on Wheel of Fortune. Gladiators fresh off the cell block. <p>Watching it is like having having ground glass rubbed in your eyes.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Oh god no

    by aversiontherapy2

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Also, why no Wire talkback for the premiere?

    by Executor

    Was that cable snafu Video On Demand post supposed to serve as the talkback?

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Next year at this time we'll be at Mole 23

    by skywalkerfamily

    Cause they're cheap to make.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Xiphos is right about Milf Island.

    by Rev. Slappy

    And when is America's Next Top Pirate debuting???

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Possible Reality Shows

    by smallPNS

    Gotta feel the love on this thread for 30 Rock! It was Alec Baldwin's NBC network head, Jack, who mentioned how all his summer reality shows were hits: MILF Island, America's Next Top Pirate, and Are You Stronger Than A Fifth Grader?

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    The wire

    by optimus122

    That on demand thread will serve as the whole seasons only talkback..you know there is no rhyme or reason to what gets a talkback here..like who gives a flying crap about the mole..but here we are.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    What? 24 is moving to ABC?

    by The Selecter

    I thought they were getting rid of CTU this season?<br><br>The Cooper-hosted seasons were one of the more palatable reality shows, though.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST

    There will be a WIRE talkback every week ...

    by Hercules

    ... if I have anything to say about it. <p> It's the best show on TV. Word to your mother.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 4:22 a.m. CST

    I just want someone to slap that dude Wolf from AG

    by Han Cholo

    Just bitch slap the guy to take that stupid smile off his face. Of all the Gladiators, this guy is the dumbest. Kinda like Malibu from old school AG. <p> Hottest female gladiator has to be the brunette with the short hair. I forgot her name. But DAMN!!!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Han Cholo

    by Shermdawg

    I believe that would be "Crush" (Gina Carano).

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Disgusting!

    by NudeandAroused

    Man that is hilariously disgusting! American Gladiators? What type of real man would do that in front of Hellga?

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    dexter coming to cbs in feb

    by palewook

    screw the reality filler shit during the strike

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Han Cholo, her name is "Crush"...

    by Mr. Profit

    The brunette gladiator with the Rihanna hair do. She is the hottest one there. I like how she dominates in "Joust". Overall I gave the AG Relaunch a chance based on nostalgia alone. There are worst things to watch at the moment. The dude gladiators are dumb though save for The Rock's cousin. And its funny how "Militia" was a gay porn star. Does NBC not care that one of their gladiators has a porn past.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    And as for "Wolf"...

    by Mr. Profit

    He is so fucking annoying. Like a broke down DDP.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    30 Rock

    by Mr. Profit

    The show that he came up with that makes me laugh the most was his idea for a talkshow that had no host but was "narrated by the dead woman from Desperate Housewives"' That was some funny shit, but I'm with everyone and am waiting on "MILF Island" too.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I watched about 20 minutes of American

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Gladiator, just to be sure I really didn't like it. I really didn't like it. The original gladiators had cheesy names, but weren't characters. Wolf with that dumb howling? And what's with that Samoan dude? Cool tats, but he was mumbling some gibberish to his first opponent, and doing some island dance. I'm not sure if it was real language and a real dance or just some lame character thing, but it looked like the latter.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Eggbeater, it is ironic you were the first

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    poster because like yourself, I loved The Mole. Before The Biggest Loser came along it was the only reality show I would watch. Why? The fact is it is a real competition. In the end you take a quiz on who you think is the mole, and the lowest score loses. There is none of this popularity contest garbage that is Survivor. Sure, there are alliances, and people try to play mind games with each other. They also have to actually win contests, locate clues and succeed. It doesn't matter how many "alliances" you had. If you weren't good enough, you got the boot. It was a total mind trip trying to figure out who the Mole was. Once I thought I was certain, and then with two shows left my guy got bounced. I was like no way. That is excitement, that is fun, not like backstabbing crap like The Apprentice. And what the hell is that black chick, I forget her name Omarosa or something like that, doing back on Celebrity Apprentice. She is a proven liar, and sees nothing wrong with it. I guess she is trying to get a staff job for Hillary Clinton.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    According to the article ...

    by timmer33

    It'll revert back to its original format. They are also looking for a new host as Anderson Cooper is now with CNN. Quiz at the end will be shorter. Airing this summer.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Does anyone else think Wolf looks like...

    by Mr. Sardonic

    Sir Richard Branson on steroids?

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Richard Branson...

    by DJJester

    ROFLMAO your absolutely right! Also out of all the gladiators... that Titan is a bit of a douche... I mean c'mon how many times can you flex your muscles to the camera... get over yourself already.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Samoan dude...

    by Mr. Profit

    His act is authentic. He is The Rock's cousin. Wolf is lame. The howling is lame. And Helga is too fucking overweight to be a Gladiator. The chicks kept running past her in the "Gauntlet". Titan looks like a roided up version on John Basedow.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Sorry to intrude but, I gotta ask......

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    .......where the hell is the talkback for this?: <p> http://tinyurl.com/3e2twj <p> Talk about a tease. The Last Supper? Galactica. Adama-atmo jump (just kidding about that last one, but hope they pull one this season again anyway).I'm sooooo there....

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    No more reality television!

    by rbatty024

    Except for American Gladiators. I love me some steroid freaks. This has been a wonderful respite from television recently. I wonder how the ratings look. I would imagine that if this goes on much longer they'll really take a dive.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Tom Coughlin has his own show?

    by Baron Karza

    NY Giants head coach should be busy right now..

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    i loved the mole...

    by coachaaron

    because it was one of the first big reality shows that challenged the viewers to figure out the clues along with the contestants. rashad did hurt the show, so i hope they either bring back cooper or get a better host. although, i think they'll probably blow it no matter who they pick.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    moleymoleymoleymoleymoley

    by ArcadianDS

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    well that wasnt very funny

    by ArcadianDS

    the forum decided to not let me type text. so much for that.<p> The show never worked for me because its "most exciting moment" consists of people sitting in front of laptops taking tests. I'd rather watch old Geico commercials.<p> Tina's here we're getting back together.<p> could you give us a minute?!?!<p> seriously someone should make that a show or something.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Fuck you guys - Gladiators rules.

    by AdrianVeidt

    Pure and simple.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I love the new AG...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...but miss the fact they didn't bring back the hamster-ball-and-smoke game. That, my friends, was the best.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    hmm

    by haggardatbest

    I thought maybe The Mole would air on the Who-Gives-a-Shit channel but then I remembered that was CBS.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    From a game theory standpoint...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...there's no doubt The Mole was a very solid show. Along with Amazing Race, it did the best job of superseding reality show bullshit with actual enthralling, performance-based competition, and yet it still maintained that good mix of characterization that the best reality shows achieve. Anderson is of course beyond that gig with his solid work on CNN now, but he did a great job and will be missed. I also really dug the recurring mysterious theme music.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I am pysched

    by Maestro610

    for The Mole's return. If I have to suffer through reality hell this show is an exception. Most reality is exploit and demean. This is in my number 2 favorite reality series behind the amazing and under-rated Murder in Small Town X.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...about 40% of reality television is much better than the original scripted dreck I've sat through year-after-year on network television. Last time I checked (about a month ago) only six hours in CBS' entire weekly schedule was dedicated to something other than cop/detective/military shows. Of the original scripted programming, I would say about 70% is pretty awful, which is worse than reality. Smoke that shit.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Oh man Maestro

    by haggardatbest

    I forgot all about Murder in Small Town X. My wife and I were glued to that thing. What a great show. On a side note, the firefighter who won that show died on 9/11. So yeah, there's your bummer for the day.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    hoep they don't screw it up

    by jccalhoun

    I got to agree, I loved the first two seasons of the Mole. I really hope they don't crew it up like they screwed up Big Brother after the first season... <br><br>Regarding Wolf on American Gladiators, I'm willing to bet that not only do a lot of viewers hate the guy but so do the other gladiators. After all he is the only one (of the guys at least) that anyone could possible name after seeing 1 episode. I'm betting they are all like, "Dude, seriously, quit it or I'm going to accidentally clean your clock in the next event..."

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    that's great, but WTF is "the mole"?

    by punto

    what's it about? I don't feel like reading a variety article that might not even describe it. <p> and is American Gladiators is a relity show? that's the only way Herc's shot would make sense.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    The Mole is one of the better reality shows...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...over the last ten years. It's based on doing missions, different kinds each week, but one of the contestants is "the mole," somebody trying to fuck up the tasks for their own reward money. Each episode, contestants take a quiz on who they think is the mole, and the person with the lowest score gets the boot. At the end, the final true contestant wins the money they all raised from the tasks. <p>It worked because every week was like a different show, and they weren't stuck in redundant loop of similar tasks. Part of its charm was that there didn't seem to be any rules week-to-week, and the viewer, too, was left in the dark as to the identity of the mole, therefore making it more interactive. <p>It was then ruined when its great host Anderson Cooper left to be a kickass newsanchor, and it shifted from European settings to Mexico and decided to follow up its first two good seasons with bullshit celebrity editions (including Angie Everhart, Stephen baldwin and Michael Boatman).

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    And no, technically, Gladiators is a game show.

    by Lenny Nero

    But it falls under the general unscripted TV class, which people lump in with reality TV, or gameshow-reality hybrids like Survivor.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I loved jerking off on the GLADIATORS...

    by travis-dane

    they were all so MASCULINE!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Piss on The Mole...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Bring back Battle of the Network Stars! The Lynda Carter episodes...now THAT was whacking material!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I'm holding out for potential

    by Captain Hollywood

    The guy in charge - John Saade, seems like he knows his "Mole" and if the article is an indication it's going to be a return to form.

  • As in winner after winner giving props to the writers - Joachim Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Katherine Heigl, Chandra Wilson...the WGA screwed up huge.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    But Stargate Atlantis just won best Sci-Fi show over BSG.

    by Pennsy

    WHAT THE FUCK?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    The Mole

    by Detective_Fingerling

    was/is my favorite reality show of all time. I don't mind mixing up the quality shows I watch with a little bit of reality TV, but as I've gotten older, I can't stomach one segment of reality television. That said, I will make time and plan my night around airings of the mole. Back in the day, I'd go over my grandmothers house to watch Buffy and Smallville, then eventually we both got turned onto the mole and it made for a good reason to visit her twice a week. Hoping Anderson Cooper will be back is all but pointless, but as long as they don't bring back Rashad, I'm sure they can get a host who has that CIA type demeanor. Best news to come since the WGA strike started.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    moleymoleymoleymoleymoley

    by zacdilone

    OK...I can hear someone saying that. Is it from a tv show or movie?

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    The Wire Talkback

    by Funketeer

    Y'know Herc, just because YOU haven't watched The Wire yet, doesn't mean WE haven't and maybe some of us would like to start talking about it.

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Hottest female Gladiator is.......

    by Ka Dargo

    Siren you fools!!! Red hair, pretty face, killer fit body!!! Close second is that hot brunette Crush. Wish they'd do away with the stupid interviews before AND after each event. I just mute that part and look at the beautiful face of that Ali chick.

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Cindy Crawford ..

    by pumaman

    Will she be hosting this year ? She has a pretty impressive mole. ...I'll get my coat...

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    moleymoleymole...

    by Lenny Nero

    Austin Powers in Goldmember.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Celebrity Mole

    by Pouchstalker

    The only good thing about the celebrity versions was watching Stephen Baldwin melt down trying to find clues where none existed and missing the clues that were out in the open.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    SH!t... Forgot celebrity apprentice was on...

    by mistergreen

    oh well.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I never watched the Mole except once I tuned it

    by jim

    I saw Kathy Griffin and decided to never go back to it ever again. But reading what everyone has written sounds like it might be interesting to watch. If Kathy Griffin isn't on I'll take a look.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Damn you reality television.

    by DamnMichaelBay

    Damn you to hell.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Wolf is absurd...

    by Stuntman Shaun

    It's pretty sad when your a poor man's Dog the Bounty Hunter. That said, I was disappointed in Helga because she's built like a brick house and I thought for sure she was gonna crush everyone. Turns out she's just slow and useless.

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    bunch o' haters

    by Homer Sexual

    Everyone just loves to bash on Kathy Griffin, but obviously plenty of people like her since she keeps working and even winning an Emmy. Celebrity Mole 1 was awesome! Loved it! <p> Finally saw the second season of Mole (I think, Dorothy won) on Reality marathon. It was really good, but the Mole was a little obvious, and he wasn't a very effective Mole either, Vendela was way better.