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Herc Digs Up ABC’s First New MOLE In More Than Four Years!!

I am – Hercules!!
The fat graphic artist gets nervous about his waterfall safety-rope. The stupid guy gives up his journal, claiming to have a “photogenic memory.” (Because if he had a photographic one, he’d know the right word to use there.) A surgeon, Nicole, tries to work around the rules, noting that all she has to do is “stay black and die.” A history teacher squirts a few when he talks about the money he could win. The new host of this elimination reality series, Jon Kelley, is more on the model of the no-nonsense Anderson Cooper than the talentless Ahmad Rashad. I found tonight's installment all very enjoyable! Variety says:
… A four-year hiatus has been kind … Perhaps foremost, the once-convoluted rules seem less onerous this time -- having been simplified, thank goodness, without completely dumbing them down. (A little dumbing down was in order, frankly, for everyone except those determined to pursue a degree in Mole 101.) … In essence, "The Mole" borrows from the best -- combining the travelogue component of "The Amazing Race" with the challenges and squabbling of "Survivor." …
10 p.m. Monday. ABC.

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  • June 2, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Never seen the show

    by StealthBeagle

    But I'll be checking it out tonight.

  • June 2, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I know a producer

    by robertplant

    She says the show is awesome.

  • June 2, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    what the fuck is the mole?

    by Mr_X

    man.

  • June 2, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    I am the mole

    by Heckles

    And I am mole-tastic.

  • June 2, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I used to like this show

    by Larry of Arabia

    I think they canceled it in mid-season last time, or at least scheduled it so it was impossible for me to see the end of. I'll be there.

  • June 2, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    MOLEYMOLEYMOLEY!!!...mole!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 2, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    photogenic memory

    by xmuskrat

    You sure Herc? I'm pretty sure that means people who remember they usually appear physically attractive or striking in photographs, regardless of their physical appearance in real life. I hope he didn't mean that he has an eidetic memory.

  • June 2, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Loved the original cycles

    by Charlie Murphy

    you bet your ass i'll be on the couch tonight on abc.

  • June 2, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Tiny bubbles...

    by Bramton1

    in the wine...

  • June 2, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    the australian version was surprisingly good..

    by couP

    will give this a go with nothing on these days.

  • June 2, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    This was an awesome show. Watch it!

    by Mahaloth

    I tried out for season 2...didn't make it.

  • June 2, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I fucking love this show

    by The_Squid

    glad its back. Something has to satisfy my lost fix. When does Curb your enthusiasm come back?

  • June 2, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    And thank God it's not Celebrity Mole

    by The_Squid

    Is the painfully bland Ahmad Rahshad still the host. He sounds like he's reading the news when he hosts.

  • June 2, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    HAHAHAH I want to

    by Series7

    See Wipeout, I've never seen a show like that before it looks CRAAAAzyyy! Seriously this Mole show... terrible, why can't we get people that are really funny on these reality shows, like people that just don't give a fuck. Also if I were on the mole, I would just go out of my way to ruin everything from the get go so everyone just thought I was an asshole and not the mole, like they all nominate me to be the mole the first time because I obviously sabotaged the game only to be fooled by my trickery.

  • June 2, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    OH yeah

    by Series7

    And ABC, bring by game shows that matter like Show Me The Money, that show ruled.

  • June 2, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    That was underwhelming

    by StealthBeagle

    Pretty dull first ep. But since there's nothing on this summer I'll end up watching this anyway.

  • June 3, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    HAHAHAH Pirate Master

    by Series7

    talk about a show that made me want to kill myself.

  • June 3, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Wait, I thought 24 was on Fox

    by The Selecter

    and not coming back until Fall?<br><br>Really though, if you've gotta watch reality tv, this is certainly better than most of it.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Nicole's line "all I HAVE to do is stay black and die"

    by jim

    So she doesn't pay taxes? Made me also wonder if, given the choice, would she be white and live forever (and sleep inside)?<p>I think the history teacher is the mole because when I first saw him I thought he looked shifty. Then he had his "Oscar" moment - single tear running down his cheek as he talks about his wife working 2 jobs while raising their 3 kids "who won't be kids much longer". And then, this history teacher doesn't know blue jeans and the revolver were mid-19th century inventions, and not around 100 years earlier. Hell, at one point he had the camera on the table before he thought to remove it. Dude, when's the last time you saw a photograph of the 1st Continental Congress? Was John Adams wearing blue jeans and holding a revolver?

  • June 3, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    i hope they don't screw with it too much

    by jccalhoun

    If they change it so that the person who is kicked off each week is oted off rather than the person who gets the fewest questions about the mole correct the show will be dead to me. If the contestants vote each other off it will just be another Survivor clone. By making it so that the person who knows the least gets kicked off the show actually got rid of the morons that made up the majority of reality shows and was therefore interesting and had people that were actually likable.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    i hope they don't screw with it too much

    by jccalhoun

    If they change it so that the person who is kicked off each week is oted off rather than the person who gets the fewest questions about the mole correct the show will be dead to me. If the contestants vote each other off it will just be another Survivor clone. By making it so that the person who knows the least gets kicked off the show actually got rid of the morons that made up the majority of reality shows and was therefore interesting and had people that were actually likable.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    It was okay...

    by Charlie Murphy

    prefer the typing of contestants names into the computer, but that's a small gripe. jon kelley is okay... i hated when he would turn on his "extra" voice, which is really phoney... nicole is a bitch... that's all.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    This show was terrible

    by Series7

    I'm tired of overly edited reality shows. I wanna see a non-edited reality TV show, where the players aren't lead with questions during quiet time. And not big brother, like a Survivor game were we really get to hear what people think. Not, OH man he did really bad I think he is not trying. Stuff like what the fuck is wrong with this lazy ass mother fucker! I fucking can't stand him. All of it just feels way to fake now.

  • June 3, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Drinking Game

    by jim

    Take a drink everytime someone says "Mole". It seemed they said it about a dozen times in the first 5 minutes alone.<p>I hated that attempt at suspense at the end. I had no doubt the first 6 or 7 people would not be the ones getting kicked out. It drives me bonkers to spend that much airtime waiting to find out what we already know. <p>If you want to create suspense have the host go through the entire group with 3 getting the red screen. Then, with those 3 do the whole "the person with the lowest score is...." pause, close-up on each person, pause, then reveal. The other two would be just random picks, not based on score, but they would not know that and would think they were way off on their answers. Plus you could occasionally put the mole in there to throw the contestants off.

  • June 3, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Kurzinski Valentine, I did not know that

    by jim

    Never having seen the show before (except 5 minutes of the celebrity edition; when I saw Cathy Griffin I had to turn it off) I just assumed it was like most reality tv where they like to draw it out as much as possible ("Deal...", pause, look at contestant, point somewhere, fold arms, walk in circles, look at banker, look back at contestant, unfold arms, touch chin, touch nose, point to contestant's family, fold arms again, walk away, unfold arms, walk back, stroke chin, look at case, look at button, look at contestant, "...or no deal?").

  • June 3, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Wait, there are people that actually watch this?

    by Trazadone

    I can't envision any scenario where I would ever spend a minute on such awfulness. Why not just stare at a mound of dirt?

  • June 4, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Stay black and die

    by mascan42

    Not pay taxes . . . because that would make her white.

  • June 4, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    talentless Ahmad Rashad?

    by ciroslive

    I don't know about that. He does a pretty good job hosting that NBA show on Saturday mornings...