"The Mole," based on the hit Belgian format, is 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 "Executed" 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.
Additional information about the show and players can be found at ABC.com. Below are mini-bios for the latest players announced:
Education: Associate's Degree, New Mexico Tech.
Liz has more energy than people half her age, lives life to the fullest and doesn't let age stand in her way. Nor will she hesitate to shock people with her outlandish sense of humor. When Liz' husband passed away, she decided to adopt two children and raise them on her own. She has an 18-year-old daughter, a senior in high school, and a 20-year-old son in the army, who recently gave her a grandchild. Her son may be deployed to Iraq at any time. She suffers a bit from the empty nest, so she's eager to have this adventure to bring some excitement into her life. Liz feels that her age will be an asset in the game because with age comes wisdom, especially when dealing with younger people.
MARCIE Age: 31
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
Education: High School graduate, West High, Torrance, CA
Marcie got pregnant in high school, married her high school sweetheart and is a devoted wife and mother of three sons. Married to a police officer, she devotes her entire life to raising her family, but sometimes feels she has missed out on the opportunity to do something just for herself. She believes stay-at-home moms have the most important jobs anyone can have; they're not people who can't do anything else, they just choose to raise their families rather than pursue a career. Playing this game will be Marcie's big adventure and an opportunity to prove she is more than "just a mom." She feels that others will underestimate her, and she'll use that to her advantage. Spanish is her first language and she speaks it fluently.
ALEX Age: 31
Education: Attended University of Colorado, Boulder
Alex grew up in the suburbs outside Philadelphia and has been drawn to music his whole life. In high school he was president of the jazz band, and now he's an aspiring musician, the lead guitarist for a fledgling rock band. He doesn't want to compromise his musical aspirations, so he works odd jobs and lives at home with his parents while waiting for his big break. He says he communicates best through his music. He plans on bringing his guitar to help entertain his fellow players with a song he wrote especially for "The Mole." His strategy is to be the "nice guy," but he says he can play dirty if he needs to. He learned to speak Spanish from his mother and lived in Costa Rica for five years. He considers himself an expert marksman.
CRAIG Age: 30
Occupation: Graphic designer
San Diego, CA
Education: B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University
Craig has been overweight his entire life so he developed a sense of humor in order to make friends. He's a lovable prankster with a big heart, and his magnetic personality has gotten him through life. Craig plans on using his endearing nature and non-threatening appearance to win the players' trust and then manipulate them. He knows his physical limitations, but says this can be an asset in the game because everyone will underestimate him. He hopes to surprise people with his abilities. Craig has sleep apnea, so he has to sleep with a special machine to help him breathe. Craig has traveled extensively and worked as a humanitarian disaster relief aide worker in Turkey and Thailand.
The complete list of all 12 players — Kristen (Santa Monica, CA), Victoria (Bishop, TX), Clay (Philadelphia, PA), Paul (Yonkers, NY), Nicole (Chicago, IL), Ali (St. Louis, MO), Bobby (Philadelphia, PA), Mark (Mukwonago, WI), Liz (Whitefish, MT), Marcie (Corona, CA), Alex (Haverford, PA) and Craig (San Diego, CA).
Photos: (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)