The original season of The Mole consisted of nine episodes, aired from January 9, 2001 - February 28, 2001 and was hosted by Anderson Cooper. Today we begin a Sunday series devoted to The Mole -Season 1.
Anderson had this to say about leaving WNN for the Mole:
My last year at ABC, I was working overnights anchoring this newscast, then during the day at 20/20. So I was sleeping in two- or four-hour shifts, and I was really tired and wanted a change. I wanted to clear my head and get out of news a little bit, and I was interested in reality TV — and it was interesting.
Anderson stopped by WNN to do a little promotion before the program aired and at the end Barry had a little career advice for him.
The opening to episode one; where the program is explained and the players are introduced...