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Alan Cumming To Host US Version Of Dutch Reality Show ‘The Traitors’

Peacock has announced it will be home to the U.S. version of The Traitors, a reality competition show based on the wildly popular Dutch series De Verraders. Set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands, 5-time Emmy nominated Alan Cumming (Cabaret, Doctor Who) plays host to Reality TV icons and America’s best game players competing in a game chock-full of alliances, deception and even “murder” for a chance to win up to $250,000.  

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The Traitors is a social experiment that’s already been a huge hit in its native Netherlands. The series is a nail-biting psychological adventure in which treachery and deceit are the name of the game. Twenty contestants come together to complete a series of challenges with the objective of earning a cash prize. The catch? A number of the contestants coined “The Traitors” will meet in secret to devise a plan to eliminate their fellow players coined “The Faithful”. “The Faithful” must figure out who is a Traitor and vote them out so they can take the prize money for themselves. If a Traitor makes it to the end, they are in with a chance of taking home the cash prize. The formula has been so successful that British and Australian versions of the program have been announced as well.

Stephen Lambert, Studio Lambert, CEO said: “In a game of secrecy, suspicion and plot twists, who better to take the helm and guide our game players through the drama and challenging missions than our very own Scot, Alan Cumming.” 

“We can’t think of a better person to serve as puppet master of this series than Alan Cumming”, said Jenny Groom, EVP Unscripted Content at Peacock. “His wit and eccentricity will add the perfect layer of comedy to this thrilling world of high stakes deception.”  

Peacock has ordered 10 episodes of the show which goes into production later this month. Contestant casting will be announced at a later date. 

Images via Studio Lambert and Peacock

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