The Traitors US: release date, trailer, cast and everything we know about the reality series

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The Traitors US is a delightfully wicked reality and challenge show that takes its contestants on a wild rollercoaster ride of deceit and betrayal. 

Inspired by the Dutch show of the same name, and with a UK version becoming a huge hit for the BBC in December, the American version is set to be one of the most talked-about shows of the year when it debuts on January 12.

Hosted by Alan Cumming, it mixes 10 reality stars and celebrity contestants with 10 regular civilians. These 20 competitors all have to complete challenges to win $250,000. However, there's a twist. Not all of them are working together. 

Here's all the information that you need about The Traitors. We've also got a guide on how to watch The Traitors US here.

The Traitors release date

All 10 episodes of The Traitors US are releasing on Peacock on Thursday, January 12.

If you're planning to watch The Traitors in the US, you need a Peacock Premium subscription. Currently, there are a few deals for potential subscribers, which includes $4.99 a month for a premium subscription, and $9.99 a month for those who want premium plus.

In the UK, The Traitors US will be available to watch on iPlayer, with all ten episodes landing on the platform from January 13.

BBC One will also show the episodes in two-hour pairs every Wednesday from January 25, while BBC Three will air them on most weekday nights between January 24 and February 8.

The Traitors trailer

US fans now have their first glimpse at Traitors with the official trailer. The reality show has already proven to be a hit in the UK, this trailer teases why.

The Traitors cast

Scottish thespian Alan Cumming (Goldeneye, The Good Wife) is the host of The Traitors. He's joined by a cavalcade of reality stars and celebrity contestants. 

These include Arie Luyendyk Jr. (Bachelor/Bachelorette), Brandi Glanville (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Cirie Fields (Survivor), Cody Calafiore (Big Brother), Kate Chastain (Below Deck), Kyle Cooke (Summer House), Rachel Reilly (Big Brother), Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset), Ryan Lochte (Olympic Gold Medalist) and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (Survivor).

There are also 10 civilians. They are veteran and van life influencer Christian De La Torre from Los Angeles; DMV officer manager Michael Davidson from Oneida, Ky.; director of music services Andie Thurmond from Reno, Nev.; political analyst Quentin Jiles from Houston, Texas; public affairs manager Shelbe Rodriguez from Beaumont, Texas; actress Geraldine Moreno from North Hollywood, Calif.; tech sales executive Robert “Bam” Nieves from Rye, N.Y.; hair stylist Anjelica Conti from Staten Island, N.Y.; yoga instructor Azra Valani from Los Angeles; and emergency room nurse Amanda Clark from Carlisle, Pa.

The Traitors plot

These 20 individuals all gather together at a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands to take part in a number of challenges. However, three of the contestants are actually “the traitors.” They devise a plan to steal the money from the other participants, who are collectively known as “the faithful.”

Speaking to Deadline (opens in new tab), Corie Henson, the executive vice president of Entertainment Unscripted Content at NBCUniversal, said she can't wait for Peacock's viewers to "experience and play along in this epic game of manipulation and deceit, all while the iconic Alan Cumming pulls the strings of our incredible cast to create the ultimate 'whodunit.'"

The excitement and love for Cumming was echoed by Stephen Lambert, the CEO of Studio Lambert, the production company behind the show, who declared, "In a game of secrecy, suspicion and plot twists in a Scottish castle, who better to take the helm and guide our game players through the drama and challenging missions than Alan who originally comes from Scotland."

Gregory James Wakeman
Writer

Born and raised in England but now based in Philadelphia, Gregory Wakeman has written for the BBC, New York Times, The Guardian, GQ, and Yahoo Movies UK, all while defiantly trying to keep his accent.