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ABC digs more ‘Mole’

Second celeb version wraps in Yucatan

For Stephen Baldwin and Corbin Bernsen, ABC’s “Celebrity Mole” is the show so nice, they decided to do it twice.

Thesps are among the eight cast members set for the second celeb edition of the Stone Stanley Entertainment-produced reality hit, which has already quietly wrapped production in the Yucatan region of Mexico.

First celeb outing aired earlier this spring and scored higher ratings among adults 18-49 than any scripted programming on the net.

In addition to Baldwin and Bernsen, the other six members of the cast are former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman; kiddie star Keisha Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show”); model Angie Everhart; comic Mark Curry (“Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”); thesp Tracy Gold (“Growing Pains”); and former MTV veejay/talkshow host Ananda Lewis.

Ahmad Rashad returns as host, while “Mole” vet Clay Newbill returnsas exec producer-showrunner.

Rodman’s savvy

Stanley said Rodman is “about the most unpredictable celebrity we could have chosen” to be on the show, though Stone noted the ex-jock turned out to be well-versed in the vagaries of playing “The Mole.”

“That dumb act he does is really a good act,” Stone said. “He’s actually really smart and understands the game.”

First “Celebrity Mole” finished behind “The Bachelor” franchise as ABC’s top-rated young adult reality show — and the No. 4 young adult skein overall. It also gave ABC its best adults 18-34 numbers for the 10 p.m. Wednesday slot in six years.

Nonetheless, Alphabet has yet to figure out a return date for “Mole.”

“We’re the relief pitcher, and that’s fine by us,” he said.

In addition to “Celebrity Mole,” Stone Stanley is in production on “Fame” for NBC, “The Man Show” for Comedy Central and a second season of Spike TV’s “Oblivious.”

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