How does ‘House of Villains’ work?


“House of Villains,” also known as “Shadowplay,” has brought a fresh and intriguing dynamic to reality television. Ten well-known reality TV personalities have taken residence in the Villains’ Lair, all vying for a chance to win a substantial $200,000 cash prize.

But there’s more at stake than just money. Host Joel McHale revealed in the first episode that the contestant who outshines the rest will also be crowned “America’s Ultimate Supervillain,” a title that could certainly enhance their entertainment industry credentials.

The participants come from various reality shows, each having earned their notoriety through on-screen villainy, whether it be through specific incidents like Jonny Fairplay’s infamous dead grandma lie or their overall persona, as exemplified by figures like Omarosa from “The Apprentice.”


Here’s the roster for the first season:

– Tiffany “New York” Pollard from “Flavor of Love 1”
– Corinne Olympios from “The Bachelor 21”
– Omarosa from “The Apprentice 1”
– Tanisha Thomas from “Bad Girls Club 2”
– Anfisa Arkhipchenko from “90 Day Fiancé 4”
– Jonny Fairplay from “Survivor: Pearl Islands”
– Johnny Bananas from “The Challenge”
– Bobby Lytes from “Love & Hip Hop: Miami”
– Jax Taylor from “Vanderpump Rules”
– Shake Chatterjee from “Love Is Blind 2”


So, how does ‘House Of Villains’ game work?

The competition is structured like many reality shows. Contestants compete for power and safety to avoid elimination, with each round culminating in the elimination of one participant.

The first order of business is determining the “Supervillain of the Week.” The cast competes for this title, which not only grants safety from elimination for the round but also gives the winner the authority to nominate three other contestants for possible elimination. These three form the “Hit List.”

The winner of the “Supervillain of the Week” title is decided through a Battle Royale, a competition designed to award a single victor.

Upon winning, the “Supervillain of the Week” not only creates the Hit List but also gets to choose two other contestants to join them for a luxury reward. The trio then embarks on this reward after freshening up from the challenge.

Next, the Hit List is revealed. The remaining contestants assemble in The Stronghold, where they learn who is in danger of being eliminated. The “Supervillain of the Week” announces the three names.

Those on the Hit List then compete in a Redemption Challenge. The winner of this challenge removes their name from the list, leaving the other two vulnerable.

At the Banishment Ceremony, the “Supervillain of the Week” and the two nominees make their final pleas to the cast. Then, the voting commences. The “Supervillain of the Week” and the nominees cannot vote. Instead, the rest of the contestants take turns voting privately.

The contestant who receives the most votes is ejected from the game by the “Supervillain of the Week.”

This marks the end of the round, and the process restarts with a new Battle Royale to determine the next week’s ruler.

For those interested in watching “House of Villains,” it’s available on Hulu, Fubo TV, or NBC’s website, with new episodes releasing on E! every Thursday.