Kid Nation: this could be bigger than Survivor...


Perv-switch toggler
How can you not watch this?? But if it really did "go well", then I'm thinking they had ringer kids from good backgrounds. Can you imagine a young "Puck" running amok?

The Founding of ‘Kid Nation’
How CBS Navigated Legal, PR and Logistical Shoals to Produce Key Show

By James Hibberd

CBS encamped 40 kids in an abandoned New Mexico ghost town for more than a month. The kids performed on camera for more than 14 hours at a stretch, seven days a week, making their own meals.

They were filming during the school year, yet no studio teachers were present. They were working on a major television production, yet no parents were on the set.

The show is CBS’ upcoming reality series "Kid Nation." When rivals first got wind of the concept, they declared the production an impossible endeavor: From a legal, labor, public relations and logistical standpoint, this show should never have worked.

Yet CBS, long considered the most conservative of the broadcast networks, quietly and without mishap shot the first season of "Nation" before the media had even a whiff of what’s become one of the most talked-about series of the fall—and seemingly stayed within the lines of applicable labor laws in the process.

How’d they do it? By literally declaring the production a "summer camp" instead of a place of employment; by taking advantage of a loophole in New Mexico labor rules two months before the state legislature tightened the law, and using a ghost town that wasn’t exactly a ghost town.

this really long article continues at the link


Registered User
or highy shitty like Pirate Master. cause ya know people like the Pirates.
Anyone else watch this just waiting for the first two kids to go play monster rain behind the out house?
I thought this show was on in like May?
Is this a new season or did they start it and cancel and are restarting?
Or was I just watching previews for a show starting like 5 months in advance?

I remember seeing some little shit crying about how he'll just have to forge on or something.


Why do people keep calling me?
Like Survivor, only hotter.

This show is only real AS LONG AS.... the cameramen are also kids. Otherwise, there are adults there and everything is bullshit.

Make it retardnation. Same concept but everyone has down syndrome and a can of Play-Doh. Entertain me.


Supreme Champion!!!!!
If I was 15 I would wanna Fuck Sonya


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Anyone else watch this just waiting for the first two kids to go play monster rain behind the out house?

Like Survivor, only hotter. (true, depending on which one gets pregnant first!)
Make it retardnation. Same concept but everyone has down syndrome and a can of Play-Doh. Entertain me.
Retard Nation has my vote.


CBS Kid Nation promo

Contract parents signed

thanks to The Smoking Gun for that.

excerpt from that -
AUGUST 23--Parents of minors starring in "Kid Nation," the controversial new CBS reality show, signed away their rights to sue the network and the show's producers if their child died, was severely injured, or contracted a sexually transmitted disease during the program's taping. The blanket liability waivers are contained in a detailed "participant agreement" prepared by the show's producers and signed by parents.


Wiki - Kid Nation :

Kid Nation is a reality television show that began airing on the CBS network on September 19, 2007, filling the time slot of the serial drama Jericho. The show, featuring forty children aged 8 to 15, was shot at the Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, a privately owned town built on the ruins of Bonanza City, New Mexico, eight miles south of Santa Fe.[1] In the show, the children try to create a functioning society in the town, including setting up a government system, with minimal adult help and supervision.[2][3] The program was originally scheduled to air in the summer of 2007.

The show stresses the difficulty in creating a viable society. The official CBS promo depicts children arguing with one another, crying, and falling over with exhaustion.[4] At the end of each episode, an elected council of kids awards the "Gold Star," worth $20,000, to a fellow participant. Participants were paid $5,000 for their involvement in the show's taping.[5]

Full wiki under nsfw tags... totaly safe for work tho.
[edit] Episodes
Note: Significant plot details follow.
Episode Title Air Date Upper-Class Merchants Cooks Laborers Gold Star recipient Exits
I'm Trying to Be a Leader Here September 19, 2007 Red District Blue District Yellow District Green District Sophia Jimmy

Significant plot details end here.

[edit] Initial reception
Ahead of its premiere, the show proved to be the most controversial of the upcoming fall 2007 season, even though the only actual footage seen was a four-minute promo running on televison and the Web[6]. In previewing the series, CBS eschewed television critics, instead holding screenings at schools in at least seven large cities.[7] Variety columnist Brian Lowry wrote that "Kid Nation is only the latest program to use kids as fodder for fun and profit, which doesn't make the trend any less disturbing."[8] William Coleman, a professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, argued that the younger children, ages 8 to 12, might not be able to deal with the stress, yet could be enticed to participate by the potential fame or be pressured to do so by a parent.[9]

Speaking before an audience of television reviewers, producer Tom Forman acknowledged that Kid Nation would inevitably share some elements with William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, which depicted planewrecked children without adult supervision. But adults were present off-camera during the Kid Nation production, including cameramen, producers, a medic, and a child psychologist, although all interacted with the children as little as possible. Participants also missed a month of school, but Forman suggested that such real-world tasks as preparing a group breakfast, doing hard physical chores like fetching water, and making group decisions constituted an educational experience in its own right. All participants were cleared by a team of psychologists, any child could elect to go home, and some did.[3] Robert Butterworth, a child psychologist in Los Angeles, wondered if comparable professional care was given after the production had wrapped.[9]

Some injuries occurred on the set. Four children needed medical attention after drinking bleach that had been left in an unmarked soda bottle, a girl sprained her arm, becoming one of two children to visit a local emergency room, and an 11-year-old girl who was cooking burned her face with splattered grease.[10][11][1] That child's mother, Janis Miles, filed a complaint in June calling for an investigation into "abusive acts to minors and possible violations of child labor laws." The claim was investigated by Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, which found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the production company.[10] CBS said it stood by the procedures it had in place and its "response to all the minor injuries". The network rejected "irresponsible allegations or any attempts to misrepresent and exaggerate events or spread false claims about what happened."[12]

Los Angeles Times reporter Maria Elena Fernandez interviewed four of the children, who told her they "had to rough it without electricity or running water, sleep on bed rolls on the floor, cook their own meals, clean the town, run businesses, survive on three changes of clothes and set up their own hours and rules. Although three of them said they worked harder than they ever had in their lives, all four said the most challenging aspect was getting used to being filmed constantly." All four said they would happily do it again, although as Fernandez noted, "they haven't seen themselves on TV yet."[3]

The Kid Nation contract required parents to sign away a number of their children's rights. One notable thing was that consent was given to CBS and its production partners to make medical treatment decisions on the minor’s behalf .[13]

[edit] Broader legal implications
The Kid Nation production has raised questions about whether reality show participants are more like subjects in a documentary or working actors. The latter are covered by union rules that govern everything from working hours to compensation.[14] This debate over participant status could be seen in an American Federation of Television and Radio Artists investigation over whether its AFTRA National Code of Fair Practices for Network Television Broadcasting was violated. The investigation went forward even though on reality shows, the Network Code generally covers professional performers, but not the participants.[12]

Kid Nation production took place before New Mexico tightened its regulations governing the number and span of hours a child actor can work. The producers had declared the set a summer camp rather than a place of employment, but that loophole has since been closed.[1] State officials and the producers have since openly disagreed as to whether New Mexico's labor laws were followed, and whether inspectors were given proper access to the set.[10] Some parents on hand for the final day of filming accused the producers of feeding children lines, re-casting dialog and repeating scenes, all of which suggested that the children functioned as actors. Producer Tom Forman said that the parents were observing routine "pickups" for scenes that might have been missed because of technical difficulties.[15]

[edit] "Kid Nation 2"
For a potential sequel, "Kid Nation 2", candidates are required to submit a written application and a three-minute video. Semi-finalists would then travel at their own expense to one of 10 regional interviews, with finalists flown to Los Angeles for the final selection.[2] Forman has acknowledged that a legal venue for a second season may be difficult to find.[9]



CBS Kid Nation site
with video that auto starts, beware.

Kid Nation: Episode 101
Original Airdate: 09/20/2007
Forty kids arrive in Bonanza City and are struck by the lack of comforts in town. Friendships emerge, issues arise and the first Town Council convenes.


I have no interest in this show... it all has to be basically structured and set up for them. I want Lord of the flies uncensored.


Mrs. Fuckin Funny
i definatly think that there is going to be some fucking going on in this show. there are some 14 and 15 year olds....forget it.

i liked the show and am interested to see what happens


Hell is home.
i definatly think that there is going to be some fucking going on in this show. there are some 14 and 15 year olds....forget it.

i liked the show and am interested to see what happens
That's probably why the producers had the parents sign a contract that states they(the producers or anybody associated with the show) are not responsible if a kid gets pregnant or contracts a sexually transmited disease.


Listener since '98
Anyone have a pic of this Sonya? I looked at the list and there is nobody by that name, unless I missed it...


Listener since '98
Thats what I thought, so im wondering who he meant, if there is no sonya?


Best in the Biz
I DVRed it. Ill probably watch it back to back with Survivor tonight.


Best in the Biz
I just watched it and Im suprised that I liked it so much. I was actually rooting for Lil Jimmy to stick it out, but of course the little faggot quit instead.


Opie And Anthony Always Win In The End
which one is the goer?? I saw something on this today on a talk show. I guess one kid was crying and wanted to go home? it was loud at work, and I wasn't paying attention

I post like a retard and must re-read and etid every fucking time I did it again, I just fucking typed edit wrong,,,jeez