Kid Nation

US television network CBS is under fire for its latest reality TV show, Kid Nation:

The show places 40 children, aged 8 to 15, in a “ghost town” in New Mexico to see if they can build a working society without the help of adults.

Have these people learned nothing from Lord of the Flies? Though it would appear nobody’s dead; filming finished in May. As if the idea of televising child labour wasn’t controversial enough, producers have been taking flak since one child’s mother complained about her little one being injured as well as the working conditions.

From the CBS website:

Episodes end with a town meeting in which the kids award one child a gold star worth $20,000, all leading to the grand finale, an unimaginable task test, the biggest awards and a special surprise for every child.

There’s a small trailer for the show, featuring one girl announcing “I’m a beauty queen, I don’t do dishes”. Little brat.

The network is screening the first show for advertising executives to get their approval. According to IHT, plans are already in place for a second series. The article, linked to at the top of this post, points out that the network may not be able to locate the next series — if it goes ahead — in the US due to states’ opposition. Mexico is a contender, but “nothing is off the table”, according to one unnamed executive.

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