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CBS Facing Questions Over "Kid Nation"

KidNation.jpgAn idea that probably sounded good on paper is turning into CBS's newest headache. The upcoming reality series "Kid Nation," which follows 40 kids as they attempt to create their own society without the help of adults, has caught the eye of child advocacy groups.

Filmed in New Mexico earlier this year, the show set out to be a modern interpretation of "Lord of the Flies," with kids ranging in age from 8 to 15 left to fend for themselves. It was supposed to be an interesting experiment, but instead it has raised questions with parents and child labor officials over the possibility the show broke labor laws. A few parents say their children were harmed, some when they accidentally drank bleach and another when she suffered burns from a grease fire. Producers for the show deny the children were in any danger, saying they had an emergency team at the ready for the whole production.

The real issue though, according to The Los Angeles Times, is whether the children were technically working. The premise of the show involved children preparing food and completing difficult chores, but producers say that is not "work." New Mexico's Attorney General is reviewing whether work permits should have been required.

Regardless, the show will probably benefit from the media attention and score some decent ratings. "Kid Nation" premieres September 19, 2007 on CBS. -- Chris Sardelli

Photo: © CBS/Monty Brinton

Posted by Chris on September 13, 2007 2:30 PM
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