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CBS Addresses ‘Kid Nation’ Story

July 18, 2007 11:01 AM

TelevisionWeek’s cover story “The Founding of Kid Nation” explored how CBS either smartly engineered a groundbreaking TV show that allowed 40 kids to escape the conformity of our consumer society and get a lesson in hard work and friendship that will last a lifetime, or found greedy parents willing to sacrifice their children for an exploitative and abusive new low in so-called reality programming.

You’ll find both opinions rephrased literally hundreds of different ways in the comments below the piece, including feedback purportedly from “‘Kid Nation’ parents.” (A surprising number of responders misconstrued the story’s description of CBS programming as “long considered the most conservative of the broadcast networks” as a shockingly naive liberal attack on conservative political values—the modest cost of Drudge Report flooding your site with readers.)

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler addressed the story on the TCA stage when a critic asked about “reports” that the network took advantage of a loophole in New Mexico labor laws and used the Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch film set (which includes a couple of original structures, but was mostly built in 1983 for “Silverado”) instead of a real ghost town to re-create “Bonanza City.”

“The show absolutely did not violate any laws in New Mexico,” she said. “[The kids] were not employees of CBS. [Bonanza] was originally a ghost town … but it had been used by a couple of movie crews after that, yes.”

Not that CBS minds the controversy. Tassler repeatedly noted the network is actively courting debate as part of its strategy to create more buzz-worthy programming.

“There are aspirational elements to the show, but in order for a reality show to really get out there and change the landscape of television, you have to stir public debate,” she said. “We knew we were going to create some controversy. … I don’t want it to have a negative connotation. … The whole objective was to get out there, do something different and try and reach out to have people talk about the show.”

More to come after the “Kid Nation” panel this afternoon.

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Comments (226)

Marti Snyder:

My question is with tv programing at an all time low, what can a reality show about a bunch of snotty nose kids offer the 18 to 30 year olds or a matter of fact offer anybody. Barnum and Baily said entertain the people and they will come, bore the people and they will leave in droves. It seems network tv wants to bore the people. Oh well I guess I will go rent a dvd when Kid nation is boring us to death.

Belinda:

I thought the preview for "Kid Nation" was refreshing. The kids were thoughtful, sincere and interesting. They were more honest than most adults I have seen in television in a long time.

I think it is going to do well and strike a cord with viewers who are tired of boring, backstabbing entertainment.

Stephen Rider Haggard:

Let's bear in mind that most folks posting comments are doing so without having seen "Kid Nation". We can pontificate all we like about its quality or lack thereof, its social significanace and its treatment of the kids who appeared in it. We just don't know yet.

But one thing I do know for sure: CBS are being absolutely ridiculous when they try to defend their exploitation of these children for financial gain. I have ten years experience of navigating child labor laws for BBC Childrens Programs, so I know a little of what I speak.

CBS justify their actions on two grounds: that they did not violate New Mexico law, which they apparently did not, and that the children were not employees and were merely attending a summer camp-type environment where cameras happened to be rolling almost non-stop. It is this so-called justification that is utterly spurious: If you offer kids the opportunity to play video games 24 hours a day, they'll jump at it, but that doesn't mean that it's good for them. If a video game developer set it up, then they are guilty of child exploitation, as are CBS and the production company in this case.

Ultimately, there was a third way, in between the letter of every other state's child labor law, and what CBS actually did. You could call it adhering to the spirit of the law. If we accept that it is OK to place the kids in this camp environment, free of adult supervision (which is admittedly a bit of a stretch), we must recognize that the presence of cameras is going to affect their behavior, and the recording of their behavior is therefore an endeavor entered into for financial gain.

What they should have done is only have the crew there, and the cameras rolling, for the amount of time allowed under generally accepted child labor law. Then it wouldn't be exploitative, but they'd still have roughly the same show.

Kaitlyn canterbury:

I would love to be on next season!!!

erica:

hi my name is erica and i was just wondering how u join. i think kid nation is good for kids because it teaches them to be responsible and its a way for kids to see how much things mean to them. please write back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LORI SPRADLING:

I WONT TO KNOW WERE TO SEND APPLCATION,TO KID NATION IN CA. I WONT TO SIGN UP,FOR NEXT YEAR. PLEASE EMAIL BACK,

Jennifer B.:

I would like to start off by saying that I like this show, and my reason for that is inspiration. I watched the premier and thought that it was wonderful!!! Here are these KIDS that are willing to spend their whole summer in a deserted place and work to get a whole town up and running. In my mind, I am thinking, "WOW, if 40 kids can work together to do something that not most adults would want to do, then ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE." I just wish that something like this would have came out when I was a child, I would have wanted to go in a heartbeat.

To all the people that don't like this idea, think that it is working kids to their core.. You are wrong. At anytime these kids can go home, and the ones that stay, are their because they want to be there. If it was so horrible for the children, don't you think that the show would be over in the first week because all of the children would leave.

I think this show is going to be a big hit, and I can't wait for the many many many more seasons to follow!!!

ROCK ON KID NATION, ROCK ON!!!!

-Jennifer B.

K Jackson:

I just wanted to say that I watched the premiere of Kid Nation and I thought the overall concept and experience were good, but CBS saying that the kids have no adult supervision is a bit of a stretch. All the camera crews that were around, along with the "host" (for lack of a better word) were adults. All the promos made it seem like there wasn't going to be any adult interaction so that it would be a true social experiment, but instead there is this host that shows from time to time and brings along challenges (a little "survivor-esque") and awards money and the gold star/$20,000 prize. I was very disappointed with this aspect of the show.

Devon:

I Would like to know where to sign up. I have not missed 1 episode. Please e-mail me with the mail-in address.

Mercedes Huerta:

HOW can u get your kid on the show!
email me back

Randy:

How can I get my kid on kid nation? Do you have to pay to get on the show?

Summer Sanders:

Hi I was wondering about getting on the show next year??? Could you send me an application or something? Thanx!
Summer

Keana King:

I enjoy the show,
i would like to participate next show
PLEASE SEND ME AN APPLICATION!

thank you

-Keana

haley:

How can I get my kid on Kid Nation

monti:

i want to join kid nation can you tell me how

monti:

i want to join kid nation can you tell me how

hally:

How do I sign up for kid nation.I am looking everywhere.Please tell me

hally:

can someone send me am aplication

stephan sample:

will you send me an application for Kid Nation I really want to be on next season

hannah:

ME HANNAH CRAFT WOULD LIKE TO BE ON YOUR SHOW. I THINK IT IS VERY COOL AND ALSO SOMETHING NEW. I WANT TO BE ON THE SHOW BECAUSE,I CAME FROM A PLACE WERE THEY SAID KIDS COULD NOT DO ANYTHING. I WOULD LIKE TO PROVE THEM WRONG.I HAVE YOUNG SIBLINGS AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THEM KIDS CAN DO ANYTHINS THAT GROWN UPS CAN DO. THANK YOU, VERY MUCH.HANNAH CRAFT

hannah:

ME HANNAH CRAFT WOULD LIKE TO BE ON YOUR SHOW. I THINK IT IS VERY COOL AND ALSO SOMETHING NEW. I WANT TO BE ON THE SHOW BECAUSE,I CAME FROM A PLACE WERE THEY SAID KIDS COULD NOT DO ANYTHING. I WOULD LIKE TO PROVE THEM WRONG.I HAVE YOUNG SIBLINGS AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THEM KIDS CAN DO ANYTHINS THAT GROWN UPS CAN DO. THANK YOU, VERY MUCH.HANNAH CRAFT

Judith Gourvil:

I think this show is great!!! Sure a bunch of it is staged but for the most part these kids are doing a bang-up job of showing how strong they are both emotionally and morally. Having worked in an educational environment (middle school level) I think many parents would be shocked to know how their children behave when not at home. For the most part the parents of these kids should be giving themsevles kudos for a job well done. Of course, there is always the exception to the rule such as Taylor. I believe I would find it difficult to justify her behaving like such a spoiled, self-centered, lazy girl. But perhaps the upside is that they can see this negative behavior and act accordingly to steer her in the right direction before it is completely too late.

Bria:

HI I am Bria O'Brien and i would love to join kidnation i really want to do it lokks like a great and fun experience i wouldnt wont anthing more then to join this awsome show
PLEASE SEND ME AN APPLICATION!

Bria:

HI I am Bria O'Brien and i would love to join kidnation i really want to do it lokks like a great and fun experience i wouldnt wont anthing more then to join this awsome show
PLEASE SEND ME AN APPLICATION!

Bria:

HI I am Bria O'Brien and i would love to join kidnation i really want to do it lokks like a great and fun experience i wouldnt wont anthing more then to join this awsome show
PLEASE SEND ME AN APPLICATION!

Bria:

HI I am Bria O'Brien and i would love to join kidnation i really want to do it looks like a great and fun experience i wouldnt wont anthing more then to join this awsome show
PLEASE SEND ME AN APPLICATION!

miah mcbroom:

I would love to be on kid nation becuse no one thinks that i can do it becuse i am vary clumsy and blound they say my mom and dad always say i will not last there but i rilly need to show them i can and i whis you will wright back plezz.

miah mcbroom:

I would love to be on kid nation becuse no one thinks that i can do it becuse i am vary clumsy and blound they say my mom and dad always say i will not last there but i rilly need to show them i can and i whis you will wright back plezz. can i get a aplication.

Jean Cain:

I have neighbors kids who would like to be on the show. please email me ASAP! I'm 61 yrs old and I LOVE the show.

AUTUMN TAYLOR:

I WOULD LOVE TO BE ON THAT SHOW PLEASE SEND A SIGN UP PAPER I LOVE THAT SHOW SO MUCH I WOULD LOVE TO BE ON NEXY YEAR TO WIN THE GOLD STAR.

Matthew Vergara:

How do I sign up for next season of Kid Nation. I'm really very interested. Please email me back.

Dylan:

hey i LOVE the show and wanted to know where i can sign up my son. email me. if there is a fee i can pay just i want to know how to get my son on.

Morgan:

Dose it pay to be on the show? I relly want to go to bonaza!PLEASE E-MAIL BACK!

Lexi:

Hi im lexi!I am 11 years old! I LOVE Kid Nation!!!!!!!!!! Me and my brother would like to come on the show because 1-we really need the money! I have 5 brothers and sisters! My brother is 9. So will you plaese tell me where i can send an application so i can go on the show! It would really mean ALOT!!! Thankyou!

Kaitlynn:

Your show is so cool i watch it every wensday!! im a country girl so i think i would b good for the show! so plzzzzzzz send me an applacation ty bye

Chelsea:

Ive watched the show from day one and i was wondering how I would be able to be on next years show.If there is an application,website,or something could someone email me?

Chelsea:

Ive watched the show from day one and i was wondering how I would be able to be on next years show.If there is an application,website,or something could someone email me?

Heather:

Hey everybody,
i think that everybody kid like me and every kid should prove to the world that we arnt just some kind of animal that goes crazy, we see what you do and follow what you do sometime when we dont even realize it, how i kknow cause i would do something and my mom would say youre just like youre dad or just like youre grandmother and so on. i think that you guys should have a website just for signing up for Kid Nation. oh yeah pleaze send me an application so me and my friends can prove to the people who watch this show how we can make a big difference in this world no matter who we are what we do and why.

Heather:

Hey everybody,
i think that everybody kid like me and every kid should prove to the world that we arnt just some kind of animal that goes crazy, we see what you do and follow what you do sometime when we dont even realize it, how i kknow cause i would do something and my mom would say youre just like youre dad or just like youre grandmother and so on. i think that you guys should have a website just for signing up for Kid Nation. oh yeah pleaze send me an application so me and my friends can prove to the people who watch this show how we can make a big difference in this world no matter who we are what we do and why.

Gina:

I think Kid Nation is a fabulous show. What Marti Snyder said in the first comment above about what this show can offer 18-30 year olds obvious means that they haven't seen the show. I'm 23-- right in the middle and love Kid Nation. So many of the kids are very unique, interesting, caring, ethical, humble, with the most mature and honest things to say about work, religion, money, and all of the other topics that are brought up in each episode.

When watching the show, you can see that the kids love being there. When there are kids that are homesick, there are others that are there for them and try to comfort them. It's really sweet. If they really want to go home, they go home. Not sure if the same effect can be duplicated, but it was a great idea put into action.

NAtasha:

Hi My name is Natasha. I really want to be on kid Nation So how can i be? Please Tell me.

Wesley:

I love the show, it is kicking country!!!!! , I want to be on Kids Nation so bad, I notice they only show some of the kids not all of them Why??? also how can I sign up to be on Kids Nation - this WEST TEXAS COWBOY wants to give it a try & see if it is as all some as it looks. PLEASE snd me an application

Jelissa:

OMG! I think that Kid Nation is amazing! It was so real. How did the kids get on the show? I would LOVE to join the other kids for the next season. If you can send me anything about getting on next year's show that would be GREAT!!!
Thank You so much!

Lauren:

I WOULD LOVE TO BE ON KID NATION

Lauren:

I WOULD LOVE TO BE ON KID NATION

Lauren:

i WUIud LOUE to be on kid nation

Lauren:

i WUIud LOUE to be on kid nation

Lauren:

i WUIud LOUE to be on kid nation

lee :

i want to do kid nation because i always want to bnasa because i would like to make new friends and i will try my best for a gold star well see ya

lee :

i want to do kid nation because i always want to bnasa because i would like to make new friends and i will try my best for a gold star well see ya

lee :

how do i join kid nation plz how do i join

lee :

how do i join kid nation plz how do i join

Gina:

Hello... My 10 year old son and I have watched Kid Nation since day one. At first we did't know what to expect. We love it! My son loves how they have to work together to make things work right!! He has been begging us to find out how he can be on the next Kid Nation? Please can you email us some information?

hi my name is leigh pronounced (lee) i saw the first episode and i decided it would be great to get on the show. but i dont really know if they choose real kids or not, but it looked very educational and exciting even before the gold star. it took so long to build up the courage to ask someone HOW to get on the show. then of course it took a long time to find this sight. i'm sorry i couldn't email you, and not take up this much space on your webpage but i didn't know how. anyway i was wondering if you could get me an aplication or directions or something to help me. oh i'm 13. 14 soon.

erica:

I love kid nation. I want to be on the show so bad. please e-mail me back and tell me how i can be on next year.

erica:

I love kid nation. I want to be on the show so bad. please e-mail me back and tell me how i can be on next year.

erica b.:

I would love to be on kid nation next year. Please send me an application!

Ronald:

What Do I need to do to sign up for kid nation

Amanda:

Hey my name is amanda and I would do anything to e on seanson 3 of kid nation and wanted to be on seanson two but I didn't get a passport in time but I have the forms filed out if the qustion are for season 3 so Cbs if you read these send me an e-mail I will do anything to be on season 3 my e-mail is alc4620 @aol.com

rachel :

i want to be on kid nation send me an application as soon as possible. i think i would be great for theat shw. Ilove love love love love it!!!!!!

rachel:

send me on the show. i'm from New Ulm MN, and i think I'd be great on it. I would love to be on it.

Katie Patterson:

I would loveeeee to be on Kid Nation. I would also like to be with my friend Kaiti Barta who E-mailed you too. I dont want to brag but I am really good at solving problems. But I just really want to be on Kid Nation. I know you have to pick through a 1000 kids but I just want to be picked!! Where do you sign up and that type of things? Please E-mail me back!! PLEASEPLEASE!!!

Signed,
Katie Patterson

Katie Patterson:

I would loveeeee to be on Kid Nation. I would also like to be with my friend Kaiti Barta who E-mailed you too. I dont want to brag but I am really good at solving problems. But I just really want to be on Kid Nation. I know you have to pick through a 1000 kids but I just want to be picked!! Where do you sign up and that type of things? Please E-mail me back!! PLEASEPLEASE!!!

Signed,
Katie Patterson

Kaiti Barta:

I love kid nation!! I would love to be on it! I would love to be with my friend Katie Patterson she E-mailed you too. Please tell me how to sign up and that stuff.I dont want to brag but I good at being with kids older and younger than me. I just really want to be on Kid Nation and with Katie Patterson.

Signed,

Kaiti Barta

Kaiti Barta:

I love kid nation!! I would love to be on it! I would love to be with my friend Katie Patterson she E-mailed you too. Please tell me how to sign up and that stuff.I dont want to brag but I good at being with kids older and younger than me. I just really want to be on Kid Nation and with Katie Patterson.

Signed,

Kaiti Barta

Michaela Hannon:

:} i love to try new things im really out going im a real outdoorsy kind of gir i want to be on kid nation i work well as a follower and as a leader but i cant find applications to get on kid nation im michaela hannon im 11 years old and i want to be on on the next season of kid nation

ps can you send me an application to get on kid nation?

Michaela Hannon:

:} i love to try new things im really out going im a real outdoorsy kind of gir i want to be on kid nation i work well as a follower and as a leader but i cant find applications to get on kid nation im michaela hannon im 11 years old and i want to be on on the next season of kid nation

ps can you send me an application to get on kid nation?

Michaela Hannon:

its me again well i also want to join to prove my teacher wrong she said i could never get on a tv show my town of boston there isnt a lot of kids around me si=o i want to meet new people and have a s summer to remember if i dont get picked i might even be sad :{

Michaela Hannon:

its me again well i also want to join to prove my teacher wrong she said i could never get on a tv show my town of boston there isnt a lot of kids around me si=o i want to meet new people and have a s summer to remember if i dont get picked i might even be sad :{

Michaela Hannon:

its me again well i also want to join to prove my teacher wrong she said i could never get on a tv show my town of boston there isnt a lot of kids around me si=o i want to meet new people and have a s summer to remember if i dont get picked i might even be sad :{

Michaela Hannon:

please email the application at xomichaelaxo333@aim.com

Michaela Hannon:

please email the application at xomichaelaxo333@aim.com

Dylan Boggs:

Hi, I'm 15 years old and i was wondering if I could possibly join the next series of kid nation. I turn 16 July of next year so if it not a possibility to join i would understand. peace

reese roessler:

I would LOVE to be on kid nation. Can you please send me an application to my email address: rrr.roessler@yahoo.com
If they're not giving out applications now, can you send me one whenever they start sending them out again? Thanks.

reese roessler:

I would LOVE to be on kid nation. Can you please send me an application to my email address: rrr.roessler@yahoo.com
If they're not giving out applications now, can you send me one whenever they start sending them out again? Thanks.

Amy Deal:

Please send me info so my kids can apply for Kid Nation 2.
Thank you

Amy Deal:

Please send me info so my kids can apply for Kid Nation 2.
Thank you

sarah rodriguez:

hi my name sarah i'm 14 turning 15 and i also want to join. kid nation is something that will show kids what it's like to live in the real world. and i want something to remember my teenage years by. SO PLEASE WRITE BACK!

ass:

put me on the fucking show because im black
with a big cock colton sucks dick
oh get some girls on the show with big asses and tits

ass:

put me on the fucking show because im black
with a big cock colton sucks dick
oh get some girls on the show with big asses and tits

i really want to go on kid nation please tell me how to apply:

i really would enjoy going on kid nation may you please send me the information so i could get on kid nation i watch kid nation all the time i really really want to go on so please please please please send me the application form

thank you

i really want to go on kid nation please tell me how to apply:

i really would enjoy going on kid nation may you please send me the information so i could get on kid nation i watch kid nation all the time i really really want to go on so please please please please send me the application form

thank you

i really want to go on kid nation please tell me how to apply:

i really would enjoy going on kid nation may you please send me the information so i could get on kid nation i watch kid nation all the time i really really want to go on so please please please please send me the application form

thank you

*under orders of my parents my name isnt allowed on enternet lol*:

i think it would be so fun! i went to my maw maws house for thanks giving to help her cook and i just fell in luv with the show! I think it is a great way to learn leadership but i can't find out how in the world i am supposed to apply for this thing!Well send me an e-mail. thanks

*under orders of my parents my name isnt allowed on enternet lol*:

i think it would be so fun! i went to my maw maws house for thanks giving to help her cook and i just fell in luv with the show! I think it is a great way to learn leadership but i can't find out how in the world i am supposed to apply for this thing!Well send me an e-mail. thanks

*under orders of my parents my name isnt allowed on enternet lol*:

i think it would be so fun! i went to my maw maws house for thanks giving to help her cook and i just fell in luv with the show! I think it is a great way to learn leadership but i can't find out how in the world i am supposed to apply for this thing!Well send me an e-mail. thanks

*under orders of my parents my name isnt allowed on enternet lol*:

i think it would be so fun! i went to my maw maws house for thanks giving to help her cook and i just fell in luv with the show! I think it is a great way to learn leadership but i can't find out how in the world i am supposed to apply for this thing!Well send me an e-mail. thanks

*under orders of my parents my name isnt allowed on enternet lol*:

i think it would be so fun! i went to my maw maws house for thanks giving to help her cook and i just fell in luv with the show! I think it is a great way to learn leadership but i can't find out how in the world i am supposed to apply for this thing!Well send me an e-mail. thanks

*under orders of my parents my name isnt allowed on enternet lol*:

i think it would be so fun! i went to my maw maws house for thanks giving to help her cook and i just fell in luv with the show! I think it is a great way to learn leadership but i can't find out how in the world i am supposed to apply for this thing!Well send me an e-mail. thanks

Kid Nation Casting:

Sorry guys. Season two, if CBS wants a season two, has already been cast. There were casting calls in many cities earlier this year.

Elizabeth:

Please send information and an application for Kid Nation. My Daughter really wants to be on the show, Thank you.

jonny:

hey wats up i am jonny i would love to be on this show i live in a place were kids cant do anything and i want to have some fun please send me an application i really want to be on this i work really hard and i am strong i am 12

jonny:

hey wats up i am jonny i would love to be on this show i live in a place were kids cant do anything and i want to have some fun please send me an application i really want to be on this i work really hard and i am strong i am 12

jonny:

hey wats up i am jonny i would love to be on this show i live in a place were kids cant do anything and i want to have some fun please send me an application i really want to be on this i work really hard and i am strong i am 12

jonny:

hey wats up i am jonny i would love to be on this show i live in a place were kids cant do anything and i want to have some fun please send me an application i really want to be on this i work really hard and i am strong i am 12

Austin:

Please Put me on the show. I want to prove that kids can actually do more than chores. No one believes that kids can do more. They think we just sit around all day and play video games.That's wrong I want to ride my bike and play the drums but I can't ride my bike beacause its cold here in Virginia and I can't play the drums because my dad won't let me. I Watch the show and it's awesome! I'll try to get more veiwers to support the show more than they already are. And I would make a difference in the show by actually trying to bring peace to the show. But please try to get me on the show.

Olivia:

please, i woud love to be on kid nation next season. how can i get on?

Olivia:

hi, olivia again, and i just want to say that i have watched this show from the very beginning and i would apriciate it soooooooo much if you could tell me how to get on this show. i am 11 years old and i think i would love the experience!!

I'd love to know why people think that TVWeek is somehow the place to sign up for the next Kid Nation. It's not.

Jaime Sichmeller:

ok Me and my sisters Mecarte, Kelli,And Bretni Are hard workers and we think we could pull this off we live in south Dakota. Were you mostly work. we are hopeing to gtet an e-mail back from you Please consider us going on there in seson three Please it would meen so much if we even got an e-mail from you guys we really think we can pull this off so please consider. are moto is always be up for a challenge and we want to prove we can do this so please, please, please, please... consider us in the season three episodes.

Sincerly hard workers,
Mecarte',Kelli,Jaime,and Bretni

NaTaLiE SaNtAnGeLo:

hi it's natalie... and i really want to get on KN3 will u PLEASE!! send me an applacation.. i want to go on this show cause i think it will be a GREAT experience!! please send me a applacation @ natalietheducklover1@yahoo.com
shpank u very much

NaTaLiE SaNtAnGeLo:

hi it's natalie... and i really want to get on KN3 will u PLEASE!! send me an applacation.. i want to go on this show cause i think it will be a GREAT experience!! please send me a applacation @ natalietheducklover1@yahoo.com
shpank u very much

Elizabeth:

I want to know how to join the show. Please e-mail back.

Gunther:

I think kid nation is a great show and that it is fun and educational way to learn. All of my friends that seen kid nation want to join and love it. I also want to join so on the show i would recomend how to join kid nation. Peace.

Gunther:

I think kid nation is a great show and that it is fun and educational way to learn. All of my friends that seen kid nation want to join and love it. I also want to join so on the show i would recomend how to join kid nation. Peace.

Jordan:

I for one love the show kidnation. I am hoping to be on it. The show is a great idea and again i love it.

NATALIE LORENZO:

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NATALIE LORENZO:

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Sophia:

Kid Nation is one of the coolest ways to see what a world without adults would be like. I hope to one day be on this totally awesome show.

monee hill:

How do you sign up for kd nation? send me an application pleas

Evan:

Please send me an application. m 12 years old and i would like to join.

Evan:

Please send me an application. im 12 years old and i would like to join.

Evan:

Hi, my name is Evan and I would REALLY like to join. I live on a farm and I could definatly pull it off. I'm 12 years old and I'm in eighth grade. I can ride a unicycle and I am used to working. Please consider letting me join.

PAT:

hi, im pat i LOVE this show and i'v been look EVERY where from the forms to sing up sence the frist KN and i can not find them. im telling you i could surly help run this town no problem. If i was on this show i can tell u now there would be NO dirty dishes on the ground. i'm a very hard worke and im extremely active.Please consider letting me join.
P.S please write me back and show me how to get the forms!

Thank you

PAT Litto:

hi, im pat i LOVE this show and i'v been look EVERY where for the forms to sing up sence the frist KN and i can not find them any where. im telling you i could surly help run this town hands down. If i was on this show i can tell you now there would be NO dirty dishes on the ground. i'm a very hard worke and im extremely active.Please consider letting me join.
P.S please write me back and show me how to get the forms!

Thank you

PAT Litto:

hi, im pat i LOVE this show and i'v been look EVERY where for the forms to sing up sence the frist KN and i can not find them any where. im telling you i could surly help run this town hands down. If i was on this show i can tell you now there would be NO dirty dishes on the ground. i'm a very hard worke and im extremely active.Please consider letting me join.
P.S please write me back and show me how to get the forms!

Thank you

Randy:

My name is randy and i would realy like to be on a t.v. show like that and it would so be something new. I love the show i have not missed an episode and i realy need to get out of the house and it would so be something new for me to do. So plese send me some kind of notice of what to do so that I can sign up to be on, it is my dream to be on a t.v. show!

Randy:

My name is randy and i would realy like to be on a t.v. show like that and it would so be something new. I love the show i have not missed an episode and i realy need to get out of the house and it would so be something new for me to do. So plese send me some kind of notice of what to do so that I can sign up to be on, it is my dream to be on a t.v. show!

Chelsea B:

Heller im chelsea im 14 im white/black n i live in FLORIDA BABY!. But anyways i would love to be on this show It would be somthing new for me. I would like to prove to everyone like my mom and sisters that i could do somthing without them.Im a city girl so im not used to the country but i love an adventure and im very competetive. I like to work hard but Im also lazy. I love to have fun and party and I always try to stay in a good mood and I am sort of random. I think i would be great for this show because they need someone crazy as i am and it would be funny down here in 954 becuase i know so much people and they dont think of me as a hard worker just a funny outgoing person.BUT FOREAL I WANT TO BE ON THIS SHOW YOU WONT REGRET IT I PROMISE SO SEND ME SOMTHING MAKE ME HAPPY

lindsay:

i relly want to get me kid on kid nation she is 10 and a hard worker please let her on the show.

lindsay:

hi im lindsay please send me an applacation im 10 yrs i love kn please let me on im a hard worker.

lindsay:

hi im lindsay please send me an applacation im 10 yrs i love kn please let me on im a hard worker.

austin.b:

hi i want to sign up for kid nasion.i just want to make the wrold a better place.i work hard and im lasy but im pobly gona workhard if i was in this show.so just send me a email and give me the anser.p.s.I live in maumee ohio shelly 1206.

Lisa:

Hi my son Deion would love to be on your show next season. Can you tell us how he can apply.

Thanks.

Danielle and Hannah:

Okay, we pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe Kid Nation, We got onto CBS.com looking for a sign up sheet for next season, and found none. Is there going to be another season of Kid Nation? or was there too much dabate about it's ethics? Could you send us an application, please?

Danielle and Hannah:

Okay, we pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe Kid Nation, We got onto CBS.com looking for a sign up sheet for next season, and found none. Is there going to be another season of Kid Nation? or was there too much dabate about it's ethics? Could you send us an application, please?

Regan:

Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ummm I would really like to be on Kid Nation because everyone thinks that I can't accomplish anything and that I'm just some stuck up snooty city girl. (that saying is from a kid in my class.) I love this show and it would really change my life around. I could prove to everyone that I can do something if I really belive in it!!!!!!!! I'm 11 years old and I belive anyone can do anything if you just try!!!!!! (If i get on the show i'll be 12 when we start filming.) Now I probably won't be on this show because I never win anything or get what I belive in BUT can you please take me into consideration? Thank you for taking time out of your day to read these lies that people type. (I'm telling the truth so just so you know.) So thank you for being great people and making a show that allows US to be reconized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D Passerini:

Please advise when the next application deadline for the next kid nation. (I believe will be season 3) thank you

Cassie K.:

OMG you so have to give a application, i would work sooooo hard, i would be an awesome leader!please send me a application! thank you!! I LOVE KID NATION!!!

Tj Isenberg:

Please let me know how to apply to appear on kid nation. Kid nation is awsome!!

Tj Isenberg:

Please let me know how to apply to appear on kid nation. Kid nation is awsome!!

Sam:

Hi my name is sam. Everyone thinks that i can not do anything. they think i a lazy and dumb ut if you send me an application i know that i can make a diffrence

Sam:

Hi my name is sam. Everyone thinks that i can not do anything. they think i a lazy and dumb ut if you send me an application i know that i can make a diffrence

Sam:

Hi my name is sam. Everyone thinks that i can not do anything. they think i a lazy and dumb ut if you send me an application i know that i can make a diffrence

Sam:

Hi my name is sam. Everyone thinks that i can not do anything. they think i a lazy and dumb ut if you send me an application i know that i can make a diffrence

Sam:

Hi my name is sam. Everyone thinks that i can not do anything. they think i a lazy and dumb ut if you send me an application i know that i can make a diffrence

chibidude:

please send me on the show people think i am really dumb and thankyou for takng the timeto read this i know i wont get on but please help me get on

Coln McInnis:

Please put me on kid nation.I watch the show all the time.I have many different qualities,i'm sort of unpredictable.I'd be a hit on air!

Coln McInnis:

Please put me on kid nation.I watch the show all the time.I have many different qualities,i'm sort of unpredictable.I'd be a hit on air!

Coln McInnis:

Please put me on kid nation.I watch the show all the time.I have many different qualities,i'm sort of unpredictable.I'd be a hit on air!

alyssa:

i really want to sign up for kid nation 3 because the 2nd deadline was on october 9th. which really sucks!!!! so if anyone knows when the 3rd application comes out PLEASE TELL ME

Breanna Christenson:

Hey i am not going to be a post and send 40 different messages because it isnt somthing to need to be done all i want to say is i would like to be on the next show and i would like to know how or if i could get an application

I would be a really good for it because i dont really like to fight with people its a wast of time to me and i know how to cook clean and i think i am good at leading people because i like to make sure people are on task and they can still have fun wile doing it . I am 13 and i am really good at taking care of people because i can take care of a 5 year old diabetic and know what to give him and it is a really bug responsibility


that is all i needed to say and please send me an aplication i realy deserve it

thanks so much Breanna

Miranda Christensom:

I am 9 years old and I thought it whoud be fun to go on the show please let me go to kid nation

maranda & molly ( my sister):

i would like to be on kid nation with my sister. how do do my sister and i sign up to be on this show!! to be on this show would mean the world to us and we would like you help us find the aldut part in us on being on this show! please e mail me back with the sign up sheet or whatever we need to do to be on this show.

thanks so much,
maranda and molly

maranda & molly ( my sister):

i would like to be on kid nation with my sister. how do do my sister and i sign up to be on this show!! to be on this show would mean the world to us and we would like you help us find the aldut part in us on being on this show! please e mail me back with the sign up sheet or whatever we need to do to be on this show.

thanks so much,
maranda and molly

maranda & molly ( my sister):

i would like to be on kid nation with my sister. how do do my sister and i sign up to be on this show!! to be on this show would mean the world to us and we would like you help us find the aldut part in us on being on this show! please e mail me back with the sign up sheet or whatever we need to do to be on this show.

thanks so much,
maranda and molly

p.s maranda is 12 years old
and molly is 9 years old

Natacha:

Hi my name is Natacha. I live in New York and i was wondering how you can sign up to be on the show Kid Nation. I am smart and strong willed. I was also wondering what the age limit is for kid nation?

Thank you so much for you time.
I hop to hear from you as soon as possible.

Brooklyn:

I love kid nation and would love to be on the show.I know I will be a good leader.I am a people person and like to take charge.I can be bossy and goof off at times but in the end I think I am just right for kid nation.Please send me an application.

Hi im Austin From Iowa Im 12 years old and im Wondering how to sign up for Kid Nation Im looking how to sign up because i can take responsibility of my actions and im a fair play by the rules kid. I would love to be on Kid Nation and if i win any money It will not be for me It would be for my Family im not going to take all the money. Bonanza City is the place i should be . Im Kid Nation Material.

catarina coook:

can i pppppppppppplllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssssssssssseeeeee sing up for kid nation

p.s. and my sis i'm 12 years young and my sis sarah is 14 years young

adrian :

tell me how would my son be able to join kid nation

Elizabeth Zeck:

Please tell me how to sign up for Kid Nation because I really, really, really want to go on Kid Nation. It looks really fun and it will help me improve my work ability. It also looks fun to make friends. I am 9 years old.

Elizabeth Zeck:

Please tell me how to sign up for Kid Nation because I really, really, really want to go on Kid Nation. It looks really fun and it will help me improve my work ability. It also looks fun to make friends. I am 9 years old.

Devin:

hey my name is devin my mom is adrian the one who wrote before i was wondering how i could join kid nation im 14. kid nation just looks so fun and could really help me in my life if i can co so if anyone can tell me how i can go i'll really appreciate it. thank you

tara :

please put me on kid nation and please give me a sign up paper please

angelic:

if there is a 2008 kid nation i would love to be on kid nation a learning experians an adviter please i can steris it mor i would love to be on kid nation

lillian mccrohan:

hi my name is lillian and I AM 11 YEARS OLD and i am in the fith grade i would raelly like to be on kid nation. i have watched every show on there and i love it.i know that if i was on there i would make a lot of friends. i am a blondie but i am the smartest kid in school. i make a's and b"s. i know i might not be on kid nation but i have hope that maybe i could be on there. i would have the time of my life there.

lillian mccrohan:

hi my name is lillian and I AM 11 YEARS OLD and i am in the fith grade i would raelly like to be on kid nation. i have watched every show on there and i love it.i know that if i was on there i would make a lot of friends. i am a blondie but i am the smartest kid in school. i make a's and b"s. i know i might not be on kid nation but i have hope that maybe i could be on there. i would have the time of my life there.

Bryce:

I have seen the show and have had NOTHING to do the past month or two and was hoping if you could send a form so i could singn up it wopuld be fun meeting new people and faceing new challenges.Please :)

Bryce :

I wanted to write agin just to say could you please put me on the show. It would be the best thing to do in my life EVER.

laura:

I really want to be on kid nation.my name is laura and I am 13 years old.please send me an application!!!!!

Bryce :

I forgot to say that i am 11 years old and that is all. Hope you put me on.

laura:

its me again,can you send me an application for season 3 thank you!!!!!!!!!

travis perkins:

My name is Travis W Perkins, I'M 14 years old turning 15 in march. this is one of the best show I have ever seen in my life. I live in Arizona, US. I would appreciate it more than anything in the world if you would please send me an email of the info so i could be on your wonderful show.


you are so bright to the of putting 40 kid in one ghost town.

your best fan,
Travis W Perkins.

Michael :

I would very much appreciate it if some one told me where i could possibly sign up for Kid Nation. I am a very independant person who does not like working in groups but will if required. I would like to test my group working ability and communication ability by being on KidNation. i am 14 years old and i think i would bring alot . thanks

Zach :

i would love to be on kid nation 2. i think i help build a better world

Zach :

i want to sign up please send me an aplication

Zach :

i forgot to say im 13 turning 14 in january i live in CA.

Zach :

will you please send me an application for the next season. it would change my life and be a good experience

nick:

I always wanted to be on a show. I wanted to find out how to get on kids nation. I know that I am a good leader. Please contact me tanks.

nick:

If I get on kids nation, its not for money it would be for the experience. I live in NH and it would be cool to make new friends. I just turned 15 about three weeks ago.

Alex:

We loved Kid Nation! I want to be in the next one or the next one. Please send info on how to join
Thanks

Alex:

We loved Kid Nation! I want to be in the next one or the next one. Please send info on how to join
Thanks

claudette:

i come from canada, is it possible to join kid nation

claudette:

i come from canada, is it possible to join kid nation

Jack:

Man i watched the whole Kid Nation shows...it's awsome! I really want to know how to sing up! i think it would a life changing thing to do! PLEASE let me join next season!

BIBOPNHFKFOD:

HEY HI CAN YOU EMAIL ME AN APLYCATION FOR KID NATION BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO LEARN THE EXPERENCE PLZZZ.. I KNOW YOU HAVE ALL OF SEASON 2 BUT I WANT TO BE ON 3 SO I WANT TO BE ON IT PLZ I WILL DO ANYTHING(NOT EVERY THING BUT ALOT)

Haley Guaderrama:

Hi Im Haley and I would love to be sent to kid nation. i want to show my parents that i can be somebody and i want to show my sister shes not the only perfect child. it will be a chance of a lifetime. id give anything to be there!!!!! and for once in my life i dont want to be the outcast i want to fit in and do something that will change the world and my life forever!!!

PLEASE SEND ME AN APPLICATION IT WOULD BE A DREAM OF A LIFETIME TO GO!!!!!
THANKS!!!

Hannah:

Hannah:
hi my name is Hannah and i am 14 I would love to be on next seasons show i think it is a great show please send me some info on ho to join also if you could please email me an application

Ant:

TO: Kid Nation Casting Staff:

I saw that the Kid Nation Casting staff has already selected for the 2nd season, which is awesome, but WHERE will you be holding future casting calls or applications? I would love to be on the show. Its great!

angel:

hi im angel and i was wondering when the people that asign the cast will be looking for maybe the third season cast. im only 14 and will be only 15 when the third season comes around. i really want to be on the show because i know i can do what those kids on the first season did.so if u can maybe e-mail me my answer or maybe give me an e-mail of someone from CBS that would be great. please dont forget!!!

Ashley:

I love Kid Nation. It teaches kids responsiblity and leadership. People are over-looking the concept of the show and do to the fact that everyone is writting about how its bad and there was no adult supervision. Not to mention that you have camara people taping the kids, the host who shows up every one and a while to move the show along. I also read in one article that they had ambulances there just in case something happened. Yaaaa every once in a while you have a chance of burning yourself on the stove or tripping but other than that nothing likely will happen. Im so sick hearing bad reveiws of Kid Nation.If you dont want your kid to be so far away than dont send them off to go on the show. Dont go complaining about other kids whose arent yours. Some parents would like to send their child on a life time experience to learn teamwork and leadership! I love Kid Nation and hope there are lots more seasons to come!!!

Ashley:

I love Kid NAtion.........I hope the show keeps on going. I plan to sign up for the third season since the dead-line has passed. See you there!!!!

Ashley:

I love Kid NAtion.........I hope the show keeps on going. I plan to sign up for the third season since the dead-line has passed. See you there!!!!

Ashley:

I love Kid NAtion.........I hope the show keeps on going. I plan to sign up for the third season since the dead-line has passed. See you there!!!!

Ashley:

If you would like to be on kid nation all you have to do is go to google and type in kid nation application. It should bring you right to it. Im hoping to sign up for the third season....if there is one!

Ashley:

If you would like to be on kid nation all you have to do is go to google and type in kid nation application. It should bring you right to it. Im hoping to sign up for the third season....if there is one!

dean newell:

the only issue i had with the show was the language the kids used was not kid freindly other then that i think as a adult watching with my 10 year old it was the greatest reality show yet

dean newell:

the only issue i had with the show was the language the kids used was not kid freindly other then that i think as a adult watching with my 10 year old it was the greatest reality show yet

caylee:

it would be so fun to do this show i want to be on it so bad

caylee:

it would be so fun to do this show i want to be on it so bad

caylee sargent:

i think i will be a relly big help and a good role model for the others. i'll be able to do alot andi think it will be a big learning expierence

annie:

i love this tv show and me and my parents were woundring how do u get to be on this show? i would love to be able to get the chance (a chance in a lifetime) to be on the show i think it would be so fun! please e-mail me the info! thanks!

annie:

i love this tv show and me and my parents were woundring how do u get to be on this show? i would love to be able to get the chance (a chance in a lifetime) to be on the show i think it would be so fun! please e-mail me the info! thanks!

emily:

you ahve to get a aplaction and sigh up dont start till after 2008 i am going to sihg up caus ei no how it would be a blast but if u get heart ont hat game and die they wont do nothing about it that is the bad thing but i still want to sinh up...

emily:

you ahve to get a aplaction and sigh up dont start till after 2008 i am going to sihg up caus ei no how it would be a blast but if u get heart ont hat game and die they wont do nothing about it that is the bad thing but i still want to sinh up...

Dana:

Hi im dana i would love to be on the next season of kid nation because .....well...... ITS AWESOME! Kid Nation is like the best show on tv these days and there are some good shows well i was wondering when and where you can sign up for kn i WOULD LIKE TO BE ON THE 2008 SEASON. PLEASE please post it on your website. that would be so awesome.
thanks, Dana

Paige:

I think that being on kid nation would be great!! Seeing kids survive on their own, with out adults, proves that kids are smart, and we can use our resources. If kids can do it, anyone can! Please send me an aplication. Being on kid nation would mean the world to me, because I love the show, and I want to show the world that I and kids younger and older than me can build our own city.

austin.baker:

I want to be on kidnation VERY BAD!I think we should make the world a better place and I think this a graet way.I live in maummee Ohio 1206 shelly 1206.

dylan:

hi i love kid nation and i really wanna be on season 3 i hear they are sending out appliications now so i would lke an application and the whereabbouts of where to send it in. so please send me one.

kyle:

i would love to be on kid nation i am 11,and ps i watch kid nation and my favourite kid is tayler.

Can i please be on Kid Nation.Ill love you alot. I am a good friend

Billy Hagen:

I really want to be on the next season of the great show Kid Nation! I am a 12 year old boy and i watch every show that season. I am a huge fan of the show. If you can please email me a form to aply i would really appreciate it.

TERRANCE FULTON:

I'M TERRANCE AND I'M 10 YEAR'S OLD AND I LOVE THE SHOW SO CAN YOU PLEASE LET ME BE ON IT

Abbie:

hey i would just like to say i love the show kidnation and i would totally love to be on it. i think it would be a fun and great experience. im ten years old. im a a+ student. have have seen the show and never missed an episode of it. i think i should be on the show because i would love to help other kids tell our parents that we can run our own town and take care of our selves for 40 days . i hope i have made it clear that i would absolutly love to be on kid nation. and it would deffinetly rock if you guys please email me back. THANKS

Abbie:

hey its abbie again i forgot to say could you please send me an application and please!please! please! please! let me on the show.

Grace:

I want to go on kid nation. Its such a good show Email me if i get to go on the show and please its my dream to go on it!Thank you so much if i get chosen to go on next seasons kid nation

18yr old:

Hey guys! I thought Id do you a favor and give this to you: its the application for KidNation Season 2...unfortunately, the deadline has passed :( im very sorry if some of you didn't get to apply earlier, but here it is:

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/kid_nation_application/kid_nation_2.pdf

luis:

i am canadian but they should do the next seson in canada because most of the people who watch kid nasion where canadian people they watched on the E channle

luis:

i am 1o

luis:

i am 10 i want to be on kid nasion sooooooooooooooooo much

citrine:

I WANT TO SIGN UP I FOUND A FEW SUGGESTIONS BUT I MISSED THE SIGN UPS FOR KID NATION 2!!!!! HOW DO YOU SIGN UP, DO YOU KNOW IF THERE IS GOING TO BE A KID NATION 3???????

migy :

i want to join kid nation 3
if theres one
i had the chance to apply to
kid nation 2 but i did'nt
have a passport which was
requierd to join so i got one
if anyone has the link to the
aplication to kids nation
3 please post the link

Hi! My name is Meagan. I really don't want to tell you my last name. But, I really want to be on this show. I am 12 years old, turning 13 on July 30th. I think that this show is very fun and enjoyable. My brother and sister love to spend their time playing video games, but I would prefer to be on this show. I try to work hard at home, but sometimes i forget. This show would help me be more work responsible


If anyone could, would you please send me an application for season 3? Because I heard that they all ready finished the applications for season 2. If that's not true, send me the application for season 2, please.


Thank You!

Meagan

kid nation lova:

im diying to be on kid nation 3 but i need the aplication, so if any one finds it, please post it hear

Trey Nix:

I would like to have a application for kid nation. I'm very interested in your show. My parents think it would be a great oppurtunity for me.

Taylor Nix:

I would really like to have a application for your show, because me and my brother would like to win a Gold star to help pay for my mother's medical bills, because she is having open heart surgery.

Marc :

please let me go on kid nation.Everyone keepson saying i like somone and i just want to leave my troubles here and go on kid nation.

Marc :

I forgot to add thank you and i also tried to sign up last year but it was past the deadline.

Evan:

I am Marc's brother and i would also love to be on kid nation.

Evan and Marc:

Please email us back and tell us if we can be on the show.

Evan and Marc:

Marc is 10 and Evan is 12.reply to us. please.

stephen:

im 12 and i also want to go on kidnation 3 can somone also tell me when the next application comes out

Annabella:

I really enjoy the show and i would love to be in it next season

DESEAN:

I WANT TO JOIN KID NATION BECAUSE IWANT TO MEAT NEW PEOPLE. AND T WANT TO GO TO A DIFRANT PLACES.

ryan sallese:

i would love to be on next season i was great just watching these kids meat eachother it looks like a realy good experince

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