‘Nation’ Panel I: Another Way ‘Kid’ Covered Its Back End
July 18, 2007 4:02 PM
Not only could CBS’ “Kid Nation” not shoot in restrictive labor law states like California and New York, it could not cast residents from such states.
The “Nation” kids are from 14 states, but casting directors were told to avoid California and New York residents to reduce the possibility of labor law violation claims.
Executive producer Tom Forman confirmed that none of the 40 participants came from the first and third most-populous states. “Among other reasons,” he said, when asked if he avoided California and New York residents due to labor laws. Forman then claimed that children from California and New York are so entertainment-savvy, he wouldn’t want them on his show anyway.