SAG, AFTRA investigate Kid Nation as the media looks for more angles on the same story

There hasn’t been much new news about CBS’ upcoming reality series Kid Nation and the quasi-controversy surrounding its production, but media organizations are tripping over each other to create ever-more sensational headlines and find new angles on the exact same story.

Topping bleach drinking as a headline is tough, but between new investigations and interviews with producers, there are tiny hooks to use to generate many column inches. One critic even makes a wild prediction that this show will end reality television as we know it. Yes, a genre that dates back to the early 90s, or the early 1970s, or even television’s early game show days, depending upon how you look at it, will be decimated because some kids lived without adults (except all the ones behind the cameras) for more than a month.

Later this week, look for headlines about investigations into how Laguna Beach rich teenagers were forced to have conversations about their feelings for 30 minutes a day. But for now, here’s a round-up of some recent Kid Nation headlines:

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.