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:

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

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.