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KidnationgroupCBS’ upcoming reality show “Kid Nation” has generated a fair amount of pre-season buzz because of its provocative conceit of sending 40 kids to a remote spot in Bonanza, N.M. to fend for themselves, “Lord of the Flies” style. (Click here for a promo clip.) The show’s sesh during last month’s Television Critics Assn. press tour caused quite a hubbub among TV scribes, who questioned the propriety of the whole concept, among other things. (Variety’s Brian Lowry was among the first to opine on the matter in this column from May. And Variety’s Joe Adalian was the first to break the news of the show to the world a few weeks earlier just before CBS unveiled it at its upfront.)

CBS isn’t backing away from any of the drama, billing the show as “40 Kids, 40 Days, No Parents.” Ostensible goal is for the tykes and teens (aged 8-15) to “form a new society in a ghost town that died in the 19th century.” And generate ratings to help kick off CBS’ fall slate. According to Eye’s press materials, there’ll be no eliminations on this show, only a Town Hall meeting at the end of each seg in which kids can say bye-bye and head home if they want to.

CBS is promising that the reality moppets will create their “government” with four kid leaders selected from the group, and the whole bunch of them will tough it out frontier-style (with only camera crews to keep them company), cooking their own meals, scrubbing their own outhouses and running their own establishments including the town saloon. Soft drinks only, natch. The end game is for the kids to decide who gets the $20,000 Gold Star. I guess the lure for adult viewers will be to pick which kids are going to have a major case of homesickness, and how quickly the situation devolves into food fights and temper tantrums.

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  2. Logan Williams says:

    Please Please Let me be on season 2 or three i am very athletic friendly and i’m up for the challenge!!!!I live in dallas. Please reply back

  3. Amy Lawson says:

    Hi there. My name is Amy and I am 10 years old and live in Perth, Australia and would really like to be on Kid Nation because I think it is a great show and it looks really fun and exciting so please send me the sign up sheet. Thanks.

  4. Zanzii Bowers says:

    Hey Hey
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    i have just finished watching the season finale of Kid Nation
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    Im in Australia ATM but I am interested in applying for season 2
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  5. sheryl says:

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  7. sheryl says:

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  8. Eddie Shimkus says:

    my name is eddie shimkus im 12 and i really love the show kid nation.
    I think that I would be good for the town because i am a great leader, I have no fear of getting dirty, I work hard,and having me in the town would be a great asset.
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  9. hunter says:

    i would love to be on this show my parents and friends always say i am a leader and can follow when needed to i love a challenge and ect i want to be on kid nation

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  11. Ryne Gammon says:

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  12. Gabrielle says:

    Hi, my name is Gabrielle my friends call me Gabby.I’m 13 years old and I would really love to go on Kid Nation and I would be very happy if you sent me a form so I could go on the show.

  13. Kelsea says:

    Hi, my name is Kelsea, im 12 years old, and I live in New York. I love the show Kid Nation, and would really love to be on the next season. Please send me a sign up sheet to be on Kid Nation next season. It would be awesome! Thank you so much! Kid Nation is awesome!

  14. Kelsea says:

    I would love to be on the next season of Kid Nation. I would find it very helpful if you could send me a sign up sheet. Thank you so much! Kid Nations rocks!

  15. Emily says:

    I am 11 years old and I realy want to be a pioneer on Kid Nation. I’ve looked everywhere online but I just can’t find out how I enter my name for next season. someone please help me. My email is

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