Vulture's all-time favorite child-abuse-based reality show Kid Nation is back in the news today after Nikki Finke reports that one former contestant who was injured during filming is pursuing a possible lawsuit against CBS.
Last night's finale of the first season of CBS' "grand social experiment" contained few surprises (and the "heart-wrenching" surprise we were promised turned out to be a parent-child reunion, which was hardly "heart-wrenching!").
We got to thinking about which kids we'd most want to send off to Kid Nation, and realized the pop-culture pantheon is filled with irritating children who could really benefit from a sharp dose of bleach-flavored reality.
Inexplicably wary of having their brands identified with child abuse as entertainment, Procter & Gamble, Ford and GM, Verizon, Pepsi, and Anheuser-Busch have all said they won't run commercials during Nation, despite continued plans to sponsor the rest of CBS' vastly inferior prime-time lineup.
CBS is so sure Kid Nation will be a hit (as are we) that they've already put out an open casting call for a second season, posting a questionnaire on the official website for any prospective contestants.