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Before Kid Nation there was Child Island - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 4th 2007 3:35PM

Jamie KennedyYou've heard about all of the controversy surrounding CBS' new reailty show Kid Nation, from charges of child abuse to coaching from producers, but did you know the show might have originated with Jamie Kennedy?

Broadcasting & Cable has video of a sketch from The WB's Jamie Kennedy Experiment titled "Child Island." It features Kennedy impersonating a TV producer who tries to pitch a reality show to parents about a group of kids who are stranded on a island with nothing but the clothes on their backs. In the promo shown to parents, you see the kids quickly dissolve from fun-loving to Lord of the Flies savages.

The eerie part of the sketch is you know that the real pitch for Kid Nation probably wasn't that different than this (except for the video promo, of course). And you can imagine someone from the show saying what Kennedy does: "Honey, this is as real as reality TV can get." Video after the jump.

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Marcus Gorman

I beat you guys to this story over two months ago. Behold, a currently defunct blog site: http://marcdom7.blogspot.com/2007/06/kid-nation-or-child-island.html

September 04 2007 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, Jamie Kennedy *is* the root of all things evil...

September 04 2007 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Han Solo

Quite possibly the most horrid disgusting show to come along in a long time.

Its full of 15 year old kids sleeping alone with younger 8-9 year olds...mixed boys/girls, kids encouraged to have relationships/love, and all sorts of very painful lame speeches about the great wonders of socialist thinking.

Can't wait!

September 04 2007 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's sad is that when reality TV started a couple years back (many years back), I probably would've said 'Child Island' AKA 'Kid Nation' is a hideous idea, but after becoming immune to so many different varieties of hot adolescentsscheming adults, I don't think the idea's half bad :) Plus, I bet the KN adults are just as immune (y else place your kid in a deserted area w/ ratings-hungry producers)?

September 04 2007 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not as good an idea as "Toddler Island."

September 04 2007 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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