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Should children be allowed on reality TV?

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 24th 2009 5:02PM
Emilia from Toddlers and Tiaras gets ready.After the separation of Jon and Kate Gosselin, one is left wondering: what will happen to the children? Jon and Kate Plus Eight isn't the first reality show to feature children, but many including Jon and Kate, place their children in questionable situations.

What makes exploiting children the same as a twenty-something who wants to win Big Brother? Family reality shows have done everything as well, including swapping mothers, adventure races, fixing houses, and general living with life. There's got to be a point where the legal guardian has to say enough is enough. Aren't child labor laws in effect with the 24/7 families?

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The Good Riddance Award nominees

by Brett Love, posted May 27th 2008 2:20PM

Tv Squad AwardsAlright, here we go. The readers, and team TV Squad, have spoken. It's almost a little depressing that there were so many shows that received consideration for the award. Clearly, this wasn't a banner year for the networks. But that's good though. With all of those shows sent packing, there's that much more room on the schedule next season. Here's hoping all that valuable space gets put to good use, and that someone learns from the following examples. After the jump, the nominees, and your chance to vote for the TV Squad reader award.

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CBS gives thumbs up for more reality shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2008 11:37AM
JamieKennedyOnce upon a time, in the 1960's, the TV landscape was rife with westerns. In the 1970s, it was detective shows. Nowadays, the same can be said for reality shows, and it seems there's no end in sight to the genre. Today, CBS reported two new reality programs in development. Splitsville, which was previously announced, is now going into production. The marital-based series, which comic Jamie Kennedy is executive producing, is not about happy unions. It sounds more like Divorce Court meets Let's Make A Deal, with divorcing husbands and wives battling over their belongings in a series of competitive challenges. Hmm...can't wait to root for those people!

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Kid Nation: We've All Decided to Go Mad (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 12th 2007 11:19PM
Mega gold star on Kid Nation(S01E13) It's been noted in press reports that the alleged charges brought against Kid Nation have been dropped and the state of New Mexico won't be pursuing them. After watching the entire season, I can see why. For whatever flaws the show might have had (and it had several), it didn't seem to measure up to any sort of child abuse or violation of child labor laws.

The pre-season brouhaha cited the lack of adult supervision as a big problem. Alas, for me, it was all of the adult intervention which became the biggest issue I had with the show. It wasn't the kids -- they were overall a fantastic bunch!

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What's On Tonight: Kid Nation, Pushing Daisies, Crowned, Xmas Specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 12th 2007 4:04PM
  • Deal Or No DealAt 8, CBS has the season finale of Kid Nation, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • ABC has a new Pushing Daisies at 8.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Deal Or No Deal at 8 (with cast members from The Office), followed by a new Dateline.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8, then the series premiere of Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Kitchen Nightmares.
  • TBS has three new episodes of House of Payne starting at 9.
  • Lifetime has the movie Holiday Switch at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • HGTV has a new Christmas episode of Deserving Design at 9, then a new Christmas episode of Design on a Dime.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Tyler's Ultimate.
  • At 10, TNT has Christmas in Washington, with Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Hudgens, Ne-Yo, Alan Jackson, and others.
  • Bravo has a new Project Runway at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Kid Nation: Where's Bonanza, Dude?

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 5th 2007 11:02PM
Alex from Kid Nation(S01E12) Oh, my. The time is really getting down there for the kiddie pioneers of Kid Nation. Next week is the season finale. So many deserving kids, so many kids who are mere faces in the crowd. Who will get the last few gold stars? Brains? Brawn? Need? Greed? What will be the criteria?

Well, they're kids, so it's hard to say. But one thing is for sure, they'll be steered by the invisible adults in the background all the way to the decision. For me, that's been the nagging flaw of the show -- the amount of adult intervention. But the most enjoyable aspect of the show is getting to know the children themselves.

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What's On Tonight: Kid Nation, Life, Dirty Sexy Money, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2007 4:04PM
  • MythbustersAt 8, CBS has a new Kid Nation.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by a new Life.
  • The CW has new episodes of America's Next Top Model and Gossip Girl.
  • Discovery has Rise of the Video Game at 8, followed by a new Mythbusters.
  • TLC has Million Dollar Christmas at 8.
  • G4 has two new episodes of X-Play at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Private Practice, then a new Dirty Sexy Money.
  • TBS has four new episodes of House of Payne starting at 9.
  • Food Network has Rachael Ray's Holiday Feast at 9.
  • Also at 9: History Channel has a new Lost Worlds, then a new MonsterQuest.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Project Runway.
  • HBO has a new Inside the NFL at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Xmas in Rockefeller Center, Gossip Girl, Life

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 28th 2007 4:05PM
  • GrinchAt 8, CBS has a new Kid Nation, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has Christmas in Rockefeller Center at 8, followed by new episodes of Bionic Woman and Life.
  • ABC has the Christmas special Shrek The Halls, then the 40th Anniversary Special Edition of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, then new episodes of Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money.
  • FOX has a new 'Til Death at 8, followed by a new Kitchen Nightmares.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8, then a new Gossip Girl.
  • CNN has a Republican Presidential Debate at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Great Performances, with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, Bill Murray, and others.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • ABC Family has The Christmas List at 9.
  • Hallmark has A Christmas Visitor at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has All Star Holiday Gifts.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Project Runway.
  • HBO has a new Inside the NFL at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Kid Nation: Let Me Talk!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 22nd 2007 12:23AM
Laurel from Kid Nation(S01E10) The days in Bonanza City are dwindling down for the 37 children still working out their 40 days on Kid Nation. By the time tonight's episode ended, the kids have about ten days left. That, to us, will translate to at least three weeks, I believe.

Ah, but did it stay at 37 children this week? Or did we lose another due to homesickness? Was there a brouhaha? More killed chickens? Hmmm ... now that I mentioned the killed chickens, I wonder why it was so important to kill the two and then none since. Maybe because of the power of suggestion in the journal, eh? Uh-oh. I should have put the spoiler after the jump. Too late -- no chickens died tonight. Oops.

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What's On Tonight: Pushing Daisies, Criminal Minds, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 21st 2007 4:02PM

Gordon Ramsay

  • At 8, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies, followed by new episodes of Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money.
  • CBS has a new Kid Nation at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Phenomenon and Deal or No Deal (two hour episode).
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8.
  • PBS has a new Wired Science at 8.
  • TCM has Singin' in the Rain at 8.
  • Disney has The Santa Clause 2 at 8.
  • Also at 8: FX has Christmas with the Kranks.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Kitchen Nightmares.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Project Runway.
  • HBO has a new Inside the NFL at 10.
  • At 11, Lifetime has a two-part Will & Grace Thanksgiving ep.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Pushing Daisies, Back To You, South Park, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 14th 2007 4:04PM

Dirty Sexy Money

  • At 8, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies, followed by new episodes of Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money.
  • CBS has a new Kid Nation at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Phenomenon, Bionic Woman, and Life.
  • FOX has a new Back To You at 8, then new episodes of 'Til Death and Kitchen Nightmares.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
  • PBS has a new Wired Science at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Good Eats at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • History Channel has a new Lost Worlds at 9, then a new MonsterQuest.
  • HGTV has a new Deserving Design at 9, then a new Design on a Dime.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new "Fall Harvest" episode of Paula's Home Cooking, followed by a new Dinner: Impossible with guest Priscilla Presley.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new South Park.
  • The new season of Project Runway gets underway at 10 on Bravo.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Kid Nation: Starved for Entertainment

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 7th 2007 11:32PM
Jared, my favorite kid on Kid Nation(S01E08) The kids on Kid Nation are starved for entertainment as we might all be soon. I'm already starved for it during the late night hours.

But tonight was a fun night for the most part on the show. My main little man Jared was featured fairly prominently throughout the episode, the kids had some fun, and I even had a few snickers as I watched.

I'd still like to have been a fly on the wall and witnessed how they get the kids on the topic of the journal entry each week separate from the town council leaders visiting the Shack of the Journal. I guess we might never know.

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What's On Tonight: CMA Awards, Bionic Woman, Mythbusters, South Park

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 7th 2007 4:01PM
  • Alton BrownAt 8, ABC has The Country Music Association Awards.
  • CBS has a new Kid Nation at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Phenomenon, Bionic Woman, and Life.
  • FOX has a new Back To You at 8, followed by new episodes of 'Til Death and Kitchen Nightmares.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8, then a new Gossip Girl.
  • PBS has a new Wired Science at 8.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Good Eats.
  • At 9, Duane "Dog" Chapman talks to CNN's Larry King.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • The History Channel has a new Lost Worlds at 9, then a new MonsterQuest.
  • Food Network has a new special at 9, All-Star Thanksgiving Recipes, followed by a new Dinner: Impossible.
  • There's a new Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi at 9.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new South Park, then a new Sarah Silverman Program.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Kid Nation: The Root of All Evil

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 31st 2007 10:45PM
Mike from Kid Nation(S01E07) I'm starting to wonder if we're going to see each and every kid on Kid Nation before the end of the season. Every week, it seems the focus is on the core group we've seen all along -- the council leaders, Greg, Jared, Sophia, and some others. But then a new kid or two is thrown into the spotlight.

Whenever that spotlight shines on a new face in the crowd, it's been obvious that the new face will either be in the midst of controversy or will win the gold star. Predictable? Sure is, but with the size of the cast, I don't see any better way to do it, either. I enjoy "meeting" the kids as the season goes on.

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What's On Tonight: Phenomenon, Kid Nation, Halloween specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 31st 2007 4:00PM
  • Private PracticeAt 8, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies, then new episodes of Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money.
  • CBS has a new Kid Nation at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Phenomenon at 8, then a new Life.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8.
  • PBS has a new Wired Science at 8.
  • AMC has Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers at 8, followed by Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.
  • Bravo has a 100 Scariest Movie Moments marathon all night.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters, then a new Storm Chasers.
  • The History Channel has a new Lost Worlds at 9, about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, followed by MonsterQuest, about the search for Champ, America's Loch Ness Monster.
  • HGTV has new "haunted house" edition of Deserving Design, then a new Design on a Dime.
  • FX has Halloween H20 at 9.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Inside The NFL.
  • At 11, Lifetime has two Halloween eps of Will and Grace.

Check your local TV listings for more, and check out special guide to all the Halloween shows on tonight.

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