Kid Nation: Building a New World in Game-Show Format
Antithetical to how Lost has its roots in the reality-show Survivor, American network CBC is punting a new reality show that seems (to me, anyway) based on the premise set forth by Showtime's Jeremiah, in which a mysterious illness has wiped out the grown-ups, leaving only a population of conventionally-attractive kids to pick up society's pieces.
40 children, 40 days, no adults—eager to prove they can build a better world for tomorrow in the new reality series KID NATION. Settling in Bonanza City, New Mexico, once a thriving mining town but now deserted, these kids, ages 8 to 15 and from all walks of life, will build their own new world, pioneer-style. They will confront grown-up issues while coping with the classic childhood emotions of homesickness, peer pressure and the urge to break every rule. Episodes end with a town meeting in which the kids award one child a gold star worth $20,000, all leading to the grand finale, with an unimaginable test, the biggest awards and a special surprise for every child.