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Have you ever thought about what Big Brother would be like with kids living in the hard-wired house instead of grownups? I'm thinking probably not because:
a) The folks on Big Brother already act like children
b) Watching Big Brother and thinking don't go well together
c) Two words: Kid Nation
Well, some Hollywood producers see gold in the idea. Reveille Productions -- the people who not only helped bring you Ugly Betty and The Office, but also contributed My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, Date My Mom, The Biggest Loser, and American Gladiators to civilization -- is looking for 13-15 year old boys in the Los Angeles area to participate in a new game show called House of Fun.
In the House of Fun, there will be no grownups and no rules. Meanwhile, parents will be able to watch their every anarchic move. Think Lord of the Flies meets Animal House
I'm not looking forward to this one. It's one thing when adolescent adult behavior becomes spectator sport, but another when we take advantage of young peoples' natural immaturity for our viewing pleasure. I'm reminded of what Variety columnist Brian Lowry said of Kid Nation: "Only the latest program to use kids as fodder for fun and profit, which doesn't make the trend any less disturbing." Well, perhaps no longer the latest, Brian
I'd also like to meet the kid who comes out of this experience better for it, whether he makes heartfelt claims of reformation in his obligatory video blog or not.
But if you see value in sending your kid to Casa de Chaos and watching helplessly from the sidelines, then by all means go ahead. You’re a savvier Hollywood thinker than I am.