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Salon's guide to what to watch on Wednesday: The controversial reality show "Kid Nation" premieres on CBS.


Salon Staff
September 19, 2007 2:10PM (UTC)

Prime Pick

Photo: CBS

Once again, CBS knows exactly what America's oldest citizens want to watch on TV: kids, working hard! But can you blame them? Most of us haven't seen a kid do an honest day's work since sometime during the Nixon administration. The promos for "Kid Nation" (premieres at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS) promise lots of dusty, toiling children and capitalize on the controversy surrounding the show, trumpeting that "anticipation has been building all summer long." While some parents have loudly decried conditions on the New Mexico set, claiming that children were injured and some accidentally drank bleach, at least one kid, from Florida, called it "the most amazing experience of my life." Screeners haven't been made available by CBS, but something tells us that this show is going to be seriously entertaining.

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Passionate stargazers are the subject of the PBS special "Seeing in the Dark" (premieres at 8 p.m. EDT, check listings). Fans of "The O.C." won't want to miss the premiere of CW's "Gossip Girl" (9 p.m. EDT), which throws a gaggle of clever, brooding teens into the glamour of upper-crust Manhattan. American Masters special "Rivera in America" (premieres at 10 p.m. EDT on PBS, check listings) investigates the experiences of legendary Mexican painter Diego Rivera during his visits to the United States.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Jessica Alba, Jeff Probst, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Gloria Estefan

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Brad Garrett, "Kid Nation" contestants, Amy Schumer

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Justin Timberlake, Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Charlie Rose Science Series: Episode 9 Heart Disease

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Joy Behar

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Gen. Wesley Clark

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Naomi Wolf

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Garlin, Against Me! (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Dane Cook, Ali Larter, LCD Soundsystem

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Paul Haggis, Thomas Ricks

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

David Spade, Evan Rachel Wood, Mute Math

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Brad Garrett, Joy Behar, Rogue Wave

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Dr. Phil McGraw, Kaley Cuoco, Bob Dubac

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter


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