Yes, what we watched in 13 x 42 minutes episodes, was what the producer\CBS hoped would make for a good TV series and translate into good ratings. Undoubtably 90% of what happened would have been boring to watch after just a few minutes.QUOTEI beleive we saw 1% or 2% too. But, scenes of Greg using the outhouse or Taylor playing dress-up with a chicken don't further the show. The stand-outs were the ones that got the most air-time. There were others that stood out, like Olivia. But, did she deserve a star? We don't know. However, I don't think the stars were awarded for single acts. Also, I don't think the producers knew ahead of time, who was going to get the stars.
I agree, and firmly beleive, that adults behind the camera, did not suggest specific names or otherwise pressure the town council into awarding gold stars to kids the might make for a higher ratings; I'm surprised you don't think that base on what you posted in the past because you beleive a future version of Kid Nation is likely to be about watching children scheming, lying, making secret alliances, creating insincere friendships, backstabbing their new best friend who's only 8 years old, etc, etc. <insert rolling eyes here>
You seem to be OK with the fact the Mike, Anjay, a maybe a few others who clearly were shown as worthy of gold star, going home seemly empty handed. Aside from the assumption they are getting paid a much smaller amount $$$$, can you help me understand how you think it is fair for the producers\CBS to send Mike and Anjay home with feeling they worked their ass off, but get nothing for their dedication to making Kid Nation a success. Is it that you think the producers just don't give damn? It's all about CBS's ratings and profits? Both Mike and Anjay were extremely high profile from start to finish on national TV for 13 straight weeks. Not like they were shown briefly and then faded into the background. If anything, in my mind, Mike and Anjay were major personalities for the entire season and helped keep the rating good enough that CBS didn't rank off the schedule. Desrvering? Taylor, as much as everyone hates that little girls guts and hopes she gets hits by bus someday soon, she's just as deserving too because she was the Nellie Olsen of Bonaza City, and that was good for ratings, and that why she got so much air time too.QUOTEYou don't agree with the star award system. But, the average viewer probably doesn't have a problem with it. Its like that in any competition. You have winners and you have losers. So where's the problem?
I am making a clear separation between the illusion created for entrainment purposes (kids being award gold stars for their on screen efforts), and real life reality of giving 1 child 70K+ for her worthy efforts, a few others 20K, and the rest get nothing. These are kids, not adults, and kid's are by definition still developing new skills and maturity. Responsible\caring\understanding adults don't send some children home with huge sum of money that changes\improve their lives, and rest go home with nothing.
Yeah, I also would make that same conclusion. I don't really have a problem with some kids getting gold stars and other not within the scope of the TV show. Winners\losers makes for good TV. And clearly they edited the entire season to specifically demonstrate that Mike and Anjay were worthy but going home without a gold star, yet shown not to be sore losers, so there another little life lesson being shown there.QUOTEYou don't agree with the star award system. But, the average viewer probably doesn't have a problem with it.