Eastern Kentucky Girl Premieres On New CBS Show

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

It might be the most talked about new show of the fall TV season.

Kid Nation debuted Wednesday night right here on WYMT.

Two Kentucky kids were among the 40 dropped off at a New Mexico ghost town for 40 days.

Friends and family members of a Harlan County girl that's on the show gathered tonight to watch the premiere in Cumberland.

For some kids in Cumberland a break from the parents means more fun than work.

Not all kids find it easy to be without mom and dad.

CBS' new show Kid Nation shows how kids will do without parents.

Cumberland Elementary School student Savannah Sergent is one of two Kentucky kids on the show.

“Yeah it was probably a whole lot more educational than being at school because I learned many different things that I couldn't have learned at school,” Sergent said.

Many of Savannah's friends and family came to Cumberland Elementary to watch the first episode.

“She's a very strong student here at school her teachers and staff were very supportive of her being able to have this opportunity because she's always been a student that excelled in the classroom,” Cumberland Principal Sheila Hall said.

In the show, forty kids are given a chance to create a world all by themselves.

There is some controversy over kids without supervision, but Savannah's dad says the network took the right precautions.

“The biggest concern is just that she would be out there for forty days and we would be back in Kentucky for forty days and could we stand being away from her for that long,” Mike Sergent said.

The family is saying very little about how the show ends.

One of the kids on the show, a nine year old boy, already went home in the first episode.

Kid Nation airs Wednesday nights at eight right here on WYMT.

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  • by jessica Location: london on Sep 21, 2007 at 05:45 AM
    this show is more about teaching them how to live without parents its more about how hard it is to have to be on your own and how good you have it to have someone do all of it for you ms not watching..from frankfort.
  • by Mickey Location: Barbourville on Sep 21, 2007 at 03:29 AM
    Who's the other kid from Kentucky that's on Kid Nation? We'd like to hear about her/him too and where he/she is from.
  • by Not Watching Location: Frankfort on Sep 20, 2007 at 07:20 PM
    I'm glad this girl made it into show biz. However, this show protrays a concept that I totally disagree with. It attempts to tell the world that kids don't need their parents or adults. The whole thing is a lie. There are adults there filming these kids, yet they want the rest of the world to believe that the kids do everything themselves! Parents and adults are important in a child's life and the media should be supporting that concept instead of this lie!
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Sep 20, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    Great! finally an Eastern Kentucky kid getting a break.
  • by jessica Location: london on Sep 20, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    i think it will be great for the kids. some looked kinda spoiled maybe it will straighten some of them out. but yeah way to go savannah looking forward to seeing how you represented ky..
  • by c Location: fkt on Sep 20, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    I for one will not be watching this show. I do not agree with it at all. It's just another attempt by TV producer, to say, to our children, that parents are not needed! It gives children the wrong idea! They have been creating shows like this in cartoon form for several years (Fairly Odd Parents)now they decided to bring real children into it! I hope that kids DO NOT listen to their idea! Because parents are important and they will care for you when the TV producers/network won't! THIS ENTIRE SHOW IS A BAD IDEA! I encourage parents to AVOID it and not allow their children to watch it!
  • by Tammy Location: Hyden on Sep 20, 2007 at 05:34 AM
    Good luck, Savannah!! Eastern Kentucky is rooting for you!!!!!
  • by Von Location: Kentucky on Sep 20, 2007 at 04:56 AM
    The little boy was 8 that went home. Thank you


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