Eastern Kentucky Girl Premieres On New CBS Show

By Peter O'Connor | 

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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