'Kid' has SAG concerned, too


SAG has joined the chorus of concern over reports of juvenile mistreatment during the production of "Kid Nation."

"We are shocked at recent reports regarding the treatment and exploitation of children on the set of 'Kid Nation' in New Mexico," the actors guild said. "Had the children been engaged under SAG contracts, they would have had protections including maximum daily work hours based on their age."

AFTRA, which represents a host on the show, issued an earlier statement (HR 8/27).

Long hours and the kids' medical care have figured in concerns raised about the show. But CBS insists that top-notch staff was in place and that no child was mistreated during shooting.

"Kid Nation" took 40 kids to a New Mexico ghost town to record how they coped in a kid-run society. The series is set to premiere on Sept. 19.