We spoke to Michael Thot, who wound up on the 2007 show Kid Nation, CBS’s attempt to stage their own Lord of the Flies. Turns out it was as scripted as that book.
5 Behind-the-Scenes Details They Cut From My Reality TV Show

#4. You Find Yourself Playing a “Character”
For example, I had my “defining moment” in the first episode, when I dramatically stood up and made a speech to try to calm some big argument. Maybe this sounds cynical, but part of my motivation for speaking up was “It makes sense for my character to speak out now.” So I stood up and did my speech, and the associate producers lavished praise upon me. This is what most people don’t understand about reality shows, when they talk about them being “fake” or scripted — they don’t have to script it. We’re on camera, we’re doing a TV show — even children know to self-censor and come up with their own bits to make themselves more interesting.

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We spoke to Michael Thot, who wound up on the 2007 show Kid Nation, CBS’s attempt to stage their own Lord of the Flies. Turns out it was as scripted as that book.

5 Behind-the-Scenes Details They Cut From My Reality TV Show

#4. You Find Yourself Playing a “Character”

For example, I had my “defining moment” in the first episode, when I dramatically stood up and made a speech to try to calm some big argument. Maybe this sounds cynical, but part of my motivation for speaking up was “It makes sense for my character to speak out now.” So I stood up and did my speech, and the associate producers lavished praise upon me. This is what most people don’t understand about reality shows, when they talk about them being “fake” or scripted — they don’t have to script it. We’re on camera, we’re doing a TV show — even children know to self-censor and come up with their own bits to make themselves more interesting.

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