Cheyenne

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Young, impressive talent is lost in MTV line-up.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Cheyenne is a good-hearted, hardworking teen who is goal driven, level-headed, and talented. Her mom is her manager and home-school teacher, which can cause tension.

Violence
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Sex

Cheyenne kisses her boyfriend and describes him as "the gayest straight man you'll ever meet -- because he likes clothes." Mild teen flirting.

Language

Strong language is bleeped.

Consumerism

Cheyenne is in the process of producing an album.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this innocent (for MTV) series revolves around a 15-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist. Cheyenne has solid relationships with old friends and family (although there's some tension with her mom) but lacks much of a social life. At times, she seems more mature than her parents and the other adults involved in her career. Cheyenne has a boyfriend back home, and there's some kissing and flirting. She's immersed in a very adult world and will clearly need more guidance if her career progresses. The series seems better suited for a network targeted toward a younger demographic.

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What's the story?

Cheyenne Kimball isn't exactly your average teen: The mature 15-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist won America's Most Talented Kid at age 12, and now she's starring in her own MTV reality series. CHEYENNE follows the young singer as she writes and produces her first album and embarks on her first performances. Cheyenne's talent lives up to the hype, while she, rather impressively, stays quite grounded. She often seems more mature than her manager/home-school teacher mother and her "cool" dad, who, along with an older sister, have moved from Texas to Los Angeles in an effort to further solidify Cheyenne's career. Cheyenne is more reserved than they are in front of the camera and seems happiest on stage, with her boyfriend, or hanging out with her best friend.

Is it any good?

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In the mold of Ashley Parker Angel: There and Back and The Ashlee Simpson Show, Cheyenne uses a narrative structure to create the illusion of sequenced events, and scenes feel so staged that viewers can almost hear the director yelling "action!" In addition to the bad impression left by its somewhat forced "reality," Cheyenne would fare better on a different network, like The N. Cheyenne's baby face and tiny self seem too young for MTV audiences, who are used to watching 18-year-olds take center stage (regardless of the fact that so many of MTV's viewers are under 15). The fresh-faced teen has barely left tweendom behind, and she's all too innocent for the coveted 10-Spot. While she has potential for role-model status, her sweet voice may be lost among the hip-hop hype of such a commercially driven network.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about going after your dreams. What does it take for the entire family to pick up and move based on one family member's goals? Is this too much pressure for a 15-year-old? Are kids inspired by Cheyenne's talents? Would you consider her a role model? What sets her apart from other singers today?

TV details

Cast:Cheyenne Kimball, Jason Castro
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 15 years old Written byOmGiizCari April 9, 2008
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Great

This is a fabulous show for kids over the age of 10. It has no cuss words or anything that a 10 year old shouldnt see or know about
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Cheyenne dated Jason Castro from AI season 7!!!

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