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Fox Pulls 'Our Little Genius' One Week Before Its Premiere

Fox has announced that 'Our Little Genius', its latest game show, won't premiere next week due to an 'issue'.

In a statement, producer Mark Burnett says he decided to pull the show from its January 13 premiere after he discovered that some 'information', hints and not the answers themselves, was being provided to contestants. Burnett plans to reshoot the taped episodes to make sure everything is above board.

"I recently discovered that there was an issue with how some information was relayed to contestants during the pre-production of 'Our Little Genius.'"

"As a result, I am not comfortable delivering the episodes without re-shooting them. I believe my series must always be beyond reproach, so I have requested that Fox not air these episodes."

Fox says even though they were happy with the episodes, they will respect the reality mogul's wishes. The families that appeared on those particular episodes, which will likely never see the light of day, will also be able keep their prizes.

"Mark Burnett is one of the pre-eminent producers of unscripted programming on television. Even though we were incredibly pleased with the quality of 'Our Little Genius,' we respect and appreciate his due diligence and the decision to pull these episodes."

"We agree there can be no question about the integrity of our shows. While these episodes will not air, the families who participated in the show will receive their
winnings, and we are grateful for their participation."

Instead of 'Our Little Genius', Fox will air an encore of the milestone 450th episode of 'The Simpsons' at 9:30 PM ET following a special extended episode of 'American Idol' from 8:00-9:30 PM ET.

January 8, 2010 |

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