Fox Pulls New Show Before It’s Out of the Gate

Jan 8, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Less than a week before air, Fox pulled from its schedule the new game show “Our Little Genius,” which has been criticized by child welfare experts for putting pressure on kids as they compete for cash prizes by answering questions, reports The New York Times.

The program has been postponed and possibly canceled, because, executive producer Mark Burnett said in a statement, "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."

The move raised questions about whether contestants were given answers in advance, which two sources told the paper wasn’t the case.

In its own statement, Fox said: "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."

–Elizabeth Jensen

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