Fox pulls 'Our Little Genius' quiz show
Mark Burnett discovered some contestants were given 'info'In a shocking move, Fox on Thursday pulled Mark Burnett's quiz show "Our Little Genius" less than a week before the series' Jan. 13 premiere to do reshoots.
At the heart of the matter was a recent discovery by Burnett that some contestants were provided "information" -- though not the actual answers -- ahead of time.
Hosted by Kevin Pollak, "Genius" features academically accomplished kids ages 6-12 answering tough questions for the chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"I believe my series must always be beyond reproach, so I have requested that Fox not air these episodes," Burnett said.
Mark Burnett Prods. will shoulder the cost for reshooting the episodes. The company also will pay the winnings to the contestants who took part in the original eight episodes, which will be shelved. No new premiere date was announced.
"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," Fox said in a statement. "We agree there can be no question about the integrity of our shows."
"Genius" was a key piece of Fox's midseason schedule. It was assigned Fox's most lucrative midseason time slot, following "American Idol" on Wednesday.
In the wake of its benching, Fox will air a repeat of the 450th episode of "The Simpsons" after a 90-minute "Idol" on Jan. 13 and a rerun of the premiere of the network's new drama "Human Target" the following Wednesday.