Looks like these smart kids won't shine just yet.
Fox has pulled out the game show Our Little Genius
from its schedules, before it could even premiere. The show's executive producer, Mark Burnett, decided he doesn't want the episodes to air.
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"I recently discovered that there was an issue with how some information was relayed to contestants during the pre-production of [the show]," he said in a statement issued by Fox. "As a result, I am not comfortable delivering the episodes without reshooting them. I believe my series must always be beyond reproach, so I have requested that Fox not air these episodes."
"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," the network added. "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."
The show, which was supposed to air on January 13, gives young geniuses a chance to win cash prizes for their families by answering PhD-level questions, went under fire recently for its potential for affecting children emotionally. A recent article on the New York Times
revealed that crew have shot alternate endings because of how the contestants dealt with their losses.
Fox wouldn't elaborate whether Our Little Genius
would be reshot before returning to the airwaves, or not at all. For now, they're tweaking the schedules: the American Idol
episode on January 13 will now air from 8pm-9:30pm, to be followed by a rerun of this Sunday's episode of The Simpsons
. On Tuesday, January 19, the network will air a rerun of the Human Target
premiere at 9pm, following another American Idol
But there's still another question: what will Fox air after American Idol
in the long run? They could ask Idol
producers to extend their audition episodes so they run for two hours on Tuesday nights. If that doesn't happen, it could make sense (for a short while, though) for the network to air Glee
reruns on its new time slot. Maybe they could push forward their new shows--Past Life
, perhaps?--or maybe air those new Lie To Me
Still, to think of all that the kids have gone through...
(Image courtesy of Fox)