Shocker out of Fox: Just days before a new reality series from Mark Burnett, "Our Little Genius," was scheduled to air (Jan. 13), the network is postponing the show's premiere to do reshoots.
The move comes after a New York Times story (with the genius-in-its-own-right headline "Oh, Just Answer the Question Honey") criticized the program for putting pressure on kids.
But sources say the reason for the delay is not the issues raised in the Times piece but rather that some contestants were provided "information" ahead of time - though not the actual answers.
Here are statements from Burnett and Fox.
Burnett: "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: "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."