Though pallid in the midst of the Leno maelstrom, this is a big deal - Fox has sidelined "Our Little Genius," the mucho-hyped Mark Burnett genius/kids/gameshow that was supposed to launch next week.

  Here's the statement from 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.”

 And Fox:

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“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.”