Mark Burnett’s ‘Genius’ Put on Hold

Upcoming Mark Burnett reality/competition Our Little Genius, which was originally scheduled to debut on Wednesday, Jan. 13 out of a 75-minute edition of American Idol, has been put on hold indefinitely. 

Said Burnett in a prepared statement: “I recently discovered that there was an issue with how some information was relayed to contestants during the preproduction of Our Little Genius. 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.”

Our Little Genius features extraordinarily bright youngsters who answer increasingly difficult questions to win as much money as they can with one catch: the parents can choose to walk away at any time. Airing in place of Our Little Genius on Jan. 13 will be a repeat of the 450th episode of The Simpsons. Lead-in American Idol will expand to 90 minutes, and there is no word what will run out of Idol on Jan. 20 or beyond.