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gameshow(New York, NY) — The Federal Communications Commission is scrutinizing a FOX game show that was pulled from the airwaves before its first episode premiered. “The New York Times” reports that the FCC is looking into allegations that producers of “Our Little Genius” provided answers to potential participants on the show before its taping last year. The show — hosted by actor Kevin Pollak — featured young contestants between the ages of six and twelve, described as “child prodigies.” The program was to have premiered on FOX in mid-January.

The game show’s creator Mark Burnett — whose other hits include the “Survivor” and “Apprentice” franchises — requested that “Genius” be pulled from FOX’s lineup when questions about its integrity surfaced.  In a statement, Burnett acknowledged that, quote, “there was an issue with how some information was relayed to contestants during the preproduction,” adding quote, “I believe my series must always be beyond reproach, so I have requested that Fox not air these episodes.”

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02-22-2010 01:11:20