# History Series / OurLittleGenius

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GameShow on Creator/{{FOX}} hosted by Kevin Pollak and created by Creator/MarkBurnett which involved a single child genius answering questions in various categories. Questions were worth \$1,000-\$5,000-\$10,000-\$25,000-\$50,000-\$100,000-\$175,000-\$250,000-\$350,000-\$500,000, with a wrong answer dropping him/her back to the safety net of \$10,000 (assuming they reached that).

The child's parents had final say in whether their son/daughter continued in the game, with a panel of three experts also present to assist in this decision based on how difficult the remaining questions were.

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GameShow on Creator/{{FOX}} hosted by Kevin Pollak and created by Creator/MarkBurnett which involved a single child genius answering 10 questions in various categories. Questions The questions were worth \$1,000-\$5,000-\$10,000-\$25,000-\$50,000-\$100,000-\$175,000-\$250,000-\$350,000-\$500,000, \$1,000, \$5,000, \$10,000, \$25,000, \$50,000, \$100,000, \$175,000, \$250,000, \$350,000 and \$500,000, with a wrong answer dropping him/her them back to the safety net of \$10,000 (assuming they reached that).

The child's contestant's parents had final say in whether their son/daughter child continued in the game, with a panel of three experts also present to assist in this decision based on how difficult the remaining questions were.

And when did this air, you ask? Simple: it didn't, and chances are it never will.

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And when did this air, you ask? Simple: it It didn't, and chances are it never will.

* TitleDrop: Each child's parents were apparently coaxed into dropping "our little genius" wherever they could, which would've become the MostAnnoyingSound rather quickly.

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* TitleDrop: Each child's parents were apparently coaxed into dropping "our little genius" wherever they could, which would've become the MostAnnoyingSound very annoying rather quickly.

!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* AllOrNothing: ''Should'' have been the case on the first three questions, but apparently never happened.

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!!GameShow Tropes !!GameShowTropes in use:
* AllOrNothing: ''Should'' This ''should'' have been the case on the first three questions, but apparently never happened.

GameShow on {{FOX}} hosted by Kevin Pollak and created by Creator/MarkBurnett which involved a single child genius answering questions in various categories. Questions were worth \$1,000-\$5,000-\$10,000-\$25,000-\$50,000-\$100,000-\$175,000-\$250,000-\$350,000-\$500,000, with a wrong answer dropping him/her back to the safety net of \$10,000 (assuming they reached that).

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GameShow on {{FOX}} Creator/{{FOX}} hosted by Kevin Pollak and created by Creator/MarkBurnett which involved a single child genius answering questions in various categories. Questions were worth \$1,000-\$5,000-\$10,000-\$25,000-\$50,000-\$100,000-\$175,000-\$250,000-\$350,000-\$500,000, with a wrong answer dropping him/her back to the safety net of \$10,000 (assuming they reached that).

''Genius'' was '''scheduled''' for a 45-minute debut on January 13, 2010 at the best timeslot of all (9:45 PM, right after ''Series/AmericanIdol'') before having a regular hour-long slot on Tuesdays. A few days before its debut, however, Burnett shelved the eight completed shows after hearing that some players may have gotten "information" from his staff; as a result, ''Idol'' ran for 90 minutes and a repeat of ''TheSimpsons'' aired at 9:30.

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''Genius'' was '''scheduled''' for a 45-minute debut on January 13, 2010 at the best timeslot of all (9:45 PM, right after ''Series/AmericanIdol'') before having a regular hour-long slot on Tuesdays. A few days before its debut, however, Burnett shelved the eight completed shows after hearing that some players may have gotten "information" from his staff; as a result, ''Idol'' ran for 90 minutes and a repeat of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' aired at 9:30.

* MissingEpisode: Eight episodes were taped before Burnett scrapped them, opting to do "reshoots" and pay the families who already participated.

GameShow on {{FOX}} hosted by Kevin Pollak and created by MarkBurnett which involved a single child genius answering questions in various categories. Questions were worth \$1,000-\$5,000-\$10,000-\$25,000-\$50,000-\$100,000-\$175,000-\$250,000-\$350,000-\$500,000, with a wrong answer dropping him/her back to the safety net of \$10,000 (assuming they reached that).

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GameShow on {{FOX}} hosted by Kevin Pollak and created by MarkBurnett Creator/MarkBurnett which involved a single child genius answering questions in various categories. Questions were worth \$1,000-\$5,000-\$10,000-\$25,000-\$50,000-\$100,000-\$175,000-\$250,000-\$350,000-\$500,000, with a wrong answer dropping him/her back to the safety net of \$10,000 (assuming they reached that).

It got worse in late February, when it was revealed that the FCC got a complaint on December 17, 2009 by a parent stating that his child had received a list of potential topics and the answers to at least four questions the child either didn't know or about which he was unsure; when the child said he didn't know the British system of naming musical notes, the staffer gave the names of four specific notes that the child "needed to know" [[hottip:*:(semibreve for whole note, crotchet for quarter-note, quaver for eighth-note, and the "very important to know" hemidemisemiquaver for sixty-fourth note)]]. The FCC launched an investigation, and the show was permanently shelved.

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It got worse in late February, when it was revealed that the FCC got a complaint on December 17, 2009 by a parent stating that his child had received a list of potential topics and the answers to at least four questions the child either didn't know or about which he was unsure; when the child said he didn't know the British system of naming musical notes, the staffer gave the names of four specific notes that the child "needed to know" [[hottip:*:(semibreve [[note]](semibreve for whole note, crotchet for quarter-note, quaver for eighth-note, and the "very important to know" hemidemisemiquaver for sixty-fourth note)]].note)[[/note]]. The FCC launched an investigation, and the show was permanently shelved.

''Genius'' was '''scheduled''' for a 45-minute debut on January 13, 2010 at the best timeslot of all (9:45 PM, right after ''AmericanIdol'') before having a regular hour-long slot on Tuesdays. A few days before its debut, however, Burnett shelved the eight completed shows after hearing that some players may have gotten "information" from his staff; as a result, ''Idol'' ran for 90 minutes and a repeat of ''TheSimpsons'' aired at 9:30.

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''Genius'' was '''scheduled''' for a 45-minute debut on January 13, 2010 at the best timeslot of all (9:45 PM, right after ''AmericanIdol'') ''Series/AmericanIdol'') before having a regular hour-long slot on Tuesdays. A few days before its debut, however, Burnett shelved the eight completed shows after hearing that some players may have gotten "information" from his staff; as a result, ''Idol'' ran for 90 minutes and a repeat of ''TheSimpsons'' aired at 9:30.

* UnexpectedlyObscureAnswer: Would've been this for most viewers, considering the show tested ''child geniuses''.

ItGotWorse in late February, when it was revealed that the FCC got a complaint on December 17, 2009 by a parent stating that his child had received a list of potential topics and the answers to at least four questions the child either didn't know or about which he was unsure; when the child said he didn't know the British system of naming musical notes, the staffer gave the names of four specific notes that the child "needed to know" [[hottip:*:(semibreve for whole note, crotchet for quarter-note, quaver for eighth-note, and the "very important to know" hemidemisemiquaver for sixty-fourth note)]]. The FCC launched an investigation, and the show was permanently shelved.

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ItGotWorse It got worse in late February, when it was revealed that the FCC got a complaint on December 17, 2009 by a parent stating that his child had received a list of potential topics and the answers to at least four questions the child either didn't know or about which he was unsure; when the child said he didn't know the British system of naming musical notes, the staffer gave the names of four specific notes that the child "needed to know" [[hottip:*:(semibreve for whole note, crotchet for quarter-note, quaver for eighth-note, and the "very important to know" hemidemisemiquaver for sixty-fourth note)]]. The FCC launched an investigation, and the show was permanently shelved.

And when did this air, you ask? Simple — it didn't, and chances are it never will.

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And when did this air, you ask? Simple — Simple: it didn't, and chances are it never will.

''Genius'' was '''scheduled''' for a 45-minute debut on January 13, 2010 at the best timeslot of all — 9:45 PM, right after ''AmericanIdol'' — then have a regular hour-long slot on Tuesdays. A few days before its debut, however, Burnett shelved the eight completed shows after hearing that some players may have gotten "information" from his staff; as a result, ''AI'' ran for 90 minutes and a repeat of ''TheSimpsons'' aired at 9:30.

The show wasn't helped by audience reports that players who missed one of the first four questions were allowed to retry with new questions. It was hurt even further when Hollywood Junket witnessed a game where the child said he didn't know the given category and taping was halted; once taping resumed, a new category was given which the child knew. A staffer said that it was a "technical error", and the categories were "mixed up by mistake".

ItGotWorse in late February, when it was revealed that the FCC got a complaint on December 17, 2009 by a parent stating that his child had received a list of potential topics and gave the answers to at least four questions that the child either didn't know or about which he was unsure; when the child said he didn't know the British system of naming musical notes, the staffer gave the names of four specific notes that the child "needed to know" [[hottip:*:(semibreve for whole note, crotchet for quarter-note, quaver for eighth-note, and the "very important to know" hemidemisemiquaver for sixty-fourth note)]]. Said FCC launched an investigation, and the show was permanently shelved.

That's right — 50 years after it was made a felony, ''Our Little Genius'' had all the hallmarks of a rigged quiz.

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''Genius'' was '''scheduled''' for a 45-minute debut on January 13, 2010 at the best timeslot of all — 9:45 (9:45 PM, right after ''AmericanIdol'' — then have ''AmericanIdol'') before having a regular hour-long slot on Tuesdays. A few days before its debut, however, Burnett shelved the eight completed shows after hearing that some players may have gotten "information" from his staff; as a result, ''AI'' ''Idol'' ran for 90 minutes and a repeat of ''TheSimpsons'' aired at 9:30.

The show wasn't helped by audience reports that players who missed one of the first four questions were allowed to retry with new questions. It ''Genius'' was hurt even further when Hollywood Junket witnessed a game where the child said he didn't know the given category and taping was halted; once taping resumed, a new category was given which the child knew. A staffer said that it was a "technical error", and the categories were "mixed up by mistake".

ItGotWorse in late February, when it was revealed that the FCC got a complaint on December 17, 2009 by a parent stating that his child had received a list of potential topics and gave the answers to at least four questions that the child either didn't know or about which he was unsure; when the child said he didn't know the British system of naming musical notes, the staffer gave the names of four specific notes that the child "needed to know" [[hottip:*:(semibreve for whole note, crotchet for quarter-note, quaver for eighth-note, and the "very important to know" hemidemisemiquaver for sixty-fourth note)]]. Said The FCC launched an investigation, and the show was permanently shelved.

That's right — right: 50 years after it was made a felony, ''Our Little Genius'' ''Genius'' had all the hallmarks of a rigged quiz.

* UnexpectedlyObscureAnswer: For most viewers, considering this show tested ''child geniuses''.

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* UnexpectedlyObscureAnswer: For Would've been this for most viewers, considering this the show tested ''child geniuses''.

* MissingEpisode: Eight episodes were recorded before Burnett scrapped them all, opting to do "reshoots" and pay the families who already participated.
* TitleDrop: Each child's parents were apparently coaxed into dropping "our little genius" wherever they could.

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* MissingEpisode: Eight episodes were recorded taped before Burnett scrapped them all, them, opting to do "reshoots" and pay the families who already participated.
* TitleDrop: Each child's parents were apparently coaxed into dropping "our little genius" wherever they could.could, which would've become the MostAnnoyingSound rather quickly.

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