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‘Little Genius’ probe

Associated Press / February 24, 2010

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The Federal Communications Commission is investigating the game show “Our Little Genius’’ over allegations it might have been rigged. The probe was prompted by a complaint from the father of a child slated to compete on the Fox quiz show, which features children between the ages of 6 to 12. The father, whose name was redacted from the complaint, alleged his child was coached. The show was yanked last month by producer Mark Burnett, who said he discovered “an issue’’ with how some information was relayed to the contestants.

Sheen enters rehab
Charlie Sheen has entered rehab and is taking a break from television’s top-rated comedy, “Two and a Half Men.’’ His publicist, Stan Rosenfield, did not specify why. The move comes two months after Sheen, 44, was arrested after a fight with his wife at his home in Aspen, Colo. Sheen’s wife, Brooke, is also in rehab seeking treatment for an undisclosed reason, her attorney said Monday.

Sutherland on mend
Kiefer Sutherland will return to the set of “24’’ Monday after surgery that shut down filming of the Fox network thriller for two weeks. Neither the network nor Sutherland’s representative has commented on the nature of Sutherland’s ailment. The Los Angeles Times reported that Sutherland suffered from a ruptured cyst near his kidney.

Singer, spouse split
British singer and TV personality Cheryl Cole (pictured) said she is separating from her husband, soccer player Ashley Cole. The 26-year-old Girls Aloud pop singer is a judge for the British reality talent show “The X Factor’’ along with Simon Cowell.

CBS back in court
After six years of legal wrangling and one Supreme Court review of Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction,’’ CBS argued anew yesterday that it should not be held responsible for the half-second of nudity. The 3d Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had thrown out the FCC’s $550,000 fine against CBS as arbitrary, only to have the US Supreme Court kick it back down for review. The Supreme Court pointed to its ruling in a Fox Television-led challenge, when it said the FCC could threaten fines over the use of a single curse word on live TV.

Rushdie’s story
Novelist Salman Rushdie plans to write a book about his decade in hiding under a death threat from the Iranian government using a digital archive of his personal papers housed at Emory University, he said yesterday. “It’s my story, and at some point, it needs to be told,’’ said the author of “The Satanic Verses.’’

Country legends
The Country Music Association announced yesterday that Ferlin Husky, Jimmy Dean, Billy Sherrill, and Don Williams will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Nashville this year.

Bristol’s acting debut
Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol will make her acting debut on the ABC Family drama series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.’’ The network says the 19-year-old will play herself on an episode scheduled to shoot and air this summer. It will deal with the consequences of teen pregnancy.

First sentence
"im super new to this twitter . . . 8 days of freedom" -- The first Twitter post by rapper Lil Wayne, who will be sentenced to up to a year in prison on weapons charges next Tuesday.