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ABC Family orders new spelling bee game show

Date May 23, 2013

By Jethro Nededog

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - ABC Family is getting into the game show business. The cable network has greenlit "Spell-Mageddon" for a summer premiere.

The show basically takes the traditional spelling bee and introduces "hilarious distractions" as the contenders try to spell difficult words (while simultaneously bringing back horrible childhood memories of the spelling competition).

Executive produced by Thinkfactory Media's Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Leslie Greif ("Hatfields & McCoys," "Preachers' Daughters") with executive producers Jeff Krask and Michael Canter, the game show will join ABC Family's Wednesday comedy block with series "Melissa and Joey" and "Baby Daddy" beginning Wednesday, July 24.

"Spell Mageddon" joins ABC Family's summer stable of new series, which includes "Dancing Fools," "The Fosters," "Twisted," and "The Vineyard."

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