Spell-Mageddon to descend on ABC Family this summer 

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How does ABC Family spell original summer programming? S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E R-E-A-L-I-T-Y S-H-O-W. (Used in a sentence: “I had hoped this spelling bee reality show was a documentary-style look at the trials and tribulations of those intense Scripps kids, but it’s not.”) The network has put in a summer order for Spell-Mageddon, a Wipeout-style spelling reality series created by Thinkfactory Media, the producers of Preacher’s Daughters on Lifetime and the upcoming Marriage Bootcamp: Bridezillas on WEtv. Spell-Mageddon will feature, in a likely impressively literal take of the old storytelling formula of desire + obstacle = drama, contestants trying to spell increasingly difficult words while taking on “hilarious distractions.” The series debuts on Wednesday, July 24 at 9PM. Padded thinking caps on now.

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