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SPELL-MAGEDDON
July 31, 2013  | By David Bianculli

ABC Family, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

I have no idea why or how ABC Family, rather than Nickelodeon, is presenting this new quiz show, which premiered last week, because it has Nick written all over it: Contestants, most of them young, try to compete in a spelling competition while being assaulted by all manner of sounds, sights, liquids and other distractions. Had this been a Nick show, there definitely would have been green slime. But as family-viewing summer diversions go, why not? Can you spell “instructive,” boys and girls? Now, can you spell it while being soaked by a spray of water?

 
 
 
 
 
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