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‘Spell-Mageddon’ Tries To Make Torture Fun

Did you ever wonder what would happen if Nickelodeon threw up all over a spelling bee? No. Well, too bad because ABC Family answered that question with Spell-Mageddon. The Alfonso Ribero hosted show would be at home on 90s Nick. The only problem is some of the situations are straight up torture, so the show is more terrorist’s nightmare than messy kid-friendly entertainment.

The show doesn’t start off too bad, but quickly gets boring. The first round has contestants maneuver over a blow-up obstacle course. The first person to reach the end and buzz in gets to spell a word. If the contestant gets it correct, they get to move on to the next round and the process is repeated over and over again. In total, viewers see the same thing six times in a row. While the obstacle course undoubtedly gets harder, the final round has the contestants wearing vision impairment goggles, no one cares because they are still watching basically the same thing and just wasted time that could have been better spent doing anything else like being unproductive on Facebook.

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Weekly TV Update: June 18

Former reality show star and son of Sharon and Ozzy, Jack Osbourne is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

On Wednesday, ABC Family will air an all day marathon of Melissa and Joey. Old episodes will air from noon to 8pm with a new episode debuting immediately after.

CBS has ordered a Ryan Seacrest produced pilot based on the popular Zynga game Draw Something. The show will follow in the tradition of Win, Lose or Draw and Pictionary.

MTV has a rundown of five key moments from last night’s True Blood.

USA Today has a synopsis of the second season finale of The Killing, which reveals Rosie Larsen’s killer.

Weekly TV Update: June 11

Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

J.R. Ewing and family returns to television this Wednesday at 9 pm on TNT.

ABC Family’s Bunheads debuts tonight. This drama that centers around ballet dancers comes from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherma-Paladino.

Cinema Blend’s Kelly West has a treat for Suits fans. She has posted photos from her behind-the-scenes tour.

CBS asks a court to block the premiere of ABC’s The Glass House, which is a Big Brother-esque reality show. The ABC show has somewhere between 15-30 former Big Brother staffers, some who had access that show’s “bible”.

In its quest to remain relevant, Ion Television announces five new original Christmas movies for December.

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