TOP PICK: ‘2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee‘ (Friday at 8pm ET on ABC)
All the drama, all the screams, all the tension – the best drama on TV is back – the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Does anyone even know most of these words or use them in everyday life? Umm no, but who cares? This is TV drama at its finest!
The Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest and longest running educational promotion, is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and 268 local sponsors. The majority of local spelling bee sponsors are daily and weekly newspapers. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling, increase vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives. About 273 champion spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, will be competing this year for the National Spelling Bee Championship. Spellers participating in the national competition qualify by winning locally sponsored spelling bees in their home communities.
KEY EPISODE: ‘Whale Wars‘ (Friday at 9pm on Animal Planet)
This new season has the Shonan Maru 2 colliding with the Ady Gil in the Southern Ocean, destroying the vessel and leaving Captain Pete Bethune and his crew no choice but to abandon their sinking boat. High drama on the high seas.
The new season of ‘Whale Wars’ follows the Sea Shepherds’ Whale Defense Campaign, dubbed Operation Waltzing Matilda in honor of Australia’s unofficial national anthem, on their three-month journey to the South Ocean Whale Sanctuary to stop whaling that the group claims is illegal and exploits a loophole in international ocean law.
WATCH: ‘Flashpoint‘ (Friday at 9pm ET on CBS)
This Canadian import is back for another summer run, and it’s always great to see Mr. Vernonica Mars (Enrico Collatone) back on the small screen.
The SRU team is faced with the daunting task of finding and dismantling bombs set throughout the city by an eco-terrorist group, and a member of the team sacrifices his own life to save the lives of many others.
DVR: ‘2010 MTV Movie Awards‘ (Sunday at 9pm on MTV)
Will the 2010 MTV Movie Awards honor Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for Best Kiss? Beyoncé for Best Fight? Brad Pitt for Best WTF Moment? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
Live coverage of the 19th Annual MTV Movie Awards, which honors achievement in film in unique categories.
DVR: ‘Kate Plus 8′ (Sunday at 9pm on TLC)
She’s baaaack! In case you are still missing Ms. Gosselin after her crash-and-burn on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ check in for two all-new specials that catch us on Kate and her kiddies.
Kate Gosselin and her loveable brood are back in two ‘Kate Plus 8′ specials airing at 9 and 10 PM. Starting at 9PM, Kate plans a surprise trip to Orlando for the kids to celebrate the sextuplets’ 6th birthday. As she prepares for her first trip with the kids as a single mom, Kate attempts to keep everything a surprise while managing logistics and containing the inevitable chaos.
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