Buzzr’s ‘Misspelling Bee’

With one of TV’s greatest game shows — the live National Spelling Bee – only available this week to ESPN viewers, game show channel Buzzr today launches its own “Misspelling Bee.”

Through Friday, one of four Match Game episodes running from 5 to 7 pm ET will include a celebrity misspelling (see a sample flub from Richard Dawson, pictured above). Buzzr is asking viewers to identify each day’s misspelled word and then spell it correctly on the channel’s Facebook page for the chance to win a Buzzr “gift pack” valued at between $75 and $100.

You can see Buzzr for free by using an antenna hooked up to your TV set. To find your local channel number, go to, click on “Find Buzzr in Your Area,” and enter your zip code.

The National Spelling Bee is running on ESPN3, ESPN2 and ESPNU until Thursday night’s finals (8:30 to 10:30 pm) when the action switches to ESPN itself. In addition to cable/satellite/telco services, the various ESPN channels are also available to subscribers of YouTube TV, Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and DirectTV Now.

Here’s last year’s winner Ananya Vinay:

And here’s a fictional version of the final word being spelled in the 2006 movie Akeelah and the Bee. (Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Akeelah, skip the clip and watch the entire film free on Dailymotion.)

For a documentary treatment of the National Spelling Bee, we recommend 2002’s Oscar-nominated Spellbound, which chronicles the 1999 competition:

To see all of Spellbound, you’ll need to subscribe to, the current name of Netflix’s original video rental service. Plans start at $4.99 a month, following a one-month free trial. For more info, visit

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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