Alfonso Ribeiro has been named host of ABC Family’s new series “Spell-Mageddon.” The one hour game show puts a fresh spin on the spelling bee, where contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words.
Production begins on Monday, June 17th, in Studio City. The show will join ABC Family’s Wednesday night comedy line-up on Wednesday July 24th at 9pm ET/PT following “Melissa and Joey” and “Baby Daddy.”
Ribeiro, best known for his role as Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” is a writer, actor, director and host, and was recently seen on “The Graham Norton Show” reuniting with Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff for the first time on stage in over a decade.
“Spell-Mageddon” is created and Executive Produced by Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Leslie Greif of Thinkfactory Media. Additional Executive Producers are Jeff Krask and Michael Canter.
Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy(R) Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.
Thinkfactory Media is a full-service production company that creates high-quality entertainment content. Renowned for award-winning productions, the company was the driving force behind the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-nominated hit mini-series Hatfields & McCoys (History), starring Kevin Costner. Their provocative docu-series Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime) just had its finale in May and the recently announced series, Marriage Bootcamp: Bridezillas is currently airing (We tv). Currently in production is R&B Divas: Atlanta, starring Grammy Award-winning recording artist Faith Evans, along with a spinoff, R&B Divas: Los Angeles (TV One). Other recent credits include: Prank My Mom (Lifetime), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (A&E), Sinbad: It’s Just Family (WE tv), Chasing Mummies (History) and Tony Danza: Teach (A&E), among many others. Find out more about Thinkfactory Media and its projects at www.ThinkfactoryMedia.com and follow on Twitter at @TFactoryMedia.
Source: ABC Family press release, 6/11/13