Friday's TV Highlights: ‘The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee' on ABC
TO THE LETTER: Contestants hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champ, Kavya Shivashankar, at “The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee,” at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Six Versus the World: A crew of athletes travels the globe in search of new challenges in this new series (8 p.m. Discovery).
Flashpoint: The action drama about a big-city SWAT team returns with new episodes (9 p.m. CBS).
Dateline NBC: The newsmagazine examines the mounting ecological disaster caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in this new installment (9 p.m. NBC).
Whale Wars: The self-proclaimed Sea Shepherds are back in business as the docu-series begins its third season (9 p.m. Animal Planet).
Miami Medical: The trauma team deals with the fallout from a hurricane-related auto accident on a new episode of the hospital drama (10 p.m. CBS).
Party Down: The caterers and wait staff try to enjoy themselves at their own company picnic on a new episode of the comedy series (10 p.m. Starz).
Food Feuds: The culinary clashes begin anew on the season premiere (10:30 p.m. Food).
Hal Sparks: Charmageddon: The comic weighs in on a variety of topics in this new stand-up special (10 p.m. Showtime).
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Kirk Douglas, James Mason and Peter Lorre star in this 1954 aquatic adventure based on the writings of Jules Verne (7 p.m. TCM).
Drag Me to Hell: Alison Lohman stars in director Sam Raimi's wicked-fun 2009 fright-fest (8:15 p.m. Cinemax).
The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy: The title says it all in this so-bad-it's-good 1957 B movie from Mexico (11:15 p.m. TCM).
Hockey: The Chicago Blackhawks battle the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals (5 p.m. VS).
Baseball: The Cubs visit the Astros (5 p.m. WGN America), the Angels meet the Mariners (7 p.m. FSN) and the Dodgers host the Braves (7 p.m. FS Prime).
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