Tune in Tonight by Kevin McDonough

“Spelling the Dream” Spotlights Masters of the Bee

-- People’s love of puzzles and spelling bees has inspired a small niche of beloved films and documentaries. Netflix adds to the list with “Spelling the Dream,” streaming today. It focuses on four Indian American competitors at the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee and examines the special affinity young Indian Americans have for the bee.

Indian Americans have won 12 straight Scripps bees and have been a force in the competition since 1999.

On a broad level, it discusses the cultural influences, education, family, discipline and ambition that contribute to this success. On a more personal and entertaining level, it spends time with young people who exhibit remarkable focus and think nothing of learning more than 100,000 new words in their pursuit of becoming the “Michael Jordan” of spelling.

-- Speaking of youth, determination, competition and triumph, the Olympic Channel streams "Rulon Gardner Won't Die,” commemorating the 20th anniversary of Gardner’s improbable wrestling victory, when he came out of nowhere to defeat the clear favorite, Russia’s Aleksandr Karelin, in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

The film includes interviews with Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Phil Hersh, Jim Lampley and Joe Posnanski, and does a good job portraying the delirium surrounding the upset victory, dubbed “Miracle on the Mat.”

The Olympic Channel streams programming about Olympic-level sports competition and can be found at olympicchannel.com/en/ or downloaded as an app on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform.

-- A filmmaker’s daughter explores his past and cinematic legend in the 2019 documentary “Peckinpah Suite” (8 p.m., TCM). Lupita, the youngest daughter of Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984), revisits his haunts in Montana and elsewhere and explores his reputation for reinventing the Western genre in the 1960s with “Ride the Wild Country” (9:15 p.m., TV-PG) and “The Wild Bunch” (11 p.m., TV-MA).

Programming from TCM is offered in the vast quantity of content included in the new HBO Max streaming service.

Curiously, at this point, HBO Max cannot be streamed on Roku devices or Amazon platforms, where tens of millions of people do their streaming. You’d think they’d work out such “details” before launching such a venture. But nobody asked me.

-- Country artists, including Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Gary Sinise, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and others, salute doctors, nurses and those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis on "CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special" (8 p.m., CMT, TV-PG).

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

-- Will and Natalie suffer a car crash on “Chicago Med” (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

-- A weary widower (the voice of Ed Asner) takes a balloon ride to South America, unaware of his stowaway, in the 2009 Pixar cartoon "Up" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

-- A mattress factory goes up in flames on “Chicago Fire” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

-- "Nova" (9 p.m., PBS, r, TV-G, check local listings) looks at the dome of Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

-- Voight becomes a suspect on “Chicago P.D.” (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

-- Time travel inspires reflection on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

-- Witches kidnap Laszlo and Nandor on “What We Do in the Shadows” (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). This comedy has been renewed for a third season.

CULT CHOICE

Among other things, life under quarantine has put added pressure on couples who rather casually decided to live together, not knowing they'd be "together" during work hours as well. Only time will tell if this peculiar interlude results in more breakups, divorces and/or a baby boom. Until then, there's the 2006 romantic comedy "The Break-Up" (8:30 p.m., Freeform, TV-14), starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston as a couple who have decided to split, but neither wants to move out of their desirable condo. The stars dated while making this film, but then they too broke up.

SERIES NOTES

Keegan-Michael Key hosts “Game On!” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Auditions continue on “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) ... Clarke keeps the peace on “The 100” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... Trouble in Serbia on “SEAL Team” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... “Ultimate Tag” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) ... Pike’s shady past revealed on “Bulletproof” (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) ... A nervous family reunion on “S.W.A.T.” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

LATE NIGHT

Kristen Bell and TV on the Radio appears on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Rachel McAdams, Rob Gronkowski and Sia on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Amanda Peet and Ramy Youssef visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC).

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