NBC stations game for new Merv Griffin show

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Let's Play Crosswords, a syndicated game show from TV titan Merv Griffin, has been cleared for a fall launch on five major-market NBC stations.

Crosswords, which is being produced in high definition, features contestants answering questions with words that solve a crossword in order to win the game and become a returning champion.

The deal with NBC-owned stations in New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC), Chicago (WMAQ), San Francisco (KNTV), and Dallas (KXAS) calls for two episodes of the show to air in an hour-long block. The time periods have yet to be determined, but it will likely air in daytime or late afternoon.

Griffin, the veteran entertainer behind syndicated stalwarts Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, owns Crosswords with Los Angeles-based distributor Program Partners and the William Morris Agency.

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