NBC Tower top site for "Crosswords"

The NBC Tower (home to WMAQ-TV here in Chicago) appears to be a leading candidate to land the production facilities for the new game show from Merv Griffin and syndicator Program Partners, Let’s Play Crosswords, which made a deal on Tuesday with five NBC O&O’s, including WMAQ here. Robert Feder in today’s Sun-Times has a little more on the deal, including a possible early-afternoon time slot for the show in Chicago, which could air at 1p.m.

Currently, Jerry Springer’s talk show tapes at NBC Tower as well as Judge Mathis, and is the home of Steve Wilkos’ new talk show, which will debut this fall. Other syndicated programs that were taped there included former daytime talker Jenny Jones, and a late-night comedy sketch show, Kwik Witz.

The last game show taped in Chicago was one for the Illinois Lottery, which ran on local TV from 1989 to 2000.