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Big caseload: Deal Or No Deal will have new daytime episodes (on KXAS in D-FW)

NBC's Deal Or No Deal, already served up in mass quantities on the network's prime-time schedule, will invade daytime in early September with new half-hour episodes hosted by Howie Mandel.

In D-FW, NBC-owned KXAS-TV (Channel 5) will air back-to-back Deals from 2 to 3 p.m. weekdays, beginning on Sept. 8, vice president of programming Brian Hocker said in an email. Being written off is Crosswords, which premiered last fall after being developed by the late Merv Griffin.

The top prize on the daytime Deal will be halved to $500,000 while the number of sealed briefcases drops from 26 to 22, NBC Universal says rather deep into its press release.

Also of note, the Monday, July 21 episode of Food Network's most popular show, Unwrapped, will spotlight Mission Foods of Irving. Host Marc Summers will visit the company's North Texas plant to show how the company makes its tortillas and chips. Show time is 8 p.m. (central).