Hourlong Revival of ‘The Game’ in Development at The CW

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Don’t call it a comeback! The CW is developing an hourlong revival of its football-themed comedy The Game from the series’ original creator Mara Brock Akil and co-creator of American Soul Devon Greggory.

According to Deadline, the revival will follow some of the original cast members from San Diego to Baltimore. Read the official description below:

The Game family was coasting to retirement, but they heard the call of the fans to make a comeback. And like the record-breaking winners they are, they decided to pick up and move from San Diego to Baltimore. This time, our out-of-touch old-timers are determined to help a bunch of knuckle-head new-schoolers navigate the ruthless game of football on and off the field. They will clash through the pitfalls of fame, fortune and love. Some will win, others will lose, but that’s what happens when you play the game.

The Game ran on The CW for three seasons before the network cancelled the series in 2009. It was later revived by BET and premiered in 2011 to a record breaking audience of 7.7 million viewers. It ran for six additional seasons.

The series, a spinoff of our beloved Girlfriends (we want this next), originally starred Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Coby Bell and Brittany Daniel. When the series was revived by BET, Daniel recurred but didn’t return as series regular until the show’s 7th season.

Award winning singer and actress Brandy joined the series during its fifth season while Mowry and Hall exited the show at the end of the fifth season. Lauren London and Jay Ellis then joined the series in the sixth season.

Photo: Tyler Golden/BET

There isn’t confirmation on which cast members will be returning, but it’s important to note that Mowry’s and Hall’s characters Melanie (med school) and Derwin (ding-dong) lived in Baltimore when the series concluded.

The revival series is being penned by Akil and Greggory. Greggory will serve as the showrunner and executive produce with the series’ original executive producers Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil and Kelsey Grammer as well as Tom Russo of Grammnet NH Productions.

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