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BET Ready to Play 'The Game'

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 5th 2010 11:40AM
Tia MowryBetween the Masters, Major League Baseball's opening day and March Madness, it seems that there's a big game popping up every day on networks like ESPN and CBS. Now, though, one of the biggest games around is about to appear courtesy of a less likely source: BET.

That's because, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable network is expected to announce that it has finalized a deal to bring back the late, lamented CW comedy 'The Game,' which was a spinoff from the beloved hit 'Girlfriends.'

That series of course, ran for eight seasons, but unfortunately 'The Game' wasn't as successful, thanks in large part to the network's decision to move away from half-hour comedies like 'The Game' in favor of hour-long shows. While series creator Mara Brock Akil did attempt to save the series by converting it to a full-hour format, the move wasn't enough to rescue the 'The Game,' which was instead canceled after three seasons.
Tia MowryBetween the Masters, Major League Baseball's opening day and March Madness, it seems that there's a big game popping up every day on networks like ESPN and CBS. Now, though, one of the biggest games around is about to appear courtesy of a less likely source: BET.

That's because, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable network is expected to announce that it has finalized a deal to bring back the late, lamented CW comedy 'The Game,' which was a spinoff from the beloved hit 'Girlfriends.'

That series of course, ran for eight seasons, but unfortunately 'The Game' wasn't as successful, thanks in large part to the network's decision to move away from half-hour comedies like 'The Game' in favor of hour-long shows. While series creator Mara Brock Akil did attempt to save the series by converting it to a full-hour format, the move wasn't enough to rescue the 'The Game,' which was instead canceled after three seasons.

Now it appears poised to make a comeback, though what form it will take remains to be seen. Complicating matters is the fact that the contracts for most of the show's stars had expired, requiring BET to renegotiate deals with each of them. While it is expected that most, if not all, of the show's actors will return, it's possible that creative changes may be necessary in order to adapt the series for a slightly different cast.

If so, those changes will be overseen by 'The Game''s new showrunner, Salim Akil, who previously acted in the same capacity for Showtime's 'Soul Food.' Brock Akil, Salim's wife, will remain involved as executive producer.

An official announcement from BET is likely to take place at their upfronts, which are scheduled to take place later this month.

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