Thursday, January 21, 2021

The CW Announces Hourlong Revival of ‘The Game’ From Creator Mara Brock Akil

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*The CW is developing a one-hour revival to the 2006 half-hour comedy “The Game,” from original series’ creator Mara Brock Akil and “American Soul” co-creator Devon Greggory, who will serve as showrunner. 

The revival will have a new East Coast (Baltimore) setting, and some of the original cast members are set to return, Deadline reports.

Like the original series, the revival will center on a team of pro football players and their wives and girlfriends. 

“This time, our out-of-touch old-timers are determined to help a bunch of knucklehead new-schoolers navigate the ruthless game of football on and off the field. They will clash through the pitfalls of fame, fortune and love,” according to the official description.

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“The Game” is a spinoff from Akil’s long-running comedy series “Girlfriends,” and started off as a multi-camera sitcom on the network, which ran for three seasons before being canceled. The show was later picked up by BET where it aired for six more seasons as a single-camera half-hour dramedy, ending its run in 2015.

Akil spoke about the production changes at the time of series finale

“I’m really proud of the look of our show, that we took a multi-cam budget and turned it into a single camera show. Its look, its tone, its approach, the characters’ development — that, yes, we were a half-hour comedy but we used our moments to deepen the characters. We also offered drama in a half-hour space. And that was my own personal desire, but it was also reflective of what the audience has been wanting, which is more well-rounded, deeper, richer, layered characters, and they got that in The Game.”

The original main cast included Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Sanchez, Brittany Daniel and Coby Bell.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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