EXCLUSIVE: The Game‘s return to television is not happening — at least not for now. The CW will not be proceeding with a one-hour followup series to the 2006 half-hour comedy from the original series’ creator Mara Brock Akil and American Soul co-creator Devon Greggory, I have learned.
Based on the pilot script by Akil and Greggory, I hear the CW brass made the decision not to move forward with the CBS TV Studios-produced project in its current form but were open to redeveloping it with Akil. I hear Akil, after consideration, declined the redevelopment offer as she and Greggory had executed her vision of what a next chapter of The Game should look like.
Written by Akil and Greggory, the new incarnation of The Game was to have a new Baltimore setting. The Idea was for some of the original cast members to come back as the show’s 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.
The Game, a spinoff from Akil’s long-running UPN/the CW comedy series Girlfriends, ran on the CW for three seasons before being canceled when the network got out of the half-hour comedy business. The show was later resurrected by BET where it aired for six more seasons.
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