‘The Game’: CW Is Bringing Back the Classic Show with Some of the Original Cast

Every now and then, a show comes along that becomes a cult classic. These shows inspire a following that lasts long after the shows are canceled. CW’s The Game was definitely one of those shows. Since the show first aired in 2006, fans were instantly drawn to the storyline and the cast. While it was a comedy, The Game covered a number of deeper topics effortlessly.

Pooch Hall, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Tia Mowry and Cobey Bell
Pooch Hall, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Tia Mowry, and Cobey Bell | Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

Fans have been clamoring for a return of the show ever since it went off the air in 2015. And now they are getting there wish.

What was ‘The Game’ about?

The show first started out as an episode of the UPN sitcom Girlfriends, titled The Game, in 2006. It focused on Joan Clayton’s cousin Melanie Barnett, a young aspiring doctor, who was thinking about putting her career on the back burner to support her boyfriend who was becoming a professional athlete. The episode piqued enough interest that The CW picked it up and turned it into a full-fledged show.

The series premiered on Oct. 1st and was one of only two new shows that were on the network’s roster. The rest of the programming was inherited from The WB and UPN.

The show followed Barnett and her boyfriend Derwin Davis as they moved to San Diego for Davis to play for the San Diego Sabers.

‘The Game’s’ original cancellation

Despite its success, The CW canceled The Game in May of 2009. But after fans were outraged, BET decided to pick up the show. Filming moved to Atlanta and the fourth season premiered in January of 2011. The premiere garnered 7.7 million viewers which made it the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable television at the time.

The show went on until season nine when the final episode aired on August 5, 2015.

“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,” the show’s creator Mara Brock Akil said when the show ended, according to Deadline. “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.”

A new reboot

Now, the show is headed back to The CW. The network is reportedly working on a one-hour followup show for The Game. Akil will be working with American Soul co-creator Devon Greggory on the new concept.

The show will go from being a half-hour comedy to an hour drama. No longer set in San Diego, the new series will take place in Baltimore. The series will pick up with the former football playing cast after they have retired and follow them as they try to help young players navigate the world of football.

Fan reactions

Fans are definitely here for this new revival.

“NOW THIS!!! I’d watch this,” one fan tweeted. “They should’ve never taken it off the air and let BET touch it (I watched it though). CW had done away with all their 30-minute shows.”

“The Game (the earlier seasons) is still one of my favorite shows,” another person wrote. “Hoping this comeback is more like the CW seasons and less like the (horrible) BET seasons.”