‘The Game’ Hourlong Reboot In the Works At the CW From Creator Mara Brock Akil & Devon Greggory

EXCLUSIVE: 13 years after it helped launch the CW, The Sport is eying a return to the broadcast community. The CW is creating a one-hour followup collection to the 2006 half-hour comedy from the authentic collection’ creator Mara Brock Akil and American Soul co-creator Devon Greggory.

Written by Akil and Greggory, the new incarnation of The Sport could have a brand new East Coast setting. The Concept is for a few of the authentic solid members to come back again for what can be The Sport‘s second revival. Listed here are particulars about the sequel’s premise:

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The Sport household was coasting to retirement however they heard the name of the followers to make a comeback… and like the record-breaking winners they’re, they determined to choose up and transfer from a half-hour sitcom in San Diego to a one-hour dramedy in Baltimore. This time, our out-of-touch old-timers are decided to assist a bunch of knuckle-head new-schoolers navigate the ruthless recreation of soccer on and off the area. They may conflict by the pitfalls of fame, fortune and love. Some will win, others will lose, however that’s what occurs once you play The Sport.

Greggory, who will function showrunner, government produces with authentic The Sport government producers Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil and Kelsey Grammer in addition to Tom Russo of Grammnet NH Productions. Grammer’s Grammnet and CBS TV Studios, which have been behind the authentic collection, are producing the offshoot.

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The Sport, a derivative from Akil’s long-running UPN/the CW comedy collection Girlfriends, ran on the CW for 3 seasons earlier than being canceled when the community obtained out of the half-hour comedy enterprise. The present was later resurrected by BET the place it aired for six extra seasons.

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The hourlong new incarnation is the newest step in the evolution of The Sport, which began as a multi-camera sitcom on the CW and have become a single-camera half-hour comedy with drama components on BET.

Akil spoke about the modifications at the time of The Sport‘s ending.

“I’m actually pleased with the look of our present, that we took a multi-cam funds and turned it right into a single digicam present. Its look, its tone, its strategy, the characters’ growth — that, sure, we have been a half-hour comedy however we used our moments to deepen the characters. We additionally provided drama in a half-hour house. And that was my very own private need, but it surely was additionally reflective of what the viewers has been wanting, which is extra well-rounded, deeper, richer, layered characters, and so they obtained that in The Sport.”

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The Sport, a pioneer in harnessing the energy of social media to energise TV followers, made cable historical past with the record-breaking viewers of seven.7 million who tuned in to the Season four premiere that marked The Sport’s debut on BET in January 2011.

The CW has been centered on discovering female-focused hourlong comedies following the finish of Jane the Virgin and Loopy Ex Girlfriend

The community has a number of reboots on the air, Roswell, New Mexico; Charmed and Dynasty. The CW has been creating a L.A. Complicated reboot from the authentic’s creator Martin Gero and is creating a Walter, Texas Ranger and Kung Fu reboots for subsequent season.

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Mara Brock Akil is coming off an total deal at Warner Bros. TV, which yielded two collection, Black Lightning on the CW and Love Is_ on OWN. She is at the moment exploring her choices and fielding curiosity for a brand new total pact.

Greggory beforehand labored as a author on Akil’s profitable BET drama collection Being Mary Jane, which starred Gabrielle Union.