The Game reboot is underway with two original cast members returning. Brittany Daniel and Pooch Hall will reprise their roles as Kelly Pitts and Derwin “Ding Dong” Davis. They will make special appearances in the 10-episode Paramount+ series.
The revival shifts the action from San Diego to Las Vegas and combines original cast members with newcomers “to offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football,” per the official synopsis. “The team will tackle racism, sexism, classism and more as they fight for fame, fortune, respect and love — all while trying to maintain their souls as they each play #TheGame.”
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Daniel and Hall join original series stars Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez as mother-son duo Tasha Mack and Malik Wright.
Adriyan Rae, Vaughn Hebron and Analisa Velez also join as new characters in the ten-part series.
Rae stars as Brittany Pitts, the daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts. Rae is the third recasting since the show’s inception. Hebron plays Jamison Fields, an undrafted free agent and Velez plays Raquel Navarro, Brittany’s best friend.
Pitts was an integral part of the first three seasons of the show, as wife of Jason Pitts, mother of Brittany Pitts and President of the Sunbeams. She and Jason divorced at the start of season three and in season four it emerges that she’s become a reality TV star with her own show centered around the ex-wives of professional athletes. The character returns in season seven and remarries Jason in season nine, having previously moved to Paris.
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Hall’s Derwin Davis, meanwhile, was a wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers and husband of Melanie Barnett.
The series, which was created by Mara Brock Akil, originally launched as a half-hour comedy on The CW and ran for three seasons on the broadcast network. It subsequently moved to BET for six further seasons, breaking cable records, and became an hour-long dramedy.
The reboot will be a half-hour and will see American Soul’s Devon Greggory as showrunner and writer. He will exec produce with Brock Akil, Salim Akil and original executive producer Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo of Grammnet NH Productions.
The series is produced by CBS Studios, Akil Productions and Grammnet NH Productions.