Thursday, May 13, 2021

'The Game' Revival Ordered to Series at Paramount+; Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez Returning

Paramount+ has today given a series order to a revival of the original comedy series The Game - with original cast members Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez set to reprise their roles. The new season will produce 10 episodes.

Relocating from San Diego to Sin City, The Game returns with a mix of original cast and new players to offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. 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 the game.

Devon Greggory will serve as showrunner for the revival. He will executive produce with original series creator Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo. CBS Studios, Akil Productions and Gramment NH Productions will produce.

"From the moment it debuted, The Game was a groundbreaking series that used humor, heart and memorable characters to explore real issues involving race, gender and, of course, football," said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, Paramount+. "What better time for Devon and the whole team to reunite for a fresh look at a world that has only become more at-the-center of the cultural conversation today."

"Fifteen years ago I created The Game and am so proud of the success we had, and that I was able to create characters and stories that resonated with so many people," added Brock Akil. "I couldn't be happier about leaving my beloved characters like Tasha Mack and Malik Wright in the hands of Devon, Wendy and Hosea, who I know will build off of the rich foundation the show has."

"The Game is a show I faithfully watched, with characters I grew to love, and now I have the honor of guiding them into the future," said Greggory. "I'm simply thrilled to be hand-selected by Mara, Julie and CBS Studios to take over the creative reins of such an iconic and culturally significant series."

All 9 seasons of The Game - which originally aired on The CW and then BET - are currently available to stream on Paramount+.