‘The Game’ Returns as Paramount+ Orders Series Reboot

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Wendy Raquel Robinson (credit Derek Blanks) and Hosea Chanchez (credit Tyler Shields) / ViacomCBS, Paramount+

ViacomCBS’s streaming service Paramount+ today announced that its revival of The Game has been ordered to series with original cast members Wendy Raquel Robinson (Insecure) and Hosea Chanchez (Black Lightning) reprising their roles as sports agent Tasha Mack and footballer Malik Wright, respectively, with several other legacy cast members making special appearances.

Paramount+ described the premise of the 10-episode first season of the new series in a press release:

“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’.”

Robinson is a Best Actress NAACP Image Award recipient and a 2021 Emmy-nominated executive producer. In addition to her nine seasons as Tasha Mack on The Game, she is best known as the no-nonsense diva principal, Regina Grier, on The Steve Harvey Show, and she made television history as the first African American actress to portray iconic Disney villain Cruella DeVille in the Disney Channel’s Descendants

Chanchez was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the NAACP Image awards for The Game, which he starred in for all nine seasons. He was recently featured in the Lifetime event movie series Seven Deadly Sins, playing a leading role in “Lust” and “Envy.” Additional television credits include Black Lightning, All American, Major Crimes, Fanatic, and Down For Whatever.

The half-hour series will be executive produced by original show creator Mara Brock Akil, showrunner and writer Devon Greggory (American Soul), Salim Akil (Black Lightning), and original executive producer Kelsey Grammer (Girlfriends) and Tom Russo (Black-ish) of Grammnet NH Productions.

All nine seasons of The Game, which originally aired on The CW and then BET, are currently available to binge on Paramount+.

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