CW's "The Game" near deal to return on BET

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BET nears deal to resurrect 'The Game'
Creator's husband expected to take over as showrunner
By Nellie Andreeva

BET is inching closer to finalizing the deals for a new "Game."

The cable network is expected to announce at its upfront presentation
this month that it is resurrecting the CW sitcom with original

The majority of the cast of "The Game," created by Mara Brock Akil,
are expected to return.

Because the options on the actors had expired following the show's
cancellation in May, BET had to negotiate new deals with them. 

The network is expected to take lead in the production of the new
episodes, with CBS Studios, which was behind "Game" when it was on CW,
licensing the show to BET.

Also, "Game" is expected to have a new showrunner, Salim Akil, who
will take over for his wife, Brock Akil. 

Brock Akil will be an executive producer on the series. She serves as
a consulting producer on ABC's freshman comedy "Cougar Town." 

Salim Akil, who also will be an executive producer on "Game," was the
main director on the show while it was on CW, helming 45 episodes, and
co-wrote an episode with his wife. He previously did a stint as exec
producer showrunner on Showtime's "Soul Food."

"Game," a spinoff from the long-running "Girlfriends," which the
ICM-repped Brock Akil also created, was canceled in May after three
seasons and after Brock Akil pitched the network an hourlong version
of the show.

Following the cancellation, BET began preliminary talks with CBS
Studios about possibly taking in the series with new originals. The
cable net already runs repeats of "Game" and "Girlfriends."

BET's only previous stab at launching an original scripted series was
the 2008 comedy "Somebodies," which ran for one season.
That is a funny way to put it.  'had to'?  No.  More like:  now that the old 
contracts have expired BET is able to negotiate contracts that are within 
their budget.

So, what ever happened with the lawsuit revolving around Brock Akil stealing 
this show?  I guess it is still an 'undisclosed settlement' as to how much 
that theft cost CBS, CW, Warner, etc...

...or has run them in the past.  I don't think that they air Girlfriends 
anymore.  Girlfriends now airs on WE TV along with Golden Girls and Ghost 
I am very excited about this... love the show.