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Season 6 of THE GAME Premieres Tonight - 100th Episode! (Is Pooch Hall back or not?)

by Curtis Caesar John
March 26, 2013 2:06 PM
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The Game season 6 cast
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Long-running sitcom THE GAME returns to airwaves tonight, but not to as much fanfare as before – probably due to the exit of show headliner Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Melanie Barnett.

According to the cast picture, it appears that her character’s husband Derwin Davis, played by Pooch Hall is also not back on the show, though it was reported that he would return.  But a quick perusal of his Twitter page shows he’s promoting that he will indeed be on the episode, which from the clip below appears to be accurate.  Why not just be upfront that he's gone? 

But even weirder is that this is the 100th episode, a great milestone for any television show, much less a Black one on contemporary TV – but yet again it seems like barely anybody – including the network really cares as there are barely any videos or clips on BET’s website to promote season six except the one here that I found on YouTube…

…and then the one below (if you can sit through the commercials) that shows the history about how the show got to its 100th episode:

I guess BET wants to put its full energy into The Real Husbands of Hollywood --which is actually a really funny show despite The Game having the highest cable sitcom premiere in television history. 

Thankfully I was able to at least locate the official press release, which clarified a few things. Here’s the meat of it:

“The new season of THE GAME introduces new characters to the show.  Fans will see the "dysfunctional" football family through the fresh eyes of its newest cast members Keira Michelle Whitaker (Lauren London) and Bryce "Blue" Westbrook (Jay Ellis).  They join fellow cast members Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Coby Bell, Brandy Norwood and Barry Floyd. Fans will be taken on a roller coaster ride filled with plenty of twists and turns for the Sabers and Sunbeams beginning with the excitement of the NFL's Premiere Draft Day that ends in the draft trade of longtime Saber Derwin Davis. 

The season five finale ended with Tasha Mack in love, but will this love last forever when former flame Rick Fox returns to her life?  Meanwhile, newlyweds Jason and Chardonnay are very much in love, but will Jason's job get in the way of their honeymoon bliss?  Tempted by his past demons, Malik is Malik 2.0 this year, but will he stay on track and maintain his sobriety? All this and more will be revealed in the new season of THE GAME.”

So yes Pooch is at back at least for the first episode, more likely in reaction to this trade from the team, which if you watched the 2012 season final, its what he wanted in order to be closer to his wife as she chose to go to Johns Hopkins.  Don’t feel sorry for him though as he’s set to appear in the Showtime series Ray Donovan, as well as a guest spot (if the commercials are accurate) in the new ABC show How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest of Your Life)

The press release also highlighted that Rick Fox, Rockmond Dunbar, and Bumper Robinson will return in the recurring roles. 

Still, the episode is worth watching as Brandy returns now as a regular cast member, and the show introduces new cast members to replace Melanie and Derwin. The include cutie Lauren London, last seen on TV in Single Ladies, as Keira Whitaker who, according to her character bio on BET’s website is a 25-year old actress trying to transition into the acting world as a grown-up after spending her childhood in a “long-running Cosby-esque family sitcom.” Though still a Hollywood socialite, and very comfortable with the spotlight, she is insecure about being taken seriously as an actress and woman. Keira is the love interest for the new character Bryce “Blue” Westbrook, played by Jay Ellis, who last appeared in the basketball segment of Movie 43 with Terence Howard.  Bryce, the new rookie on the San Diego Sabres, is Ivy League educated, tall and handsome, the heartthrob of women – and boasts about all that to anyone he runs into. Seems like Sabres quarterback Malik will have an ego almost as big as his own to contend with in the new season.

The one hour-long premiere runs tonight from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the humdrum sitcom LET'S STAY TOGETHER immediately after at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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  • cdj | March 28, 2013 6:23 AMReply

    The will never be the same because the 2main stars are no longer apaderwin and mert of the show i hope derwin and melanie will return to the show as well as kelly fine ass

  • ladyspj | March 28, 2013 12:34 AMReply

    Tasha Mack has always had that hoodrat in her, she was never the classy mother or the classy business woman she still had that hood in her. Although they are taking it a little too far she does need to get it together more, but I can deal with her becuz when she needs to put that best foot forward she sure knows how too, she is about her business and no games when it comes to the real of it. I love her character also she does get on my nerves, but that means she is doing her job and doing it well.

  • ladyspj | March 28, 2013 12:31 AMReply

    Umm I agree on some of your comments except Malik he has never been loveable he has always been a asshole that thinks he can get anybody, and Jason has always been a asshole who was cheap and didn't allow his wife to spend nickles. She was the yes girl I am glad he is with someone that does not take his shit. I personally love the show and I love Derwin you are right abt Melonie she did change and i really didn't care to much for it either but I love the love between them on the show, and I love to look a Pooch Hall (DERWIN) he is some kind of fine

  • Lola | March 27, 2013 12:11 AMReply

    Garbage pure garbage bet kills careers

  • James | March 26, 2013 11:38 PMReply

    going to miss Derwin & Melanie yall had me crying today tonite show but ima miss yall well u back

  • Akimbo | March 26, 2013 10:18 PMReply

    No one cares about The Game because it was completely ruined upon its return. There was already a slight decline in quality during its past season in the CW, but on BET, the show became a melodramatic Basketball Wives type mess and completely ruined all the characters. Nice girl Kelly became a money-grubbing famewhore, Melanie went from misguided med student to bourgie bitch, Tasha went from smart abrasive career woman to stereotypical hoodrat, both Jason and Malik went from being lovable assholes to loathsome assholes, and...Derwin always sucked. They had something pretty good and completely bastardized it. Sad.

  • Tanya | March 30, 2013 2:01 AM

    I couldn't have said it better myself. Everything you said is accurate.

  • Akimbo | March 27, 2013 2:37 AM

    Um, okay Nadia. You clearly know what I meant and claim not to even care yourself, so...I'm not getting your need to defend. Also, people tweet about stuff they don't plan to watch, flat out hate, or are trying to decide whether to check out. I personally saw all three types of tweets on my timeline, but nine that expressed excitement over the show's return. Yes, people will still watch, but the general consensus - even from "less sophisticated" viewers - is that last season sucked.

  • Anti-believer | March 27, 2013 12:47 AM

    @Nadia... I think he is saying The Game lost some of it's original viewers. Did much a couple episodes when it came back to tv, but I didn't like the new set design. It wasn't anything like the original nor remind me of San Diego. San Diego doesn't have a colonial design buildings, for example.

  • Nadia | March 26, 2013 11:46 PM

    Um, no one cares about The Game? That's why it was trending worldwide on Twitter tonight during its season premiere? Obviously a whole lotta people care about The Game. Not me, though. I'm just saying. I bet when the ratings come out tomorrow, they'll probably set a record.

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