Is The Game On Without Its Stars? Actors' Contracts Are Up
The Game has an extra hurdle to clear should the currently defunct CW series find new life on BET: All of the actors will need to be re-signed.
"Their options are up. They would have to be re-negotiated if the deal works out," a source tells TVGuide.com.
It may not be that difficult: Star Tia Mowry told TVGuide.com last month that "the cast, we want the show to live on."
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Unfortunately for the cast and fans alike, nothing's set in stone yet. As previously reported, BET has been trying to obtain rights from CBS TV Studios for a fourth season since the comedy's May cancellation. The parties are still in talks, the source adds. "There's nothing new. Right now, it's very preliminary talks."
The CW axed the 30-minute sitcom as part of a lineup overhaul to focus on one-hour shows. In a last-ditch effort, series creator Mara Brock Akil revamped The Game into a one-hour dramedy, but the CW didn't bite. Should The Game wind up on BET — where it already airs in syndication — the show will remain a half-hour comedy.
"The show does well on BET," the source says. "Everyone's hopeful."