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New York– In a rare and brave move, BET is bringing “The Game” back to television. Yes, “The Game” that the CW canceled two years ago.

Original episodes of the long-missed series premiere on Jan 11 at 10 p.m. with back-to-back half-hours that drop us back into the lives of our favorite characters, two years after we left them.

Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) is no longer the rookie we once knew and loved. His life is glittered up by paparazzi flashes, and Tasha (Wendy Raquel Robinson) describes him as “the face of Nike. He’s a multi-million dollar boom campaign. He’s a brand. He’s an icon. He’s a one-man ball-catching economic stimulus package that’s responsible for serious job creation for the city of San Diego.”

Which, of course, puts his wife Melanie (Tia Mowry Hardict) in the position of being half of a celebrity power couple. In fact, when we first see her, she’s happily posing for the cover of “Essence.”

Janay, of course, is still in their lives as the mother of Derwin’s son, D.J. – and Melanie is doing her best to get Derwin to let her in on raising him. (Who is ridiculously adorable, obviously.) However, it appears that Melanie has some doubts. Serious doubts that have her swabbing the inside of the kid’s mouth.


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