*BET’s hit sports-comedy series – “The Game“ – will come to an end next month, and will see the return of two of its original cast members, fan favs Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Pooch Hall.
Greg Braxton of the LA Times reports that the actors, who were the key leads of the show before departing in 2012, will return for the 90-minute series finale on August 5 to reprise their roles as Melanie Barnett, a doctor who for years put her medical career on hold to support her husband, star receiver Derwin Davis.
Mowry-Hardrict and Hall announced their comeback during a joint appearance at Sunday’s BET Awards.
“I’m so full of emotions,” Mara Brock Akil, the show’s creator and executive producer, said in an interview. “To bring these characters back to shore is such a blessing. They get an ending. They get closure.”
Since the departure of Mowry-Hardrict and Hall, fans have been asking whether they would return to the series.
“Every day on social media, I’m asked, ‘When are you and Tia going back?’ ” said Hall. “We really owe this to the fans.”
Hall left the series in 2012 for a role in Showtime’s hit drama series “Ray Donovan.” He said he and his representatives failed to work out an arrangement that would have allowed him to work on both series.
Mowry-Hardrict also moved to other projects, including a reality show with her twin sister, Tamera Mowry-Housley. She currently stars in the Nick at Nite/TV Land comedy “Instant Mom.”
“Melanine and Derwin were the core of the show,” said Akil. “We entered this world through them and spent so many stories exploring their ups and downs. It’s truly a tip of the hat to the fans who will get to see if Melanie and Derwin get their happily-ever-after.”
Congrats to Mara for nine successful seasons of “The Game.”