"The Game" Premiere Party

The Game Premiere
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 30, 2008

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The cast of CW’s “The Game” celebrates its new season at the Montalbán in Los Angeles.

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Coby Bell brings to life Jason Pitts, a veteran player battling steroid use.

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Actor Pooch Hall discusses his character, Derwin Davis, who finds himself in the midst of high drama this season as he works toward reuniting with his ex just as his most-recent girlfriend announces her pregnancy.

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Former hoops star Rick Fox, who plays himself on the show, puts his days as a professional sports player to use in the form of an agent.

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Phat Girlz star Kendra C. Johnson gave the show’s bad boy Malik (Hosea Chanchez) a new outlook on love and women.

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Retired NFL player Marcellus Wiley joins the party.

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Mara Brock Akil, the show’s creator and executive producer, takes questions with actress Wendy Raquel Robinson.

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Mara Brock Akil shows off her baby bump with husband Salim Akil.

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Black Hollywood favorites Robinson and Terri J. Vaughn celebrate the show’s success.

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Inside, the party brims with excitement for the new season, which starts Friday, October 3.

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Former hoops star Rick Fox, who plays himself on the show, puts his days as a professional sports player to use in the form of an agent.

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On the show Robinson is the sassy Tasha Mack, a NFL momager ready to take over the world, one player at a time.

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Cast member Barry Floyd and Bell get ready for a new season of life on and off the turf.

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Robinson is aglow as she greets a guest at the event.

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Robinson poses with actress Shanti Lowry. Lowry plays Dionne Taylor, the on-and-off-again manager of Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall), one of the show’s star football players.

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Akil shares what has her excited about the new season—and that she is listening to the viewers.

“I hear the audience—and please put this in there—I know they want a happy, good couple,” she told ESSENCE in our October 2008 issue. “I want that, too, but I’m just showing the journey of how you get there.”