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The Game: Officially Not Returning To The CW

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Something some hope wouldn't have happened eventually did: 'The Game' will not be returning to The CW's fall line-up.

A roll-out of three year old network's new shows were unveiled May 21 at Madison Square Garden and the popular urban sitcom – created by 'Girlfriends' producer Mara Brock Akil -- didn't make the cut.

A groundswell of support via a grassroots Internet campaign didn't help the three-year old show, which revolved around the lives of professional football players and the women who loved them.

Starring Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, Wendy Racquel Robinson, Kobe Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Brittany Daniel, 'The Game' originated as a spin-off of the Kelsey Grammer-produced 'Girlfriends' and served as a launching pad for the network, which is helmed by Dawn Ostroff.

Players of The Game'

    The cast of 'The Game' include (clockwise from top) Tia Mowry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez , Pooch Hall, Coby Bell and Brittany Daniel. (Photo: The CW)

    As rookie football player Derwin Davis and medical school student Melanie Daniel, Pooch Hall and Tia Mowry have become a favorite couple in prime time television. (Photo: The CW)

    Tia Mowry plays medical school student Melanie Barnett on The CW series 'The Game.' (Photo: The CW)

    Pooch Hall plays Derwin Davis on the Mara Brock Akil-created series 'The Game.' (Photo: RegginRazzi)

    Hosea Chanchez plays bad boy quarterback Malik Wright on 'The Game.' (Photo: RegginRazzi)

    Wendy Raquel Robinson plays Tasha Mack, a fast-talking, no-holds-barred "momager" on 'The Game.' (Photo: RegginRazzi)

    Coby Bell plays chintzy team captain Jason Pitts on 'The Game.' (Photo: RegginRazzi)

    Brittany Daniel (center) plays the bubbly athlete's wife Kelly Pitts on 'The Game.' (Photo: The CW)

    Wendy Raquel Robinson and former NBA star Rick Fox chum it up on the set of 'The Game' on April 28, 2008. (Photo: RegginRazzi)

"In just three years, The CW has become TV to talk about, with culturally current, quality programming," Ostroff said in a statement. "We have a full slate of great programming to keep our viewers watching, chatting, texting and tweeting all next season."

Maybe some viewers.

The other African American-targeted sitcom 'Everybody Hates Chris' won't be returning in the fall either.

The fifth broadcast television network will not program on Sunday nights and has cast aside all comedy in favor of scripted dramas with female appeal and 'America's Next Top Model.'

Mowry, one of the more recognizable stars of the show, was saddened by the news today and thanked her fans via her Facebook page. "Life is so funny. But what is in the dark ALWAYS come to light," she added after making mention of "pathological liars."

Chanchez commented on his: "I thank those of you who helped us to shine for three years. I'm sad but determined to continue to fly high and prosper."

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