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I’m a serious fan of  The Game. I’m talking the kind of die-hard fan that sticks by her team’s side even when they have a crappy season, and yes, even when the star players leave or get traded. I was a part of that history making push to get it back on the air and I watch every episode hoping that someway, somehow BET has come to its senses, brought Kelly Pitts back, erased Chardonnay and stopped making Tasha Mack a walking stereotype for The Hood on Phonics.

This is why I cried at the perfect exit of Melanie and Derwin after their peripheral roles this season (even though I’m in love with them as a couple and still remember that wink he gave her in Tasha’s house when he was trying to win her back — again — a couple of seasons ago), but also why I skeptically peered over my Kleenex at news from The YBF.com that BET plans on bringing in a new couple that loosely mimics  “Ding-Dong” and “Med School.”

The YBF reports:

With Tia Mowry leaving the show, producers are looking for a new female actress to join the cast in the regular role of Kiera, a 20-year-old former child star who has been in the spotlight since she was five years old and starring on a “Cosby” style sitcom. According to the casting call, she’s bright and charming, but struggling into transitioning into a grown-up career.

Kiera isn’t the only newbie in town! Another series regular will be hired to play Bryce “The Blueprint” Westbook – a #1, Ivy League draft pick running back who breaks every “dumb athlete” stereotype. He’s not only got a Heisman Trophy, but he’s usually the smartest guy in the room — which sets his new teammates on edge.

Does anyone else envision Keisha Knight Pulliam as the new Melanie-esque character…or am I the only one? I haven’t quite decided on who should play Derwin 2.0, but the possibilities of the unknown are endless. Though BET has taken a lot of heat for the direction that The Game has taken, I noticed glimpses of that old CW magic in the finale and will definitely be tuning in next season just to see how they pull this off — and for the inevitable Derwin and Melanie guest appearances.

Most importantly, I need to know the answer to the burning question — what is wrong with Tasha Mack?

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