Paramount+'s revival of The Game has brought the series back with most of its original cast either making guest appearances or set as series regular. However, Tia Mowry-Hardrict is the one who is not returning. Mowry-Hardrict, who starred as Melanie Davis, the wife of NFL star Derwin Davis (played by Pooch Hall) recently spoke about her role in the show and why she decided to skip the reboot.
After considering the possibility of a return since the announcement of the reboot, Mowry-Hardrict has seemingly opted out of returning to the Paramount+ series and has told TVLine her reasoning.
1. Tia Mowry explains why she isn't back as Melanie
“I loved Melanie. I loved playing every bit of her,” Mowry-Hardrict told the publication. I don’t think I’m going back at this point. For right now, there have been no conversations about me coming back, and I’m good with that. I’m doing so many things. As I’ve gotten older, I try to do things that have impact and that are purposeful and inspirational in some kind of way in my life. There are things I like to focus on, and those are the things I put time and energy into.”
This is a change in tune from Mowry-Hardrict’s recent “never say never” approach about a potential return. Things change quickly, and she is content with letting the show go.
2. Tia Mowry is content with her character and is ready to create new stories
Mowry-Hardrict goes on to say that she has essentially moved on and that Melanie’s story is complete going on to say:
“I’ve done that already. I want to create and leave space for other inspiration. There is so much more,” she also adds. “I don’t feel like there is much else for Melanie to do and say. She’s had such an incredible story… Everything I do has a beginning and an end, and once that chapter is over with, it’s time to start a new one.”
Brittney Daniel, who played Melanie’s friend Kelly Pitts, is also not returning to the new series, but the rest of the main cast has stayed intact.
Tia Mowry-Hardrict is currently starring in Lifetime’s holiday film Miracle in Motor City. Her Netflix series, Family Reunion, will air its final season next year.