IT'S OFFICIAL.... THE GAME IS BACK! Now That's What's Up!

Hosea Chanchez, Tia Mowry & Pooch Hall attended BET's Upfront in NYC on April 14th.
BET's upfront is a media presentation where the network announces their new fall shows line up. BET made it official by resurrecting "The Game " for a brand new fourth season. The majority of the cast of "The Game," created by Mara Brock Akil, are expected to return. Because the options on the actors had expired following the show's cancellation in May, BET had to negotiate new deals with them. Salim Akil, the creator's husband, who is now the show-runner is also the executive producer on "The Game." Salim was the main director on the show while it was on CW, helming 45 episodes, and co-wrote an episode with his wife.

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Hosea Chanchez currently stars as “Malik Wright” on The CW’s hit sitcom “The Game,” which has started airing new episodes. Chanchez’s acting talent, and instinctive sense of humor have made Malik a truly multidimensional character, a star NFL quarterback who is a player on and off the field. Chanchez opened up to by answering a few questions on who gives him inspiration to what are his favorite books.


Total number of books I own: 300
Book I’m reading:
“A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle
Three books that mean a lot to me: The Bible “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?:
“The Alchemist”/ “The Book of the Dead”
Last film I saw: “The Other Boleyn Girl” directed by
Justin Chadwick
Three films that mean a lot to me: “The Color Purple,” directed by Steven Spielberg “Carmen” “The Shawshank Redemption,” directed by Frank Darabon
Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female)
Will Smith
If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why? My Dad’s life
Song currently playing in my iPod: “Diamond Girl,”
Ryan Leslie
Three songs that mean a lot to me:When Your Life Was Low,”
Joe Sample and Laylah Hathaway “Someday,” Donny Hathaway “What’s Goin’ On’” Marvin Gaye
Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind?: Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ on”
Concert that changed your life: Michael Jackson’s Victory tour, which covered the “Thriller” album
Guilty pleasures: * TV: “Nip/Tuck”

* Film: “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”

* Reading material: Playboy

* Web sites: imdb

* YouTube video: singing baby

Best hangover remedy? Spicy Bloody Mary

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex? A bitter ex. At least you know the mountain lion wants to kill you...maybe

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee? Jack Nicholson. Spike Lee seems too serious.

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?: ”The Today Show”

Who do you look to for inspiration?: First God, but I try to look to everything in front of me.

Who was your celebrity crush growing up? Janet Jackson, Stacey Dash, Alyssa Milano, and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) from “Saved by the Bell.”

What's the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?: You can bargain shop from your bedroom and not feel guilty about haggling people for lower prices. Downside is when you haggle people for lower prices, you can’t guilt trip them into giving you lower prices.

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Baby Mama drama, illegal drug use and celebrity weddings make for must-see TV on season three of CW's "The Game," which follows a fictional NFL team and examines the personal lives of its players and their women. As usual, the show's hotheaded star quarterback Malik has something to say. Each week actor Hosea Chanchez breathes life into the athlete who recently married Robin Givens, who plays herself and is electric on-screen with Wendy Raquel Robinson who plays his mom and on-again, off-again manager. Chanchez shares with how Givens is far from the calculating roles she plays, what Tia Mowry's wedding taught him about love, and the secret to NFL players' success (hint: it includes you).

ESSENCE.COM: This season of "The Game" has been action packed, and now we have the new twist of your character Malik marrying Robin Givens. After working with her, what new things did you learn about her?

HOSEA CHANCHEZ: I was really intrigued by her. It was great to work and pick her brain and see what type of person she really is. She was nothing like I thought she would be. It was just a whole other layer to her that made her so much more interesting. She is the sweetest person on the planet and soft spoken. Most people think she is an extrovert and she is snappy and boisterous, but she's nothing like that. Hate to be disappointing, but she is acting to play herself, not that public persona that most people believe is the real Robin Givens. It's a fine line and she walked it.

ESSENCE.COM: So are you ready to walk down that aisle in real life after practicing with Robin Givens on the show?

CHANCHEZ: I definitely want to get married, but not anytime soon. I would not want to spend the rest of my life by myself. When you find the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with, you solidify it. I'm the type of guy who wants everyone to know, "it's mine." At the moment, I'm single. Doing this thing by myself gets a little hard, but it's coming. Watching Cory and Tia (Mowry)'s wedding, I really got to see how much this wedding meant to Tia. Tia just loved this guy so much that she wanted everybody close to her to see and experience this fairy tale under God and share in her day.

ESSENCE.COM: Wendy Raquel Robinson plays Tasha, your mom and on-again, off-again manager on the show, and you two have great chemistry even when you're arguing. How did you guys develop the bond we see on-screen?

CHANCHEZ: It came natural from the start. Our relationship began in the parking lot of CBS before I even had the part and we were testing. She reminded me so much of my real mom because my mom had me at a young age. I'm very familiar with having a mother that crosses the line between being my mom and my best friend. It just flowed. Sometimes it's hard to see when you have a mom that grew up with you versus a mom that [raised] you. It's hard to see her when she tries to be a mom because sometimes it just doesn't mix. I've learned, at the end of the day, she is still your mom. Since I've [matured], I've depended on my mom a lot more as a mom rather than as a friend.

ESSENCE.COM: What has been the response from real NFL football players to you about the show and what have you learned about their life?

CHANCHEZ: They love the show! I've not met one real NFL player that said something negative about it. They say, "Someone finally got it-it's so close to home." A lot of them started watching it through their wives, girlfriends or moms. What's relatable for a lot of these guys is that they come from underprivileged families. A lot of them have single moms, as a lot of us do in our communities. It's just the challenge and balance of going from nothing to something. Most of these guys are privileged, but they didn't come from that. The biggest epiphany for me has been these players are absolutely nothing without the women in their lives, whether it's a mother, sister or wife. I've interviewed or read biographies, some of the greatest of all time, and they all accredit their success to their women.

ESSENCE.COM: You seem to be completely different from your character Malik, who once punched a guy in a wheelchair. Do you think you would be friends with him?

CHANCHEZ: (Laughs.) I would. He's come a long way. In some ways, we are complete opposites and that is fun. [Daryl "Chill" Mitchell], who played the guy in the wheelchair, told me not to judge but to live my character [when I expressed] reservations about the scene. That's been with me ever since. Football players have a whole other life happening. I believe everyone should experience it because it's just that funny. What makes this show so interesting is that [the characters] are introduced and delivered through the eyes of the women. It's not just about football, which is why Mara [Brock Akil, the show's executive producer] is so smart. We are some of the lucky ones to be working and we are so grateful people are watching and telling their friends.

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Fans run into Hosea Chanchez all of the time, and HCU wants to hear all about your great fan encounter stories. Send over any photos of you with Hosea or any cast member of The Game and share your story about the lucky encounter with the fan-friendly stars.

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In a recent interview, Hosea Chanchez talks about why season 3 of The Game will be even edgier and a must see!

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