With Tia Mowry leaving BET’s “The Game,” the network has found a new actress to play a new character: Lauren London, who has been in films such as “ATL” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”
TV Line broke the news. London will play Kiera, a former child star currently in a “Cosby”-esque sitcom, for the sixth season.
Losing its biggest name could be a major blow to a sitcom that has been losing ratings steam since it moved to BET and Atlanta last year. Opening at a monstrous 7.7 million viewers in early 2011, “The Game” was pulling in around 2 to 2.5 million viewers in the second half of the most recent season.
The show is still seeking a male lead opposite London who will play an educated, all-star running back. Mowry (Melanie) played the wife of Derwin (Pooch Hall).
London nabbed her first major film role in 2006 as the the romantic lead opposite T.I. on the film “ATL.” She was Turtle’s girlfriend on “Entourage” in 2007. She has also been in films “This Christmas,” “Next Day Air,” “I Love You, Beth Cooper” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” She and rapper Lil Wayne have a son.