*As BET continues to lock down deals for the resurrection of “The Game,” the cable network is expected make a formal announcement of the show’s re-launch this month at its annual “upfront” presentation to advertisers.

Because the options on the actors had expired following the show’s cancellation by the CW in May, BET had to negotiate new deals with the cast members — the majority of whom are expected to return, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Salim Akil, the main director on the show while it was on the CW, is expected to take over as showrunner from his wife, Mara Brock Akil, who created the series. Brock Akil, who will remain an executive producer, serves as a consulting producer on ABC’s freshman comedy “Cougar Town.”

“Game,” a spinoff from “Girlfriends,” which Brock Akil also created, was canceled in May after three seasons and after Brock Akil pitched the network an hourlong version of the show. Following the cancellation, BET began preliminary talks with producer CBS Studios about taking in the series with new originals.

The cable network already runs repeats of “Game” and “Girlfriends.” BET’s only previous stab at launching an original scripted series was the 2008 comedy “Somebodies,” which ran for one season.