‘The Game’ star Brittany Daniel dishes on being dropped to recurring status

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The Game pulled in 7.7 M viewers on its BET season premiere. And even though actress Brittany Daniel was in the season opener, you might not see as much of her character “Kelly Pitts” as the season progresses. Daniel dished on how she felt about being dropped froma  series regular to recurring status.

Brittany on how many shows she will be doing

What’s different for me is I was a series regular before and now I’m just a reoccurring character on the show. We did 13 episodes and I’m just contracted to do six. Another change is that we’re shooting in Atlanta and that’s different. [The Game was previously filmed in Los Angeles.]

Wow, that’s really disappointing. Did the powers that be tell you why they reduced your role?

I wasn’t happy about it, I wanted to do all the episodes but I think it was a financial thing. So I think the biggest difference for me between working for CW and BET is on the CW I made more money [laughs]. But the reason I came back to do the show is that I love the show. And I love, love the people that I work with so even though it came down to [my reduced role] I had to be supportive of the rest of the cast. I know me not showing up would affect a lot of story lines differently so I decided to be a team player anyway.

Are there any other changes in having The Game going from a network to a basic cable channel?

We’re shooting thirteen episodes at one time. So we’ll be finished with shooting thirteen episodes in a month and a half. The first day of my shooting day I did a scene from the last episode. Then after lunch you might be shooting a scene from the first episode. So that was really challenging to keep up with where you are in the story from hour to hour.

Whoa. Really? Most dramas and sitcoms take several months to shoot a whole season worth of shows.

It was challenging and weird doing it this way. Because when I was shooting an episode a week I had a whole week to absorb what my character was going thru. And I would get very connected to the character, because I’d be living it. But now it’s like, ‘Oh now I’m doing the very end of the season with all this dramatic stuff going on but we haven’t done all the scenes prior so I don’t really know where I’m at.’ Or I’m mentioning a character, like Tasha’s boyfriend and I haven’t even met the actor who plays him yet. I don’t even know who he is and I’m already talking about him. But I told myself, I’ll just do the best I can. That’s all you can do—the best you can under these circumstances.

Because of your work in The Game and the black films you’ve appeared in, I hear your co-workers on the The Game say you have an inner black girl…

[Laughs] I have people come up to me and ask you really date black men don’t you and I say I do [Daniel is currently dating Keenan Ivory Wayans] and they say I can tell. And my cast members always say, ‘Oh Brittany is black, she is a sister.’ It’s so hilarious. I always end up working on African American productions. I worked with the Wayans on two movies [White Chicks and Little Man, I did The Game for a few years, and when I did Skyline Donald Faison is my boyfriend. It happens so many times.

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Posted on January 14, 2011, in ENTERTAINMENT NEWS and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 183 Comments.

  1. i have alwyas and still am big fan of the show, and i will not give up watchin it. yes it does seem like they are all over the place. why is tasha and Malik living in a hotel with all the money she has. jason u never see his home. melanie acts like she doesnt have a mind of her own. there personalitys arfe different. brandy is the worse think they could have done for the show, she just overdues with the acting and facial expressions, you can be a little hood with flare but no, she doesnt have it. the show needs more excitement. And yes please bring back my girl Kelly & my Guy Rick Fox. Atleast for guest appearances. I am one of the people that petition as well. Please writers lets keep this maginificant show on television. i look forward to it every tuesday. It makes my week.

  2. Latisha Gibbs

    I love the game. And I do see where they are going with it. Tasha and Malik got some wake up cals. Tasha and Pooch will make a good couple. Tasha has been so all over the place that a little familiarity and grounding will do her good. And I never liked where Melanie’s character was going from the jump. I feel like her finally living for herself is the best thing for her and their marriage. Durwin only things about hisself and his career. He needs to be more supportive of hers. As for Jason and Brandy. I love Brandy’s character. Sometimes she could tone it down but she’s evolving too. I think Jason needed a visit with his roots. What would be great is if kelly came bck now. That I would love to see. The sparks would fly!!!!!!! I look forward to seeing where they go with the rest of the show. ÷t’s still one of my favorites.

  3. If Kelly was black, she would still be on the show!!

  4. First of all bring kelly back and stop Melaine from wining so much make her a doctor already and shake it up that Janay lied about the baby she tells Derwin but he dont tell Melaine till the end of the season I no they are supose to be leaving bring them back toward the end to complete it with janay killing the both of them when Melaine comfront her for messing with her for over 2 years. Tasha needs a husband her son need a wife. Jason and Brandy ok but tone her down to a nicer black chick all black women dont act like that not to many in my circle do at all.

  5. Just kidding about the killing but that kind of stuff may really happen. So just work with it

  6. Omg!I been wonderin wat had happen to my girl kelly she’s hella funny i loved her and brandy to replaced her like REALLY” damm all I got to say BRING KELLY BACK!we need a little mixed in the show..

  7. I hear melanie and derwin will not return to the show next season

  8. terry alphin

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    g Kelly back! It’s not the same show without her! Brandy is horrible! Jason needs Kelly.
    Bring back Rick Fox too to mix it up with Tasha’s new boyfriend. The Game is just not the same without these people.

  9. I HATE HATE HATE the characterthey made Kelly out to be in Season 4!! Bring my girl back… And season 5 wasnt all that exciting :( i miss how the show used to be :(

  10. I quit watching it when they took kelly off. She was the best in the show

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  13. Allen Kearney

    I loves you playing Kelly Pitts..I stopped watching after you left as a regular. Hopefully they will recognize there error and fix it. In the meantime good luck in life. Hope to see in something new soon.

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  15. i love the show and the new additions but kelly and derwin leaving makes me sad especially kelly she was a GREAT CHARACTER i hope she comes back strong and soon she was a perfect comedic partner for tasha mack who is my fave character richmond california holla

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  19. Bring back Kelly,Derwin,and Melony the show is not the same without the veteran

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