'Game' star Pooch Hall not returning for season 6

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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2012 file photo, actress Tia Mowry from the BET show 'The Game' poses for a portrait in New York. Mowry's representatives on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 confirmed that she won’t appear in the show’s sixth season. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) — BET's hit series "The Game" has lost another star: Pooch Hall isn't returning for the show's sixth season.

BET said in a statement Thursday that Hall isn't coming back because of his "involvement on a new project." Hall recently signed on to do the Showtime pilot "Ray Donovan."

Tia Mowry announced earlier in the week that she is not returning to the series.

Season five of "The Game" is currently on-air. Mowry stars as Melanie Barnett-Davis, a medical school graduate and wife of football star Derwin Davis, played by Hall. The first three seasons originally aired on the CW from 2006 to 2009. After nearly two years off-air, BET picked up the show and it became a ratings success.

BET said it "is in the process of reworking the casting and storyline" and hopes Hall and Mowry "will make several guest appearances."

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