UPN Sets 'Game' Date, CW Abducts 'Aliens'
Both shows looking for homes on new networkLOS ANGELES --
UPN, meanwhile, has scheduled the episode of "Girlfriends" that could serve as a launchpad for a spinoff called "The Game" on the new network come fall.
The new pilot is called "Aliens in America" and comes from sitcom veterans Moses Port and David Guarascio ("Mad About You," "Happy Family"), the showbiz trade papers report. It will be a single-camera show (like "Chris") focusing on a gawky high-school kid in Wisconsin whose mom thinks her son's ticket to cool rests in welcoming an exchange student.
Things don't exactly work out that way, though -- the exchange student turns out to be a devout Muslim from Pakistan who dresses in traditional garments. Hijinks will doubtlessly ensue.
"Aliens" is the second pilot for Port and Guarascio this year. They're also executive producing, along with Port's brother Joe and Joe Wiseman, a CBS comedy about a young couple and the woman's clingy family.
As for "The Game," its pilot will air as an episode of "Girlfriends" on Monday, April 17. The show will follow Joan's (Tracee Ellis Ross) cousin Melanie (Tia Mowry, "Sister, Sister") and her pro football player boyfriend (Aldis Hodge) to San Diego, where Melanie meets the girlfriends and wives of other players.
Wendy Raquel Robinson ("The Steve Harvey Show"), Coby Bell ("Third Watch") and Jennifer Baxter will also star in the spinoff, which is contending for a spot on The CW.