November 20, 2006 12:00 PM

The CW (Mondays, 9:30 p.m. ET)


Of the two new series the CW ordered for its premiere lineup, one is already dead—the underrated family drama Runaway—and what’s left for a full season is this comedy, generic enough it could come in a cardboard box stamped with the word “sitcom.” The Game, a spinoff of another CW show, Girlfriends, is an ensemble about women whose husbands, lovers and relations are pro-football players. It’s not exactly Friday Night Lights with laughs. The gags are hobbled together, but you sense the cast would be more than up for better material. Wendy Raquel Robinson, as a single mom managing her son’s career, knows how to sling a punch line.

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