BET Sets 'The Game' Premiere Date, BBC America Solidifies 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special

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After plucking the African-American-led dramedy from CW's scrapyard, BET premiered the series in January to a record-smashing 7.7 million total viewers.

BET has set a return date for The Game while BBC America has solidified its annual Doctor Who Christmas special.

The Game will launch its fifth season on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at 10 p.m. on BET, the cable network revealed late Tuesday. Tia Mowry Hardrict leads the cast playing the wife of a professional football player (Pooch Hall).

The Game debuted on its new home for its fourth season with huge numbers for BET in January, drawing 7.7 million viewers. This makes it the best showing for the series on cable and broadcast ever, and BET's most-watched telecast.

The comedy, created by Mara Brock Akil, was canceled by the CW after three seasons in May 2009, when it was averaging 2 million viewers. BET picked it up in 2010.

Doctor Who's Christmas special, "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" will air on Christmas Day at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

The official synopsis as follows: "Set during World War II, the special follows Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, who have been evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset. When they arrive they are met by the property’s caretaker, a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that the Time Lord (Matt Smith) never forgets his debts."

Watch the trailer below: