The Game comedic drama series by the extraordinary story-teller and writer Mara Brock Akil ,hit the air in October 2006 on the CW network and remained there for three years. I was one of the many loyal followers who watch from the beginning partly for my admiration of mara and Tia Mowry but partly because the concept was fresh and something i had never seen or really even thought about. The show was a hit in many fans books but not enough to keep the show on the network so eventually it was cancelled but as you know a good idea or show just want die so fans banded together to bring the show back. The game was brought back for the 4th season to BET not to mention Mara becoming show runner on the network. Although when Melanie and Derwin was phased out in season 6 and Kelly Pitts becoming a reoccurring character the show went through some storyline changes as sports teams often do , the show never the less it still remained entertaining. Sadly every show has to come to an end a while I am sad I am happy that the show is ending on good terms. Season 8 airs tonight at 10PM on BET and after this season there will be only one left (season 9) that is also set to air this year! I wonder what plays the game has up its sleeves for our power players Jason, Chardonnay, Kelly, Tasha ,Malik ,TT and Blue ,Kira ?
If you want to know exactly why the show will come to end after seasons 8 & 9 read below as you find out from Mara’s mouth :
What made you decide that seasons eight and nine would be the last for The Game?
Shows do end; that is a part the business. I’m very happy BET gave The Game five additional seasons to explore these characters and this world. We made history when we got to the network and it’s nice to be able to celebrate the great achievements of the show.
Looking back, is there any storyline that you would have changed?
No, I don’t live in that place. I don’t regret anything that we’ve done.
What is the legacy that you hope The Game will leave behind to its audience?
I’m really proud of the look of our show, that we took a multi-cam budget and turned it into a single camera show. Its look, its tone, its approach, the characters’ development — that, yes, we were a half-hour comedy but we used our moments to deepen the characters. We also offered drama in a half-hour space. And that was my own personal desire, but it was also reflective of what the audience has been wanting, which is more well-rounded, deeper, richer, layered characters, and they got that in The Game.
I believe The Game and the richness of the characters, including building off of Girlfriendsback when, has contributed to the conversation of where we are today in media, both in television and film as it relates to what we demand and what we want from characters that look like us, and stories that look like us.
I’m very proud that, if you can trace back from the writing and the acting and the direction and the production design — we elevated that. I hope that would be a great legacy to leave behind. And that basically good storytelling can live.
The bigger legacy was the conversation that the audience had with the network. There was a partnership that was created and the use of social media — we were part of the history of television and how it interacts with social media and how it can be an asset to a show and the support of a show. I think The Game is locked in history about that movement.