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The Game: Has BET Really Made a Deal for Season Four?

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Last May, fans of The CW’s sitcom, The Game, were upset to learn that the sitcom had been cancelled after three seasons on the air. Though there was some resolution in the last episode, it was hardly satisfying enough for devoted viewers. The web has recently been abuzz with news that the show is coming back but can you believe it?

Created by Mara Brock Akil, The Game began as a spin-off of the long-running comedy, Girlfriends. The series centers around a first year medical student (Tia Mowry) who chooses to follow her pro-football boyfriend (Pooch Hall) to San Diego. Others in the cast include Brittany Daniel, Coby Bell, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, and Barry Floyd.

Even before the show was cancelled by the CW, there was talk about the possibility of Black Entertainment Television (BET) picking up the show for a fourth year. The cable-channel has been playing the sitcom repeats and the show fits in with their other programming.

In July, Mowry told TV Guide, “[BET chairman and CEO] Debra Lee is trying everything and anything to make this happen. The Game gets higher ratings than BET’s original programming, and we’ve heard there would be a huge marketing campaign. So I personally believe the show would be taken to another level.”

Would a reduced budget/cast version of The Game be worth watching?

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Unfortunately, there’s been little word of any real progress since then. Last week, rumors started circulating that a deal had been struck between BET and the show’s studio, CBS Television. Unfortunately, they turned out to be false.

Last night, Mowry put the rumors to rest. Via her Twitter account, she wrote, “I am so sorry to tell you this, this whole THE GAME thing getting picked up is NOT true! After talking to agents lawyers etc it is not true.” A deal may still happen but, for the moment, there isn’t one.

When or if a new deal is made, it remains to be seen how it would work. The contracts for the cast and creatives have lapsed so new ones would have to be negotiated. Because BET has less money to spend, they’d likely have to take pay cuts.

On top of that, some of those involved with the show have also moved on to other projects and may not be available. Hall is working on CBS’ new sitcom Accidentally on Purpose, Mowry has several projects in the works, and Akil is part of ABC’s new Cougar Town comedy with Courteney Cox Arquette.

What do you think? Would a fourth season of The Game be worth watching if the budget had to be cut and not all of the principals were involved?

 

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Ella October 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

plz bring d show bk, I miss jason n malik,derwin, tasha mack.we all love d programm in africaaaaaaaaaa.

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Bandy October 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese bring this show back. It’s a great show, and the only focus on black life currently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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reni October 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm

you have to bring it back its so realistic its the story of my life also i think the show can put what i have been sayin to mine the whole time i feel if they (see it they will know) its just a hope that might can help. thanks

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TT October 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE Bring the game back. I LOOOOOOOVE this show. I just feel it was to far from reality. I would love to see how the the characters will turn out especial melanie handling derwin and janay’s baby situation.

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the game October 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

love da show please bring it back

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ilike October 4, 2010 at 10:48 am

bring the show back we love it. its like watchin a soap opera on bet

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priscilla September 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

OMG BRING THE SHOW BCK LOL I WATCH IT ALL THE TIME AND WHEN I HEARD ON THE MONIQUE SHOW THAT YOU GUYS ARE COMING BCK WITH A NEW SEASON IN THE FALL I WAS SO HAPPY AND ITS ALMOST FALL AND I HEAR THIS THAT IT MIGHT NOT COME BCK… PLZ BRING IT BCK…

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Quan September 25, 2010 at 11:40 pm

The Game is a very excellent show. I think a lot of people can relate or learn from it. The show was really starting to pick up and for it to end like this is sad. I really wish they would bring the show back. My favorite couple was Melanie and Derwin they really portrayed a real life day to day couple. It would be very nice to see The Game back in business for a fourth season.

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jadewelch September 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

THIS SHOW IS SO AMAZING IT IS INTENSE FUNNY INTERESTING AND JUST A GREAT SHOW TO WATCH BRING IT BACK BRING IT BACK . ………………..:(:( :):):):)

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Plez come bak i love the fuck outta pooch hall (MARRY ME PLEZ)

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nicki 32 September 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm

i luv that show. It felt good to see nice looking, intelligent black people on televesion again!

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

I wish they would bring this show back!!!

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MsAmbitious24 August 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Please bring back THE GAME….It is an awesome show and I love it!!! I need to know what happens after the wedding, will Tasha and Kelly remain friends after Tasha telling Kelly what she did? Will Kelly and Jason eventually get back together?

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heather August 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm

i love the show it is so real . a lot of people can relate to it i watch every show i wish it would come back on it is the best show to me

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TUTI bad asx August 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

bring idd back

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booboo August 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

i love this show it is so great i watch it erveryday bring it back

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