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.”

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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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  1. treneshia aka trey says

    I 2 love da game…i also have a few comments.. funny story..i got my fiance n2 watchn da show..crazy dat he thought i was look who talkn now…n e wayz..da new melanie & derwin i love da whole connection & now they tryn 2 make der own family, hopefully they can all c i 2 i, janay included..a real sister..& dont dog kelly & jason, i hav high hopes 4 dem, pucci i hope she blooms, tasha mack stay true..u my girl, malik i hope he & his girl get back 2gether w her beatn parkers offense meagan g..great actress..hopefully after da season finale..they can come w another season come w a new season..or u will c me but 4real come w another season..i will stop @ nothin 2 c my show, as long as im off on tuesdays..ha

  2. Williams says

    I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve the Game . I want Tasha Mack to have a man now.
    And i think Kelly and Jason should get back together . Finally they are on speaking ground now. I understand Kelly I too had a good man and let him got away.
    I want to see more of the Game

  3. janis says

    The Game is one of the best shows on Bet. I can relate to the chracters and the situations.
    I believe with all the resources out there we need to unite and keep The Game on Bet. Especially, as people of color there is a lot of super stars with money to make this happen.
    Please don’t let this opportunity slip away. CW lost is Bet gain. Now let’s make this happen!!!!!!!

  4. Big Al says

    I love the new March 2011 episodes of The Game because I like seeing all the other characters on the show instead of that Kelly and Jason,I’m so sick of them. Pleases have your writrers cultivate Melanie and Derwins relationship and show MORE of this good lookin couple.

  5. says

    i lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve the game i watch it ever day i lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve the game sososososososo much.

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  7. peaches says

    thx BET for bringing this positive show back. i’ve looked at all the reruns and will be watching tues night for the new show

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