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The Game: Will the CW Sitcom Survive or Be Cancelled?

The GameWhile it’s looking less and less likely that the CW will renew The Game sitcom for a fourth year, series creator Mara Brock Akil is apparently interesting in changing the show in order to score a renewal. Is it a winning strategy?

The Game is a spin-off of the Girlfriends, the once successful sitcom that ended abruptly last season. Premiering in 2006, The Game revolves around Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry), a first year medical student who gives up her school plans to follow her professional football playing boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall). Others in the cast include Brittany Daniel, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson.

In its first season, The Game averaged 2.3 million viewers each week. For season two, the ratings dropped to 2.07 million and a .96 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This season, CW execs have stranded the series in a little-watched Friday night timeslot. It’s fallen to an average of 1.68 million viewers and a tiny 0.7 rating in the demo.

Along with fellow sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, The Game hasn’t exactly been a ratings powerhouse. It looks very likely that Chris will be cancelled in May but will have 88 episodes, enough for a syndication run that’s scheduled to start on Nick at Nite this Fall. In contrast, The Game will only have 64 episodes.

A renewal for The Game would create a programming conundrum for the CW. With no other half-hour programs in development, they’d have an orphan half-hour in their timeslot to fill.

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The Hollywood Reporter says that one possible solution would be to turn The Game into an hour-long dramedy. The change wouldn’t be a big stretch since the sitcom doesn’t use a studio audience and already mixes comedy with drama. Akil is expected to pitch the idea to the network sometime this week.

The plan is considered a longshot at best considering The Game’s weak ratings and the fact that it doesn’t mesh well with the network’s upcoming slate of dramas. Switching time formats could also cause a problem in syndication, unless each of the hour episodes could be cut into two 30 minute installments.

If the CW network ultimately passes on renewing The Game, the show could still continue. In February, the BET cable channel signed a syndication deal to air the first three seasons. At the time, Barbara Zaneri, BET’s Executive VP of Acquisitions, told Variety, “This [show] is something I went after the minute I got to BET. Not only does it have really fresh African-American stars, but it has a great lineup of guest stars. People like Robin Givens and Vivica Fox — these are people who are regularly on our network.”

It’s been reported (and Mowry recently confirmed) that BET execs have discussed with CBS the possibility of funding a fourth year. The deal would likely entail some cost-cutting to make the deal affordable for the cable channel but it’s in CBS’ best interests to make it work.

Will the show get some “extra innings” or is The Game over? We’ll likely have to wait until May 21st to find out for sure.

 

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Angela Davis May 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

Puh-lease don’t cancel The Game! I like how real the actors and their characters are. Unlike other comedies, real life situations are presented allowing viewers to empathize much easier by relating to the intricacies of real life drama.

It also allows persons who are not as fortunate to take a closer look into the lives of famous and popular athletes by seeing how they live with their families.

Angela,
Nassau, Bahamas

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Casey May 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Plz bring back the game it’s the best show ever!!!!

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tamara May 6, 2010 at 6:25 am

please don’t stop the show i love that show but how u go stop right in the middle of it all one of the best parts. everyone loves this show n u go stop it now

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Kbrezzy May 6, 2010 at 12:38 am

PLEASE BRING IT BACK…I LOVE THIS SHOW I WOULD WATCH IT ON ANY CHANNEL I DON’T CARE AS LONG AS THEY BRING IT BACK…

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Karina De La Cruz May 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

i love this show, very funny and real….

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miss R April 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I hope and pray that there is another season of the game. the cw should feel stupid for not wanting another season aired on their tv station. but oh well BET is about to be doing it up now if they do decide to continue with it. Very smart move.

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CHAZMINE April 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I LOVE THE GAME

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Anonymous April 29, 2010 at 6:39 am

I love this show so much .. Please make another season! I can’ t live without this show and I want to see what happens next! I always watch the reruns but i want to see more! This is the best show ever !!!

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Rachel April 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I have to agree with everybody I’m addicted to the show, it’s so good I still watch the reruns on BET

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jenae April 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

THE GAME!!!!!!! LOL

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jenae April 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

OMG!!!! Im in LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE with Derwin!!! Please dont take him away from me!!!….Seriously though, The Game was one of those shows that you just HAD to watch. I do hope that there will be, not just one more season, but LOTS more!!! Im a BIIIIIIG fan of he Game!!

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Leah April 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

PLEASE PLEASE DONT TAKE THE GAME OFF AIR I WATCH THAT EVERY MORNING WHEN I WAKE UP. IM IN LOVE WITH THE SHOW I DONT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT THE SHOW I HAVE WATCHED IT SO MUCH THAT I KNOW ALMOST EVERYONE OF THEM SHOWS IN MY SLEEP SO PLEASE DONT TAKE IT AWAY KEEP THEM COMING.

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Doris March 25, 2010 at 6:47 am

Please let it come back on I just started getting in to it on BET. I love that show so much!!! It’s the best show out right now, I don’t think it could get any better, I’m telling you it would blow the ratings, everyone loves it!!!! I’m so excited I hope to see all the ladies do their thing. Please have the same cast nothing different keep things the same. It was an excellent show I don’t know why i didn’t watch it before, but I will this time!!!

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Helen C March 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Please PLEASE! Do not cancel my favorite show!!!!!

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cheyenne March 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

i agree with mostly everyone on this page, the game is the greatest show ive ever watched! it makes me laugh and cry! i never saw a show that good, and im pretty sure that there will never be a show as good as the game! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make more episodes. me and millions of other people would love to keep watching this for a couple more years! PLEASE and THANK YOU

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