Games People Play (2019 TV series)

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Games People Play
Based onGames Divas Play
by Angela Burt-Murray
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3—4
Executive producer(s)
  • Tracey Edmonds
  • Angela Burt-Murray
  • Vanessa Middleton
  • Kim Newton
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Edmonds Entertainment
STX Entertainment
Original networkBET
Original releaseApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)

Games People Play is an American drama television series, based on the novel ”Games Divas Play” written by Angela Burt-Murray, that premiered on April 23, 2019 on BET.[1]


Games People Play takes place "inside the high-stakes world of professional sports where everyone plays to win. With an ensemble cast of dynamic characters including an ambitious reporter, a millionaire basketball player, a desperate housewife, a scandalous groupie, and a murderous stalker, the series follows three women Nia, Vanessa and Laila and the men in their lives. In a ruthless battle for success, these women’s passions and motivations are seldom altruistic, but their life choices and drive will determine what it really takes to stay on top."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Lauren London as Vanessa King, a desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family
  • Parker McKenna Posey as Laila James, a scandalous groupie looking to become a star
  • Karen Obilom as Nia Bullock, a tenacious reporter struggling to rebuild her tarnished career
  • Sarunas J. Jackson as Marques King, an all star baller married to Vanessa whose inability to resist temptation causes irreparable damage to his marriage
  • Jackie Long as Kareem Johnson, Marquis’ best friend and assistant, who was a former college basketball standout destined for fame and fortune


  • Barry Brewer as Eric Rowland, Nia’s live-in boyfriend, an IT nerd
  • Kendall Kyndall as MJ Jackson, Nia’s assistant
  • Morgan Walsh as Ginger Gates
  • Monti Washington as Terrence Abrams, Nia’s ex boyfriend who wants to pick up where they left off when Nia moves to Los Angeles
  • Shaun Robinson as Kris Kensington
  • Rachel Leyco as Susie Q (A.K.A. Natasha), Laila's friend


No.Title [3]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [3]US viewers
1"Pilot"Janice Cook[4]Vanessa Middleton[5]April 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)N/A
2"Lover's Moon"Queen NaijaNipsey HussleApril 30, 2019 (2019-04-30)TBD
3"The Drink of Kings"TBATBAMay 7, 2019 (2019-05-07)TBD



On April 17, 2018, it was announced that BET had the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Executive producers were set to include Tracey Edmonds, Angela Burt-Murray, and Vanessa Middleton, who was also expected to act as showrunner. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Edmonds Entertainment.[2][6] On December 6, 2018, it was reported that Middleton would write the pilot episode of the series and serve as a co-showrunner alongside Kim Newton, who will also executive produce.[5] On January 31, 2019, it was announced that the series had been retitled Games People Play.[4] On April 1, 2019, it was announced that the series will premiere on April 23, 2019.[1]


On December 6, 2018, it was announced that Lauren London, Parker McKenna Posey, and Karen Obilom had been cast in leading roles.[5] On January 31, 2019, it was reported that Sarunas J. Jackson and Jackie Long had joined the main cast and that Barry Brewer and Kendall Kyndall would appear in a recurring capacity.[4]


Principal photography for the series commenced on November 29, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.[5]


  1. ^ a b "As One Saga Ends, Another Begins During a Monumental Tuesday Night on BET". The Futon Critic. April 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (April 17, 2018). "BET's 2018-19 Slate Features New Scripted Shows, Docuseries, Specials & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Games People Play – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (January 31, 2019). "'Games People Play': Sarunas J. Jackson & Jackie Long To Star In BET Drama Series; Barry Brewer, Kendall Kyndall To Recur". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Petski, Denise (December 6, 2018). "'Games Divas Play': Lauren London, Parker McKenna Posey & Karen Obilom To Star In Tracey Edmonds' BET Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 17, 2018). "BET Upfront Slate Features 'Dream Team,' '90s Girl Group Docuseries". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

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