The Game (U.S. TV series)
|Created by||Mara Brock Akil|
|Theme music composer||
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||147 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 to 24 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV) (2011–2015) 480i (SDTV) (2006–2009)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|First shown in||April 17, 2006|
|Original release||October 1, 2006 – August 5, 2015|
The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime schedule. Along with Runaway, it was one of only two series on the new network not to be inherited from either of its predecessor networks, The WB and UPN, during the network's first season. The series is a spinoff of the long-running UPN/CW sitcom, Girlfriends.
After three seasons, the series was canceled by The CW in May 2009. BET struck a deal with The Game's parent company CBS to develop new episodes of the series, relocating taping of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta, and announcing its renewal at the April 2010 upfronts. The Game returned to the air for a fourth season on January 11, 2011, with a record breaking 7.7 million viewers.
On April 24, 2014, BET announced the eighth season renewal of The Game. On October 6, 2014, BET announced the show that had also been renewed for a ninth, and final, season. The eighth season premiered on January 14, 2015 at 10/9c, and the final season premiered on June 3, 2015 and ended on August 5, 2015.
With the growing success of the UPN sitcom Girlfriends, that show's creator and producers decided to create a spinoff series. On April 17, 2006, a Girlfriends episode called The Game focused on a young woman who decides to put her pending career plans on hold for the rising success of her star athlete boyfriend. The character, Melanie Barnett, was introduced in the episode as the first cousin of Joan Clayton, Girlfriends' principal character.
The episode performed well and gained enough interest for The CW network to pick up The Game as a new series for its fall 2006-07 prime time line-up. Originally, actress Renee Bruce was cast for the role of Melanie but was later replaced with Tia Mowry. Before debuting on The CW, more cast changes occurred. Aldis Hodge and Jennifer Baxter, both of whom appeared in the pilot episode, were replaced by Pooch Hall and Brittany Daniel respectively. Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson were the remaining cast members.
|Title||Original air date|
|133||6.18||"The Game"||April 17, 2006|
Joan Clayton (Tracee Ellis Ross) tries to persuade her cousin, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry), an aspiring med student, to pursue her career in medical school instead of putting her life on hold for her boyfriend (Pooch Hall) and waiting for his career to kick off.Note: This episode served as the backdoor pilot episode for the Girlfriends-spinoff, The Game. Joan Clayton was the lead character of the now-canceled Girlfriends.
As the series premieres, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) is a first-year medical school student who has given up an offer of admission to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore to follow her boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall), a professional football player, to San Diego, against the advice of her parents. Derwin Davis is a first-year rookie with a fictional team called the "San Diego Sabers". As Melanie settles into her new life, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), the mother of Sabers' starting quarterback Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez), and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the then wife of Sabers' captain Jason Pitts (Coby Bell). As she learns to balance her new roles as both med student and the partner of a professional football player, Tasha and Kelly immediately warn her to keep a close eye on her boyfriend because of the numerous "gold diggers" who approach the professional football players. Over time the relationships evolves with the players and the significant others, leading to the series to more focus on their relationships and less on the sport.
- Tia Mowry-Hardrict (season 1−5; special guest in season 9) as Dr. Melanie Barnett-Davis, M.D. - Melanie Barnett-Davis is the show's main protagonist. In season one, Melanie is a medical student who gave up the chance to attend Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to move to San Diego with her boyfriend Derwin Davis while attending a less prestigious medical school in the area. Melanie is the cousin of Los Angeles attorney-turned-restaurateur Joan Clayton (of Girlfriends). In season one, Melanie and Derwin break up due to Derwin's infidelity with singer Drew Sidora, which starts a series of ups-and-downs between the two. In the season three finale, Melanie finally marries Derwin during a private ceremony, after the public ceremony was interrupted by the birth of Derwin's son by his ex-girlfriend Janay. In season five, after confessing that she felt empty being just a housewife despite their wealth and Derwin's success, she decides to pursue her medical career and begin a residency program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Derwin was against it at first but eventually came around. In May 2012 Mowry announced via her Twitter account that she would not be returning to The Game in season six. In the series finale, Melanie made an appearance in where she was pregnant with her & Derwin's twin babies and as the episode closes it's shown that she has had a boy and girl.
- Pooch Hall as Derwin Davis (seasons 1–5; special guest in season 6 and 9) - Derwin Davis is a wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers and husband of Melanie Barnett. In the season one finale, Derwin has an affair with Drew Sidora, and Melanie breaks off the relationship. In the beginning of season 2, after desperately trying to get her back, Derwin acts out against Melanie for a bit until she saves him from a gold digger who tried to "trap" him by getting her pregnant. Derwin and Melanie became cordial for a minute as they both went about their own way & were seeing other people, but a run-in at a grocery store and later at Derwin's apartment on the day of the Super Bowl stirred up their old feelings of love again, as the 2 passionately kiss upon sight the second time. The off field drama didn't affect Derwin's play on the field though, as he became a rising star for the Sabers until he suffered a bad knee injury in a playoff game. In the season two finale, he finds out his ex-girlfriend Janay is pregnant with his baby, and he and Melanie get back together. Derwin ran into some on the field issues (due to his injury, the Sabers considered cutting him for a little while) and off the field issues throughout season 3 (questions about whether he was actually the father of Janay's baby, Melanie and Janay feuding, getting with Melanie but not being all in, Melanie breaking up then getting back with him while having an affair with a handsome doctor, Derwin breaking up and then trying to get with Janay only for the baby's sake, and finally breaking up with Janay and proposing to Melanie). In the season three finale, Derwin's son is born and he finally marries Melanie in a private ceremony. In the fourth season premiere, there are still some questions regarding the true paternity of Derwin's son. Derwin also emerges as a superstar player in season 4, getting numerous endorsement deals, including Nike, and becoming the new face of the Sabers organization. In May 2012, it was announced that Hall would not return to The Game for the sixth season; however in August 2012 it was announced that he would be returning, but Hall would only appear in one episode. In season 6, Derwin was traded to Baltimore in exchange for Blue, who was chosen by Baltimore as the Number 1 Draft Pick. This allowed Derwin to be with Melanie, who is in Baltimore doing her Residency. The trade, however, was not planned by Derwin, but executed by the team owner because Derwin was responsible for the injury of former teammate and quarterback Kwan Kirkland. In the Series Finale, Derwin made an appearance with a pregnant Melanie as the episode closes it's shown that they've had a baby boy & girl.
- Wendy Raquel Robinson as Latasha "Tasha" Mack – Latasha Mack (generally known as Tasha Mack) is the brash, bold, & flamboyant mother of Malik Wright and begins the series as his manager. Malik, giving his mother an ultimatum at one point, eventually fires Tasha. It is then that Tasha builds her own management company, Tasha Mack Management. She dissolves the company, however, to join Irv Smiff Management (ISM). In season three, she falls in love with former NBA player Rick Fox, who also works for ISM. Tasha ends up getting fired from ISM, and dumps Rick in the aftermath, assuming that he knew all about Irv Smith's plans to fire her. In the season three finale, Kelly Pitts and Tasha have a falling-out when Kelly discovers that Tasha set her then ex-husband, Jason Pitts, with his then new girlfriend, Camille. The altercation soon turns physical, with Kelly punching Tasha. Season four started with Tasha as Derwin's agent. She had also begun dating a much younger man named Donté (played by former 106 & Park host Terrence J). In season 5, Tasha decided to be celibate after a brief romance with a male escort (Carl Anthony Payne). She eventually falls for her longtime friend Pookie (Rockmond Dunbar). In the Season 5 finale, her ex-boyfriend Rick Fox returns. In season 6, she appoints herself Sunbeams president due to Jaz arguing with everybody with Tasha and Keira and Chardonnay. At the end of season 7, after breaking up with Pookie (upon Pookie finding out about her affairs with Rick) and later with Rick, she becomes pregnant & delivers a baby girl by Pookie. In the series finale, after revealing the feelings they still had for each other Tasha & Pookie decided to be together & happily moved into their own house with their baby daughter.
- Brittany Daniel as Kelly Pitts (seasons 1–3; recurring season 4, 7–9) – Kelly Pitts is the wife of Jason Pitts, mother of Brittany Pitts, and former President of the Sunbeams. After their relationship gradually became more and more strained in season 2, Kelly and Jason divorced at the beginning of season three. At the start of season 4, it is revealed that Kelly is now a reality TV star, with her own show centered around the ex-wives of professional athletes. Her character was bumped down to recurring in season 4, and her character was effectively written out of the show in season 4 after she stated to Jason that she needed to head back to home to her parents to find herself again. Daniel had made no further appearances in the series after that season. But in season 6, Kelly is heavily mentioned by the remaining characters (especially Tasha). After being referred to a therapist by Kelly, Tasha reveals that Kelly has since moved to Paris. She made her return in season 7. She came to Chardonnay and Jason's wedding where Jason reveals he still loves her, ending the wedding. She and Jason get remarried in season 9.
- Hosea Chanchez as Malik Wright – Malik Wright is the San Diego Sabers superstar quarterback and the son of Tasha Mack. Arrogant and cocky, Malik initially begins the series as an immature womanizer. He falls in love with actress Robin Givens and convinces her to marry him as a publicity stunt. In the beginning, he lived with his mom but eventually gets his own place for the purpose of being able to party every night. He also fired his mom in season 2. In the season 3, he finally meets his father and his half sister, Pucci, whom he tries to help with her singing career. In season 4, Malik is still a cocky, spoiled playboy who is sleeping with the wife of the Sabers' new owner (guest star Meagan Good). Malik gets incarcerated for assaulting a cop and DUI, and goes to rehab to solve his newfound problems. In rehab, he falls for a troubled supermodel Jenna Rice (Tika Sumpter). In season 5, Malik has financial issues and is forced to sell his multimillion-dollar mansion and his cars. The season 5 finale, Malik ends his relationship with Jenna. He seemed to be getting his life together, but then had converted back to his old ways. During the season 6 finale, after Malik lands in the hospital from being beat up by a group of men, he learns he won't have full use of his football arm anymore. In season 7, Malik goes through physical therapy in hopes of getting back into football and falls for his previously lesbian physical therapist Yanna. In the season 7 finale Malik ends his relationship with Yanna. In season 8 Malik rejoins the Sabers, but loses his position as team captain to Blue. In the season 8 finale he and Keira admit their feelings about each other (after being best friends for a long time). In the beginning of season 9 Malik and Keira are in a relationship as he and Blue began feuding, and he becomes the laughing stock of the team . Then, in the next to last episode, Malik breaks up with Keira after realizing he wasn't truly in love with her the way he was with Yanna.(Malik determined this after realizing he wasn't crying after having sex with Keira like he did with Yanna, something he had never felt before then.) Keira responds by slapping him. In the series finale Malik leads the team to the playoffs, he proposes to Keira (who declines), he had plans to retire, but he continues to play, winning another championship with the Sabers.
- Coby Bell as Jason Pitts (seasons 1–3, 6–9; recurring season 4–5) – Jason Pitts is the San Diego Sabers former team captain and superstar wide receiver, later its head coach. He is the husband of Kelly Pitts, although they divorced in season 3. Jason and Kelly have one child, Brittany Pitts. In season 2, realizing that his skills were visibly diminishing, Jason starts using steroids to boost his performance. The Sabers win the championship that year. But once Kelly finds out about his steroid use it puts a strain on their relationship, leading to their divorce in season 3. Jason had a girlfriend briefly in season 3 (guest star Stacey Dash); however, he is single at the beginning of season 4. Jason is officially cut from the Sabers in season 4, and he becomes a correspondent on Benched, a sports news television series hosted by former NBA basketball player Chris Webber. In season 5, he is a correspondent on his own show, The Pitts Stop, and is in a romantic relationship with girlfriend-wife Chardonnay (portrayed by Brandy Norwood). In season 6, Jason makes an attempt at a comeback but suffered a concussion, affecting his playing ability among other things as well. He retires for good at the beginning of season 7. In season 7 Kelly returns and attends the wedding of Chardonnay and Jason (at Chardonnay's request). Jason does not marry Chardonnay, admitting he is still in love with Kelly. In season 8 Jason courts Kelly again (despite her initial reluctance) and is also named interim head coach of the Sabers. He and Kelly remarry in season 9.
- Brandy as Chardonnay Pitts (season 6–9; recurring season 5) – Chardonnay is the ex-wife of Jason Pitts. She and Jason met when goes to the where she bar tends. She refuses to serve Jason, who tells her boss and gets her fired. Feeling bad after he got her fired, Jason takes her on a date. They wind up in Tijuana. Jason gets drunk and Chardonnay tricks him into marrying her to see if he really loves black women. They return to San Diego and decide to get their marriage annulled. In the season 5 finale Chardonnay and Jason decided not to go through with the annulment and stay married. Though they have their ups and downs, everything seems fine between the 2 until Kelly shows up in season 7. Kelly paid off Ty Savage (Jason's former teammate) so he wouldn't reveal Jason's steroid use. This upsets Chardonnay to the point she kicks Jason out of the house. She lets him back in and despite his reveal that he kissed Kelly after visiting her in a hotel, they still plan to get married. But in the season 7 finale, Jason doesn't go through with the wedding, revealing he's still in love with Kelly. Chardonnay slaps Jason and storms off, beside herself. At the beginning of season 8 she goes back to Fresno, saying to Tasha there was nothing left but bad memories in San Diego.
- Lauren London as Keira Michelle Whitaker (season 6–9) – a former child star who starred in a fictional 'Cosby'-esque sitcom called Stuck Together. She is struggling to make the transition from child star to adult. Keira is one of the new characters that was introduced in season 6. Her character does not replace Melanie, but is a new character added into the script. Her love interest is "Bryce 'Blue' Westbrook". The two meet at a party where they hookup. After being shut down by Keira, Blue hooks up with Keira's friend, singer Ciara, making Keira jealous. Blue and Keira try to ignore and anger each other at first, then become cordial, then fall for each other. After Keira loses her virginity to Blue however, they break up due to Blue's insensitivity to it. They still had feelings for each other even while Keira briefly dated an actor named Luke, with whom she had a rather raunchy sex scene in her movie 'Baggers', that she didn't want Blue to see at the premiere. (He saw it from the back.) They break up again. After more ups and downs in season 7, they elope in that season's finale after Blue proposes, skipping Jason and Chardonnay's wedding. In season 8, after being told by several people that she needs to dedicate herself to her craft, she kisses Malik at an audition after they had to be forced to by the acting coach; leading to deeper feelings between the two, who were just best friends before. Blue catches on & breaks off the engagement in season 9 after a huge fight between him and Malik in an elevator. Keira ends up with Malik, at the disapproval of Tasha. In the series finale, after Malik breaks up with Keira, she sleeps with Blue once more, refuses Malik's proposal & she decides to focus on her career. She gets her breakout role.
- Jay Ellis as Bryce "Blueprint" Westbrook (season 6–9) – San Diego Sabers wide receiver and the first overall draft pick from Stanford who is highly educated and often the smartest person in the room. Even though he is bright and talented, he is still a young man who has a lot to learn about life, love and himself. Blue is one of the new characters that was introduced in season 6. His character replaces Derwin Davis as a main character. Blue was traded from Baltimore to San Diego in exchange for Derwin. The two men confront each other at a post-draft party and brawl. That same night he pursues Keira for the first time. They start an on-again, off-again type of relationship throughout the series. Though Blue had his moments where he attempts to act out against Keira when the two weren't together by using women to make her jealous (sleeping with Ciara, bringing her to a group photoshoot, & the party bus episode all in season 6, having an escort with him in the season 7 premiere, having a woman with him in season 9 as he calls off their engagement), he obviously still loves Keira. In season 7 Jason chastises Blue for not being focused due to his off the field distractions. Blue takes initiative and eventually becomes team captain in season 8. In season 9 he led a protest against Saber management that cost him a couple of games, though the Sabers would eventually win the championship in the series finale.
- Barry Floyd as Terrence "Tee-Tee" Carter - Malik's childhood friend, former assistant, and owner of Tee Tee's Cluck Truck. (Seasons 1-9)
- Erica Gluck (Seasons 1-3) / Katlynn Simone (Seasons 4-9) as Brittany Pitts - daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts.
- P. J. Byrne as Irv Smiff - Owner of Irv Smiff Management (ISM). (Seasons 1-3, 5, 9)
- Bumper Robinson as Juvon Glenn - San Diego Sabers' Running Back and husband of Jazz. (Seasons 1, 3-6, 8-9)
- Shanti Lowry as Dionne Marie Taylor - Derwin's former publicist and Melanie's previous roommate. (Seasons 1-3, 8)
- Gregory Alan Williams as Dr. James Barnett - Melanie's father. (Seasons 1, 3-4)
- Claudette Roche as Grace Barnett - Melanie's mother. (Seasons 1, 3-4)
- Tahj Mowry as Cameron Barnett - Melanie's brother. (Season 1, 3)
- Drew Sidora as herself — singer; Derwin's brief love interest. (Seasons 1-2)
- Rocky Carroll as Kenny "Coach T" Taylor - offensive coordinator of the San Diego Sabers; Tasha's brief love interest. (Seasons 1-2)
- Caryn Ward as Erica Harrison (Seasons 1-4, 8)
- Kendra C. Johnson as Renee Royce - TV personality and one of Malik's love interests. (Seasons 1-2)
- Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Trey Wiggs - Melanie's college friend and father of Melanie's aborted baby. (Seasons 1-2, 5)
- Rick Fox as himself — former NBA basketball player; Tasha's co-worker and eventual love interest. (Seasons 2-3, 5-6, 9)
- Robin Givens as herself — actress; Malik's ex-wife. (Seasons 2-3)
- Tae Heckard as Jasmine "Jazz" - the former Sunbeams President and Wife of San Diego Sabers' Running Back Juvon (Seasons 2-6, 8-9)
- Gabrielle Dennis as Janay Brice - Derwin's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son. In season 5, it was revealed that she is engaged to a man named Noah and decided to take her son DJ and move to New York with her fiance. (Seasons 2-5)
- Lee Majors as Coach Ross - coach of the San Diego Sabers. (Seasons 2-3)
- Mehcad Brooks as Jerome - Melanie's ex-boyfriend. (Seasons 2-3)
- Jason Olive as McHottie - Melanie's love interest in medical school. (Season 3, 5)
- Michael Boatman as Lawrence Chauncey Wright - Malik's father. (Season 3)
- Lisa Tucker as Pucci Wright - Malik's half-sister. (Season 3)
- Stacey Dash as Camille Rose - Jason's ex-girlfriend. (Seasons 3-4)
- Rockmond Dunbar as Pookie - Ex-con; Tasha's old friend and eventual love interest. He is the father of Tasha's newborn baby. It is revealed his real name is Marion. (Seasons 3, 5-9)
- Michael Beach as Roger Keith - Owner of San Diego Sabers. (Seasons 4-6, 8-9)
- Terrence Jenkins as Donté - the younger ex-boyfriend of Tasha. (Season 4)
- Chris Webber as himself — former NBA basketball player; Jason's co-host on the sports news television series Benched. (Season 4)
- Tika Sumpter as Jenna Rice - Super Model; Malik met Jenna in Rehab; later Malik's love interest. (Seasons 4-5)
- Meagan Good as Parker Keith - The wife of Roger Keith; had an affair with Malik. (Season 4)
- Jigga as Bibs - Malik's bodyguard. (Seasons 4-9)
- Isley Anderson as D.J. - Derwin and Janay's son (Seasons 4-5)
- Charles Michael Davis as Kwan Kirkland - the San Diego Saber's former quarterback. (Seasons 4-5)
- Janet Varney as Summer Grayson - co-host of The Pitts Stop. (Season 5)
- Ciara as Herself — singer; friend of Keira; she hooked up with Blue. (Season 6)
- Candice Patton as Tori - Malik's personal assistant. (Season 6)
- LaMonica Garrett as Luke Rogers (Season 6)
- Miranda Rae Mayo as Patreece Sheibani (Season 6)
- Carissa Capobianco as Nina - Malik's girlfriend; friend of Keira. (Seasons 6-7)
- Hayley Marie Norman as Bianca (Season 6)
- Danielle Nicolet as Yana - A physical therapist who agrees to help Malik recuperate from his injured arm. (Season 7-9)
- Andra Fuller as Roger Keith, Jr. - The son of Sabers owner Roger Keith. (Seasons 9)
Special guest appearances
- Jared Allen
- Tichina Arnold
- Nnamdi Asomugha
- Rob Base
- Chico Benymon
- Derek Blanks
- Mary J. Blige
- Tisha Campbell-Martin
- Mariah Carey
- Morris Chestnut
- Sean "Diddy" Combs
- Loretta Devine
- Dustin Diamond
- Christopher B. Duncan
- Selita Ebanks
- Raymond Edwards, Jr.
- David Eigenberg
- Carmen Electra
- Faith Evans
- Melyssa Ford
- Scott Michael Foster
- Vivica A. Fox
- Tomiko Fraser
- Kevin Frazier
- Rudy Gay
- Reagan Gomez-Preston
- Tiffany Haddish
- Irma P. Hall
- Cory Hardrict
- Hill Harper
- Napoleon Harris
- Jamie Hector
- Jim Hill
- Jennifer Hudson
- Daymond John
- Magic Johnson
- Shawn Johnson
- Mike Jones
- Leslie Jordan
- Solange Knowles
- Queen Latifah
- Martin Lawrence
- NeNe Leakes
- Lisa Leslie
- Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
- Lil' Kim
- Lil' Romeo
- Nia Long
- Jennifer Lopez
- Eva Marcille
- Shawn Marion
- Penny Marshall
- Duane Martin
- Willie McGinest
- Lonette McKee
- Daryl Mitchell
- Kel Mitchell
- Shemar Moore
- Tamera Mowry
- Tahj Mowry
- Bria Murphy
- Navid Negahban
- Elimu Nelson
- Chad Ochocinco
- Keke Palmer
- Hayden Panettiere
- Carl Anthony Payne II
- Mario Van Peebles
- Shaun Phillips
- Eyal Podell
- Kyla Pratt
- The Pussycat Dolls
- Jerry Rice
- Emma Roberts
- Charles Robinson
- Jalen Rose
- Kelly Rowland
- Ephraim Salaam
- Drew Sidora
- Jessica Simpson
- John Singleton
- Kenny Smith
- Tasha Smith
- Soulja Boy
- Britney Spears
- Joss Stone
- Keith Sweat
- Nick Swisher
- Kenan Thompson
- Ashley Tisdale
- Too Short
- Lisa Tucker
- Michael Twombley
- Gabrielle Union
- Chris Webber
- Serena Williams
- Stevie Williams
- Tyler James Williams
- Vanessa L. Williams
- Amy Winehouse
- Kellen Winslow II
- Jaleel White
- Shereé Whitfield
- William Allen Young
Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of The Game on The CW. When The Game transferred from the CW to BET, it acquired 7.7 million viewers, which was a record for a scripted premiere on BET.
|Season||Network||Timeslot (ET)||Season premiere||Viewers
|TV season||Rank||Viewers (in millions)|
|1||The CW||Sunday 8:30 p.m. (2006) Monday 9:30 p.m. (2006–2007)||October 1, 2006||2.60||May 14, 2007||2.51||0.9||2006–2007||#141||2.33|
|2||Monday 9:30 p.m. (2007–2008) Sunday 9:00 p.m. (2008)||October 1, 2007||2.98||1.4||May 18, 2008||1.62||0.8||2007–2008||#196||2.35|
|3||Friday 8:30 p.m. (2008–2009)||October 3, 2008||1.95||May 15, 2009||1.78||1.2||2008–2009||#174||1.75|
|4||BET||Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2011)||January 11, 2011||7.68||3.6||March 29, 2011||4.43||2.2||2010-2011||N/A||4.53|
|5||Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2012)||January 10, 2012||5.28||2.8||June 5, 2012||2.49||1.3||2011-2012||N/A||2.69|
|6||Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2013)||March 26, 2013||2.54||1.2||September 3, 2013||3.77||1.9||2012-2013||N/A||3.35|
|7||Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2014)||March 4, 2014||3.35||1.6||April 29, 2014||2.53||1.2||2013-2014||N/A||3.35|
|8||Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (2014)||January 14, 2015||3.13 ||1.1||March 4, 2015||2015 -||N/A||TBA|
|9||Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (2015)||June 3, 2015 ||August 5, 2015|
In September 2006, writer Staci Robinson filed a $40 million lawsuit against the CW, CBS, Warner Bros., and Grammnet Productions for copyright infringement. Robinson claimed that she had applied for a job as writer's assistant in 2005 with series creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil, to whom Robinson had subsequently sent her novel, Interceptions. The novel is about a woman who decides to put her goal of becoming a lawyer on hold to follow her boyfriend as he pursues a career as a professional football player. After receiving the novel, Robinson was interviewed for the job but later declined the position. Robinson alleged that Akil and a CW screenwriter stole the idea from her novel to create the series. The suit was settled out of court under a non-disclosure agreement in September 2007.
Cancellation and revival
As the CW began abandoning half-hour comedies from its schedule, series creator Mara Brock Akil attempted to convince the network to air the series as an hour-long, single-camera series like the other shows on the network. The principal cast of the show launched a viral campaign called "Change the Game Campaign" on YouTube, asking fans to sign the CW message board. Ultimately, despite the campaign crashing the message board servers, Entertainment Weekly announced on May 20, 2009 that the series was officially canceled, not only due to declining ratings, but also budget cut issues.
On April 4, 2010, The Hollywood Reporter reported that BET, which airs the series in syndication, was close to finalizing a deal to produce new episodes of the series. BET announced the deal during its upfronts in April 2010. Series creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil was expected to return, along with all of the principal cast members. New episodes began airing on BET on January 11, 2011. The premiere drew 7.7 million viewers, making it the biggest ad-supported sitcom telecast in the history of cable. Stacey Mattocks is credited with creating the Facebook fan page for The Game. Upon finding her, BET hired Stacey to run the fan page which at last count was at 6.7 million fans.
Hosea Chanchez officially announced at the 2011 BET Awards that the show would begin its fifth season in 2012. The fifth season premiered on January 10, 2012. Tia Mowry-Hardrict announced via Twitter that she would not be returning to the series. In June 2012, it was confirmed that actress Lauren London and actor Jay Ellis had joined the cast as series regulars.
In April 2013, it was announced that The Game has been renewed for a seventh season. The seventh season premiered on March 4, 2014. In 2014 BET said that the series would end in 2015. On June 3, 2015 the final season premiered.
Awards and nominations
|2007||NAACP Image Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series||Kenny Smith, Jr. (for "The Trey Wiggs Episode")|
|2008||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series||Sara V. Finney (for "The Big Chill" episode)|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Wendy Raquel Robinson|
|Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Tia Mowry|
|2009||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Wendy Raquel Robinson|
|Outstanding Comedy Series||–|
|Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Tia Mowry|
|Won||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series||Erica Montolfo (for episode "White Coats and White Lies")|
|2009||NAMIC Vision Awards||Nominated||Comedy||–|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated||Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Tia Mowry|
- Season releases
|The First Season|
|Set details||Special features|
|United States (Region 1)|
|September 1, 2009|
Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are also available in the United States and Canada.
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