BET has announced that we will all be treated to the continued comedy and drama of Melanie, Derwin and the crew because The Game will return to the network for a sixth season. Just for a little perspective, Tia Mowry’s first sitcom Sister, Sister, also aired for six seasons, while Girlfriends, the parent show of The Game, aired for eight.

Sitcoms have a pretty reliable cycle. First they start off rocky and a little bit uncertain. Then, the cast, crew, and writers get their rhythm together and start working well in unison, leading to a pretty good show. Next everyone starts really nailing it, buzz spreads, and the show becomes a phenomenon. For The Game, right here is where things seemed to suddenly end — when the show was cancelled by the CW in 2009. After a long and vigorous campaign from fans the show was brought back for a fourth season by BET.

The viewership was record-breaking — The Game‘s season four premiere is still the top-rated ad-supported sitcom broadcast in cable history. At the same time, the trash-talking was extensive. I’d never seen people so openly call a show garbage while continuing to watch it, a reaction likely due to some character and plot changes that turned viewers off. As the first BET season wore on, viewership, which could never match that of the premiere, declined. I won’t mince words…this is when I kind of stopped watching. I no longer recognized the beloved characters from seasons 1-3, and was turned of by some of the messages about women that the show seemed bent on pressing.

Sitcoms have one final stage — jumping the shark, losing your attention, and going off the air. Sometimes there is one specific plot twist that makes everyone groan and declare that the show has lost its magic, other times the message of the show just gets tired and there are more interesting characters to follow on other shows. Does that apply to The Game? The show will be back for another season no matter what, but practically speaking, is it time to put this saga to an end?

What do you think? Are you looking forward to a sixth season of The Game?

  • http://stephanietalktome.blogspot.com Stephanie

    I watch the game just to make sure that I don’t miss anything. Last night I barely watched it at all. It’s no longer comedy like it used to be. It’s just drama. But the drama is so serious sometimes.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    needs better writing, badly!

  • slim

    i still continue to watch and support it. it’s not the same, but it’s not terrible either. bring back kelly pitts! not the short hair, up the club p-poppy with fabolous kelly either. and i see what they are trying to do, with conveying a message with every episode but it’s too much

  • Candy 1

    It just isn’t that good anymore. I think they deserve another season to fix the writing, plot and character issues, but if they can’t get it right after the 6th season, I think it is time to sum it up and call it quits.

  • Mina

    Yes I agree! The show is no longer comedy or even funny. When I watch it, I rarely laugh either because it’s so corny now and more dramatic. I wish they would go back to being a comedy instead of a dramaedy. It’s not working out and they’re losing viewers. Another thing I don’t like is how they’ve made Melanie. They made her into a rich, snobby, bitch who’s bougie like her parents now. She never had an attitude problem or a bitch fit but that’s all they’re doing to her. In the next episode, she says her loyalty will always be to Kelly. Like who the f*ck is she supposed to be now, a mean girl? I think they need to bring Kelly back so she can play the mean, but lovable, popular girl. Another thing is they need to give Tasha Mack a stable relationship. And they need to replace the Britney girl and make her cute and innocent again. Also less Janay-Derwin issues. I don’t give a crap about her.

  • Mia

    Yes I agree! The show is no longer comedy or even funny. When I watch it, I rarely laugh either because it’s so corny now and more dramatic. I wish they would go back to being a comedy instead of a dramaedy. It’s not working out and they’re losing viewers. Another thing I don’t like is how they’ve made Melanie. They made her into a rich, snobby, bitch who’s bougie like her parents now. She never had an attitude problem or a bitch fit but that’s all they’re doing to her. In the next episode, she says her loyalty will always be to Kelly. Like who the f*ck is she supposed to be now, a mean girl? I think they need to bring Kelly back so she can play the mean, but lovable, popular girl. Another thing is they need to give Tasha Mack a stable relationship. And they need to replace the Britney girl and make her cute and innocent again. Also less Janay-Derwin issues. I don’t give a crap about her.

  • shadow

    Sad to say I will not be watching the sixth season. They lost me at the end of the fourth season, didn’t watch any of the fifth season, just kinda heard from friends what was going on and wasn’t told anything that caught my interest to tune back in. I liked it more as a comedy, that’s what really kept my attention, the drama just got to be way too much.

  • Gina

    I won’t be watching. I was only tuning in sporadically–the writing last yr left much to be desired, and the few minutes I saw this year were disheartening. After Tee-tee approached a sister with a short TWA and said that his “African animalistic instincts” made him prefer Alek Wek to Tyra, I was sooo done. Add that to Tasha talking about how black women are desperate, and it shows that “The Game’s” current crop of writers don’t respect black women.

  • http://www.aworknprogress.com Diana

    I agree! I DVR it and then watch so I can fast forward through commercials and last night it was just background noise for me. I think they need to give it up, turn it loose!

  • df

    i don’t watch, used to years ago (also i believe all the previous CW seasons are on Netflix) but I just saw a preview on BET while watching My wife and kids and derwin and melanie looked so UNHAPPY with each other. When did this happen? Actually, everyone looked unhappy, it looks soul crushing now.

    Is this their idea of what it means when time passes and we enter different stages in our lives? We become less happy with our loved ones and in our personal relationships?

  • df

    “After Tee-tee approached a sister with a short TWA and said that his “African animalistic instincts” made him prefer Alek Wek to Tyra, I was sooo done.”

    Wow. I’m convinced BET just loves to make black people look bad.

  • Candy 1

    Wow, I didn’t see that episode. I take back my comment about them having another season. They need to give this show the ax.

  • Geri

    They need better writers..better yet hire all the people that was behind them at the CW.

  • RightOn

    They can’t afford them :(

  • http://www.artculturemusiclove.com Nikki

    I think it’s about time that the saga came to an end. As far as I’m concerned it’s nothing but coonery and buffonery at its best.

  • Tami

    I will be watching…I am willing to give The Game another chance. I want to see Jason’s & Chardonnay’s relationship develop. I don’t like how they made Melanie either, but perhaps the writers will read some of the viewer comments & take note.

  • pink

    Nikki: You sound like Spike Lee, and must be old school. What young person uses the terms coonery and buffonery. Besides…..lighten up…it’s just a TV show; not a life changing experience. Don’t take it so serious.

  • pink

    I wish Tasha Mac would get her own spin off show. She makes me laugh. Humor, and laughter lightens the heart.

  • Leelee

    To me it seems like all of the episodes have been Melanie messing up and Derwin trying to figure out how to get over it, saying things like “Everyone asks me why I’m with you and I wonder too”….

  • Chrys Miller

    I am glad that the Game is being renewed for another season to give the writers a new chance but honestly I think that the comeback has been less than exciting. No offense to anyone but the whole ghetto fabulous theme written in this season with “Chardonnay” and Tasha Mack characters is a little too much and not funny. I don’t think that is the way to go. I think it is poorly written. Jason and Chardonnay? And he visits his so called wife in a little tiny apartment…a former NFL player and a sports caster does this? Really? And if Melanie and Derwin split up after all the seasons of breaking up and getting back together then the show needs to end because they are really the focus. If they break up what is there to watch, surely NOT Jason and Wine Cooler!!!

  • Tim Simmons

    I really love the show and I specially like Tasha Mack I wish I could meet her 1 day

  • lena

    Nope can’t believe tia will not be on season six..

  • Janice

    The whole Chardonnay thing does turn the show into a complete bore. She’s a bartender and is acting like she doesnt want Jason to give her a car. Cmon??!! It doesn’t make sense. And the fact that Malik doesn’t drink anymore is really boring. His whole character became unhappy. No one wants to see Brandy anymore.

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