“The Game” is Back: Will You Be Watching?

by Evette Dionne

The Game Season 6

BET’s “The Game” will kick off its sixth season on March 26. It will also be the show’s 100th episode, marking a transition in plot and character dynamics. Tia Mowry-Hardict (Melanie Barnett-Davis), Pooch Hall (Derwin Davis) and Brittany Daniel (Kelly TK) have been ousted from Sunbeam-Sabers Island. Lauren London, Jay Ellis and season five staple, Brandy Norwood, will fill their pumps and cleats.

However, the sudden removal of the lead characters has deflated some of the anticipation for the premiere. “The Game”  writers hope to recoup these losses by phasing out Hall’s character on the first episode of the new season and immediately introducing Bryce “Blue” Westbook (Ellis).

“The Game” has lost the sizzle that attracted a dedicated viewership in the beginning. The sudden exit of the two central characters (Melanie and Derwin) is the removal of another brick from a crumbling castle. Despite the fans lost due to Mowry-Hardict and Hall’s departures, BET is still investing time, effort and monies into making season six a success. Promotional photos have been released and slated guest stars include Ciara.

I’ll be settling for re-runs of seasons one through three on Netflix.

Will you be watching “The Game?”

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  • IsaidIt

    BET got their hands on this show and messed it up. No Melanie or Derwin… I won’t be tuning in.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    Why won’t this show just die……

  • CCN

    I don’t like that they added London, I’m totally not a fan her (talk about ratchet). I know the writing went downhill when they got on BET. Man, if it weren’t for them being in BET I’d give it a chance, just because I like Tasha Mack’s character, the light skinned dude’s character and Brandy.

    But I’m not supporting anything BET affiliated.

  • Fa

    And when we don’t watch it or boycott by watching re-runs and it gets cancelled we’ll then complain about the lack of diversity on tv, or why Girls has no Black people. Come on people!

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    Never got into this show in the first place; no need to hop on a sinking ship.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    Cause they petitioned to keep it alive. The irony!

  • http://gravatar.com/ceecollegegal CeeCee

    I stopped watching this show when it moved to BET.

  • Ashley.

    So no more Derwin & Melanie,means no more Janay & Trey Wiggs, and that was def one of the better storylines of the whole show. BET didnt know how to not fix something that wasn’t broken. I’d rather no more of The Game, than this poorly written, stereotype filled mess it’s become.

  • dee

    Now they’ve gotten rid of the main characters they’ve gotten rid of the central story line that really tied together and started the show. I feel like after the show moved to BET I felt like they started giving each character a story line and then tried to give each story line the same level of importance, which I can’t stand.

    I will be tuning into the first episode to see how it goes this season, you never know maybe they’ve made some changes to the story that could be for the better. If not though I can’t watch anymore.

  • The Artist

    BET absolutely destroyed this show…one week it’s a comedy..the next a comedic-soap hindering on tragedy. And…did they even bother to research the characters before putting the pen to paper.

  • Keshia

    I’ll pass I don’t like bet and I have never liked this silly show

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Honestly no, I am not interested in this season and almost forgot it was starting back up again. I think BET was slowly trying to change it how they wanted too from the get go so no…as mentioned Derwin and Melanie was the anchor that brought everything together and their relationship/chemistry (not only with each other but the other characters) made me watch.

  • seriously?

    The game coming back on? Omg I will so not watch it! I didn’t even watch it when it got to BET and after I heard all the changes they did then, glad I didn’t -and to top it they decide to remove the whole reason for the concept of the show, aka a story around the main protagonists, this just solidify the “never watching now ” plan

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    why won’t BET pay for good writers?

  • Mademoiselle

    I guess kudos to the newly added actors, but I don’t recognize half the characters, and I don’t feel like playing catch up (although, I’m sure if I did, I could probably catch some of the bajillion reruns BET is probably already playing in preparation for the premiere).

  • a

    The sad thing is that without BET there would be no place on the television landscape where you can see attractive black couples. It seems that writers blieve it is necessary to pair every sexy black woman and black man with a caucasion. I know that many black people are ecstatic about this but I find it to be disturbing. The producers of Luther have announced that the white actress Sienna Guillory will play Idris Elba’s love interest in the next installment of the show. If I didn’t know better I would think that there was some not so subtle social engineeing going on.

  • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

    Taking away Melanie and Derwin is like removing a brick? Try more like removing the whole dang castle and leaving behind a random tower!!! I honestly have no inclination to watch and i looooooooooooooooooooooved The Game. Even if Melanie and Derwin were still going to be there, the show has gone ridiculously downhill since BET took over. While i do kinda like the Jason/Chardonnay (sp?) storyline, i don’t like it enough to be bothered watching religiously like i used to. It would have to take something huge to get me anywhere near the excitement i once had for the show.

  • Constant Truth

    I agree. Something huge like getting Melanie and Derwin back!

  • junebug

    BET is not the only network that chooses to showcase black couples. If a white, co-owned, The CW can manage to conjure up a show like The Game, I’m pretty sure there are other platforms to showcase black couples in this type of light. It is ultimately up to the major enterprises to showcase ideas that fit their identity and brand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nieshag Niesha Gourdine

    no, its dated… they just need to give it up already…its just not that type of show.. but the first 3 seasons was good though..

  • Anon

    Well, BET is guilty of black and biracial (specially actors who are part/half white) couple paring which is just as bad. It’s still perpetuates white hegemony when participial white identified people are involved.

    THey replaced a half white actress with another half white actress, even though she’s darker in hue and ghetto trash in real life, she’s still half white.

    Would they cast a “Fantasia” to replace Mowry?

    These people are not slick!

  • Anon

    I want to see more diversity – a show with an all black family, ALL black, cast with actors who are black/black parented, multi-generationally so, without any racial dubiousness. There is nothing like that on tv right now. Or, an all dark skinned family.

    We can keep the current type shows, but just add more variety on tv.

  • Blasè

    love the promo though. everybody looks great.

  • ChaCha1

    There is that show, Let’s Stay Together…but a lot of people seem to not like that show (I do, though). But I’d like to see something that fits that description that is well written *and* popular.

  • Wanda

    My daughter and I enjoyed the writing on this show until it became a BET property.

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Lillian Mae

    Oh please! it was boycotted when the writing was at its peak! If it were canceled at this point, no one would care.

  • Ms. Write

    Sorry, but that line up looks corny. If 90% of your orignial cast is gone, including the two main characters of the show, it is indeed time to just hang it up. But I guess the ratings will speak for themselves….Personally, I haven’t watched an episode since Season 4. The writing just went downhill after Season 3.

  • http://gravatar.com/beejcee beejcee

    Me being mature in age black woman I find it hard to find shows on television that didn’t make me clutch my pearls or just plain mad at how the black characters were written, but I found watching the show “Girlfriends” had it all (that I was looking for). From “Girlfriends” came “The Game”, because Melanie and Joan are first cousins. How do you get rid of the character that the show was born from? I will watch the first episode to see if we get an explanation or mention of Melanie when they kick Derwin to the curb, but I don’t expect them to explain anything, I think since BET has already decided there will be no Mel, we may not even get a mention of her at all. I guess I can find seasons 1-3 somewhere for purchase, help me out guys. It was also a big mistake to let Kelly go, it changed the dynamic of the friendships, not only the ladies but the guys also. Remember, in many of the CW episodes when the ladies were into whatever it might be, somehow they brought the guys in on it too. I am disappointed, this show could have continued to “shine”, BET just wouldn’t allow it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnson.108889 Christopher Johnson

    Yes bring ding dong
    back

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