I never imagined when I first started watching “The Game” that by its 100th episode, the main characters, Melanie and Derwin, would be written off the show. But here we are at the premiere of the sixth season of the series without the main actors, Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall.
Rumors swirled about their departure and folks vacillated between blaming BET and the actors themselves for the shift. Meanwhile, a sizable and vocal audience of viewers claimed the show just isn’t as well-written, compelling and funny on BET as it was on The CW (BET began airing the show in 2011 at the start of its fourth season). Most agree it was time for a change even if that meant switching up the cast in ways die-hard “The Game” fans felt were unimaginable.
Wendy Raquel Robinson opened up about the change just in time for tonight’s premiere. She told ABC:
If Game Producers Told Cast About Tia Mowry-Hardrict/Pooch Hall’s Departures:
Really they didn’t tell us anything because at the end of the day it’s not our business. …[They did share] it was going to be hard to continue on with the storyline, which does make a lot of sense. If [Derwin Davis] gets traded and [Melanie Davis is] off at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore — we’re set in San Diego — so it would’ve been a little convoluted.
Her Reaction to Pooch Hall’s Negative Tweets About The Game:
It’s kind of like going through a bad divorce and there’s the love of your life getting married again. How do you act? I can’t say what Pooch said on Twitter, or re-tweeted is appropriate, but it’s…an emotional reaction. It’s a knee jerk reaction. He’ll get over it and that wound will heal.
Her Reaction to Tia Mowry-Hardrict Leaving The Show:
Personally that’s my little sister so it was devastating. But now in retrospect so many other opportunities have come to her: movies, her own show and then she got a reality show. So…it’s still hard, but it’s a blessing in a disguise for her as well.
On New Season of The Game:
“It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s still the same drama/comedy…but I do like the addition,” Robinson said referring to new cast members: Lauren London and Jay Ellis. “I think it’s going to help. You know every now and then we need to get re-energized and resuscitated.”
The change reminds me of when Janet Hubert left “The Fresh Prince” as Vivian; the show managed to go on but it was never the same. Tia and Pooch’s exit alongside what many people believe to be poor writing and acting could mean a huge drop in ratings when the show returns this evening. Are you still watching, Clutchettes?