I didn’t watch The Game – all these people did

12 Jan

Take my black card. Sue me. I don’t care.

I was never uber excited about the return of the show. I wasn’t on it like that when it was on the CW. Maybe I could forecast that a run on BET would prove to be subpar, and from what I’m reading, it was.

So, instead of actually watching the show as it premiered Tuesday night, (1.11.11 meant so much to people because of the show’s return) I just watched my twitter feed for a bit, and waited until the morning, when the blogosphere would be overflowing with commentary about a show that we may soon see why they took it off in the first place.

Sorry Tia Mowry. I really dugg you growing up, and even in your last Lifetime Movie with your sister.

The New York Times covered the return, and the challenges that the show, and Executive Producers Salim and Mara Brock Akil will face going forward on BET.

The show left viewers with questions, as posed by Awesomely Luvvie, Southern Girl in the City, and one of my new favorite blogs, Magnet for Foolishness.

Blogger Mahoganie Jade, writer of Mahoganie: Musings East of the Anacostia River touched on the show before pointing readers to Tigger 500’s Season Four Premiere Review, which does a great character study and Mediastrut’s The Game Makes A Sloppy Return to Television, pointing out the character’s disconnectedness and suggests, with hope, that the show will rise beyond this rocky beginning in future episodes.

Of what I’ve read that has concerned me is that the Akil’s are in danger of losing much of the base of supporters that lobbied so strongly to resuscitate this show. As one blogger wrote, it’s more of a late night soap opera, no longer the dramedy with lovable characters that viewers were drawn to.

Not to mention we’re still discussing “the color issue” (i.e. a change in the actress that plays Britney, Jason and Kelly’s daughter.) The 10 year mixed child with bronze skin and blondish hair has been replaced with a brown skinned dark haired older actress. I’m not sure what the true issue is here. I recognize that actors/actresses become unavailable, especially after a two year hiatus. But usually, we’re causing a ruckus when the color lines go the other way. Perhaps it was the attitude that seemed to come with the new actress, which, might not be present in a 12 year-old, just yet.

I guess the bigger color issue was the “that boy is yellow” and Derwin and Janay are not situation. Wow, I mean, it’s really real out here in our community, and apparently African American parents rely on their kids skin tone to indicate paternity. In this hypothetical case, I guess it made sense. But two years later? Hmm….

I will tune in to future episodes of the Game, but I’m in no rush. You all keep me plenty entertained with your tweets and blog posts. Keep ’em coming.

Fam, have you read anything else that I should see related to the premiere of The Game? Post your comments and other links.

5 Responses to “I didn’t watch The Game – all these people did”

  1. Tamara Rasberry January 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I thought The Game was an OK show before – not bad, but certainly not great. I’m not surprised at the lukewarm reception of last night’s season premiere b/c episode that was to be the finale’ (had it not been picked up by another network) was horrible. They did that episode as an hour-long soap opera type show in an effort to prove that the show could survive as other than a 1/2 hour sitcom. FAIL.

  2. Kia Smith January 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Great read! Here’s a link to my blog on the show. Lessons Learned from The Game: http://wp.me/pYFID-cm

  3. 2blu2btru January 13, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I didn’t watch the show, either (wasn’t really into it after the first season–too much drama not enough comedy), but I did see a really good write-up on it at this link:


    I was happy to see Black people taking an interest in programming geared towards us and championing the return of one of “our” shows, but I just wish it were of a better quality. It’s the Tyler Perry effect: whether you like it or not, support what we have because if we don’t we’ll never get anything else. Both BET and TVOne have responded with new scripted series with Black casts, so maybe they will expand and diversify the Black sitcom market once again. One can only dream, right?

  4. A Diva State of Mind January 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I was a fan of the show when it aired on The CW so I was eager for its return. I will say I was quite disappointed in the first episode of the new season. I feel the acting was overly dramatic (they were trying to hard). Hopefully as the season goes on the acting will improve and we can get back to the characters we were used to seeing.


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