“The Game” Being Turned Into A Dramedy?

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Seeing as how Blacks normally get the perpetual shaft on network television, the news that the CW’s The Game may possibly become an hour-long dramedy next season, actually didn’t piss us off. In fact, we kind of like it:

With the CW expected to complete its exit from the half-hour comedy genre at the end of this season, the creator/executive producer of one of the network’s two remaining comedies, “The Game,” is mulling turning it into an hour long series. Mara Brock Akil is expected to pitch the idea to the CW brass this week.

A show switching genres is extremely rare. (In 1999, Fox launched the short-lived “Ally,” a half-hour version of David E. Kelley’s hit hourlong dramedy “Ally McBeal.”) However, for “Game,” such a transformation would actually make sense creatively. As a hybrid multi/single-camera series with no live audience, “Game” has a single-camera feel and already plays like a half-hour dramedy as it mixes comedy with drama more than a traditional sitcom does.

Still, keeping the three-year-old “Game” on for another season is considered a long shot. Once a promising newcomer airing behind “Girlfriends,” the series that spun it off, “Game,” as well as CW’s comedy “Everybody Hates Chris,” have been relegated to the low-rated Friday night, where “Game” has averaged 1.9 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in adults 18-34 this season.

Additionally, an hourlong “Game” wouldn’t necessarily mesh well with CW’s other dramas, which are skewing younger and far less urban, and a format switch after three seasons also would complicate a potential syndication run of the show.

They can cancel Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, 9021-who gives a sh*t….BUT, they better keep The Game on the air. Sistas ’round the nation are still pissed off with the way they dismissed Girlfriends. Yup, we still remember.

What do you think, Bossip folk?


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  • Sho-Nuff the Shogun of Harlem (The Meanest, Prettiest, Baddest Mofolo Down Around This Town)

    thats whassup….luv the show

  • tanisha

    the game needs to be an hour and from what i read on the boards everyone thinks so. they should take it off friday night and put it back on sunday where it belongs.

  • mojojojo

    i love this show
    but i think an hour would take away from it… leave it as it is!!!

  • Tay

    I miss Girlfriends!!

  • Tessa

    As long as it’s coming back for another season, I’m good.

  • Melo

    I love this show. Too few black shows on that aren’t about complete buffoonery. It can do no wrong, a dramedy sounds good to me.

  • Myboysmomma!

    They better keep the Game thats my show they can however change it too Monday or Tuesday nights!!

  • ATL4Life

    This is my favorite show, at least give it one more season to let it have a proper ending seeing as how the dismissed Girlfriends!

  • lani3000

    Great show!

  • Sho-Nuff the Shogun of Harlem (The Meanest, Prettiest, Baddest Mofolo Down Around This Town)

    Tia be looking bangin on the show

  • biracial bombshell

    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! I wouldn’t mind an hour long episode b/c seeing as it is on Friday nights, I DVR it and it seems like a 15 min. show when you skip all the damn commercials!!!

    Oh and I am still pissed about Girlfriends no longer on. They better keep The Game going!!!!

  • Sho-Nuff the Shogun of Harlem (The Meanest, Prettiest, Baddest Mofolo Down Around This Town)

    and shawty that used to be on Steve Harvey…..I luv her personality….she is so funny….we would have a lot of fun if we dated….we would have each other rollin

  • DDub

    Would this make the show the only black hour long show on tv? If not one of very few. This show could easily find another life on BET or TV1 or even FOX. F* CW for dismissing black shows period.

    I’m still mad I can’t get this show on iTunes.

  • ScChocolate

    They really need to move it from friday.I bet they won’t put those dumb white shows on friday night.I LOVE THE GAME,an hour would be great.

  • ms meca


  • Sawyer

    This sh*t needs to be taken off the air if things dont change! This show is the worst, well actually House of Pane was garbage, The Game is just bad! Although I love the fact the black actors are getting some roles and getting there due, but I believe the writers are seriously holding back on character development, overall plot and direction of this sitcom. I just think this show has potential, but right now its not being met! I felt the same way about Girlfriends and over time it did get better before it “jumped the shark”.

  • ms meca


  • Just Sayin

    Visit the web site http://www.cdtv.com/shows/thegame

    Then clear your browser cache and visit it again

    Rinse, Repeat…

    They are only gonna keep it on the air if it makes money for them.

  • wtf!

    just dont cancel it please!!!

  • biracial bombshell

    What else used to be on with those shows? I remember it went, “Everybody Hates Chris” something else, “Girlfriends” and “The Game”….

  • Resurrected

    I love the game but I hope that they do not take it off of the air I want to see more about Melandie, Durwin, Jeana and the baby.

  • exuberancia

    They BETTER return MY FAVORITE SHOW!!!!
    or its gonna be POW POW POW for the CW!!!!
    Im tired of them canceling the good shows and letting bullSh*t like 90210 stay on!!! UGH!

  • The Truth

    This show has gotten progressively worse as the seasons continue. It will most likely get canceled. An unfortunate thing since there are no black shows on television. However, the problem lies in the writing. It has become so stereotypical. The lead male cheated on his long-time girlfriend and is now having a relationship with his baby mama, while he still tries to work out his feelings for his ex. It’s become a terrible depiction of “us.” Does every black man have to cheat and have a baby’s mama??? It is time to put some positive images of “us” out there. This show started with great potential but they strayed and began focusing only on drama. It’s very unlikely that they will want to turn the show into an hour long, especially if it’s not doing well in the ratings now. I personally think that they should keep “Everybody Hates Chris” on. It depicts a strong black family staying together through tough times. And it’s really funny. Many of “us” can relate to the mother in the series, forever threatening, but always loving. And the overworked father. And also Chris, stuck being the oldest child, forced to take on more responsibility than he wants. That’s just my two cents. Guess we’ll have to see what happens!

  • Just Sayin

    The Game – Friday April 17, 2009
    Episode: Take a Bow (First Aired: March 20, 2009)

    Tasha finds out that Rick might lose his job; Malik wants to learn everything there is to know about his father; Melanie thinks Derwin is trying to teach her a lesson.

    8:30 – 9:00 PM CW

  • Kali

    I love this show…it is extremely underrated. I hope they sell the previous seasons soon, I will purchase all three seasons. This would be great. My fav character is Kelly (Brittany Daniels). She is hilarious!!!! LOVE IT!!

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