Why BET Canceled BET’s ‘The Game’

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BET’s ‘The Game’ is going to air their series finale on Wednesday at 10 p.m. this week on BET canceling the series after airing on and off for several years.

BET’s ‘The Game’, a spinoff of ‘Girlfriends’ was created by Mara Brock Akil and first aired in 2006, the show as the only new comedy series for The CW primetime network. After only three seasons, the series was canceled by TheCW in May 2009. BET would later strike a deal with ‘The Game’s parent company CBS to develop new episodes of the series relocating filming of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta, Georgia.

When ‘The Game’ finally re-aired two years later, it was the most watched show in BET history with 7.7 million viewers. However, after the eigth season BET executives have decided to pull the plug. But, it begs the question – why did BET cancel ‘The Game’ a show they fought so hard to bring back?

Unfortunately, BET’s ‘The Game’ was struggling to find veiwers after the 4th season. According to reports, in the key demographic (18-49) Season 4 of ‘The Game’ had a rating of 2.2 but, by the seventh season that number would nearly be cut in half to only 1.2 losing well over 3 million viewers.

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In addition, BET’s ‘The Game’ suffered many controversies including a major lawsuit where Mara Brock Akil allegedly stole the idea of the show from a writer.

A Mill Valley native who a filed a $40 million copyright infringement suit against two national television networks has settled the case out of court.

“I was very pleased with the settlement,” said screenwriter Staci Robinson, who declined to discuss the terms because of a non-disclosure agreement.

Robinson, a 1986 Tamalpais High graduate, sued CBS, the CW Network, Warner Brothers and the Grammnet Productions studio last year in federal court in Los Angeles. Robinson claimed that a CW screenwriter and producer, Mara Brock Akil, stole her novel and turned it into the TV show “The Game.”

Robinson said her novel, “Interceptions,” is based on her experiences as the girlfriend of a professional football player in the 1990s. The book describes a would-be law student who trades her career goals for the glamorous, but cutthroat, world of NFL players and their hangers-on. [Source]

As the curtains draw to a close this Wednesday on BET’s ‘The Game,’ we will have to wait and see if Malik (Hosea Chanchez) find love? Will Keira (Laura London) seperate herself from the playboy quarterback? Or, will Dr. Melanie Barnett-Davis, M.D. and Pooch Hall finally get their revenge?