Well, Lordy be! BET is considering dabbling in scripted television by picking up the recently canceled “The Game.”
As you may recall, The CW dumped “The Game” after three seasons because they were dumping all their sitcoms. Creator Mara Brock Akil tried to get the network to take on the series as an hour-long dramady, but NOPE! Canceled! Dead! Cliffhanger and all.
Now it seems Akil is in talks with BET about making the move to the cable network. Sister2Sister Magazine is reporting that BET is fussing around with the budget to see if they can make room for the show.
Back in April, BET CEO Debra Lee said the network was in talks to acquire the show, but that it was really coming down to a matter of the budget. Now, an inside source at BET told BV Buzz that new co-president Loretha Jones is working hard to finalize a budget that would allow them to afford the show.
Adding “The Game” to their roster wouldn’t be a bad move for BET as re-runs of the sitcom actually score higher ratings than most the network’s original shows. At news that The CW had cancelled the show, many fans looked to BET to pick it up, too.
Nothing has been set in stone over at BET, which hasn’t offered any official statement on the possible fate of the show just yet.
If this deal does go through, we want to know whether “The Game” would be continuing on as a 30-minute sitcom or a one-hour dramedy like show creator Mara Brock-Akil had pitched to The CW before it was cut from the fall lineup.
If BET manages to pull this off my opinion of them might improve from a -30 to an even zero. Also, it would be nice to see the network get into scripted programming and not just retreads of old MTV reality show ideas. Here’s to hoping … if only for the sake of “Game” fans and the continued employment of the show’s underemployed actors.