The Loudmouth Protestant

April 6, 2009

Dear CW, Don’t Cancel “The Game”

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First you cancelled “Girlfriends” with no warning. No series finale, not even a letter in Essence to all of the black women, gay and metro-sexual black men, and the black men whose wives and girlfriends made them watch the show, to tell them that they would no longer be getting their fill of fabulous, fierce black women with issues on a Monday night.  You left us with very little to watch and to make matters worse, what was left, you gave the kiss of death, a Friday night programming slot. Come on! Most black people are not home on a Friday night. Actually, most people aren’t home on Friday night and if they are, they usually aren’t watching network television.

So all black people have left to identify with on the CW is “Everybody Hates Chris” and “The Game.” The show about Chris Rock’s life growing up in Brooklyn and the show about the life and times of black football players, their girlfriends, wives, groupies, moms, baby’s momma’s, deadbeat dads, etc, respectively. The latter is probably even better than “Girlfriends” which is to the credit of Mara Brock Akil who has developed each character in a mature fashion over the last three years. This current season is particularly juicy what with divorces and custody battles, good girls gone bad, bad girls gone good gone bad, baby’s daddys wanting to take care of their baby because their true love is the good girl gone bad, etc. This is the stuff juicy 30-minutes sitcoms are made of and truth be told, 30-minutes, which in TV time is really only 20 minutes is not enough for “The Game.” And that is why I support Mara Brock Akil’s appeal to the network to turn “The Game” into an hour-long dramedy instead of letting it go the way of the buffalo.

You see, I don’t think Chris Rock will put up a fight to keep “Everybody Hates Chris” on air because you probably are not making it worth his while and he could go elsewhere. But “The Game” on the other hand is a show that I know Mara Brock Akil will fight for. She fought for “Girlfriends” as long as she did and I’m sure the battle was easier with Kelsey Grammar on her side. But I worry that you’ll give it the shaft and I need to let you know why it’s necessary to keep “The Game.”

By getting rid of the last two black shows standing on the CW, you will freeze out a good portion of your target audience. Without the two sitcoms or at least the new iteration of “The Game”, you will prove true what the black community has been trying to convince themselves of otherwise, that CW is a white-washed network. Without the two shows dedicated to the black audience, you will tell them that black people are only tokens in the lives of white people. See “Gossip Girl’s” one black character-a token in Blair Waldorf’s set of friends. See “One Tree Hill’s” one black character-a token to one of the more random characters on the show. See “90210’s” one black character-a black boy who was adopted by rich white parents. (Because rich black people don’t exist on their own in that zip code…) I’ve only watched “Privileged” about twice, but I didn’t see black people there. I think I saw a black person on “Smallville” but I can’t be sure. But on none of these shows are the black people the principle character. Plotlines aren’t created for these characters so their lives can be explored, thus we can’t care about them, and therefore we can’t watch the show.

But with “The Game” and “Everybody Loves Chris” there are storylines and characters we can latch onto. We can find ourselves in them. I can see myself in med school Melanie from “The Game” from her innocence to the unfolding thereof. I cherish being able to have an audience of one with Rick Fox. I love the Tasha Mack’s fierceness. I love Malik Wright’s boldness, Jason Pitt’s cheapness, Derwin’s goofyness, Kelly’s cluelessness. I love doing the Monday morning recap of the show with my best friend.  I love it all. And sure, I can write out a list about why “Everybody Hate’s Chris” too, but I think I love “The Game” more. I want to see Mara Brock Akil able to finish off a show on her own terms and go out on a high note when she’s ready instead of letting the network pull the rug from under her.

I’ve carried on for long enough, but the last thought I want to leave you with is that you, CW, have a goldmine in your hands for capturing the black female audience. We loved “Girlfriends” dearly, even those of us who won’t admit it because we just thought the women were extreme caricatures of real black women. But we loved it nonetheless because it wa s there. It represented us and our complexities well which is what “The Game” does. I support a one-hour dramedy. I support keeping both sitcoms. I support your being thoughtful about the implications of losing these sitcoms without putting other ones in place. Save “The Game”, save “Everybody Hates Chris” and if you don’t see fit to do either, please say that you have a wonderful pilot written and produced by a young black person that you’ve been trying to make room for. Just don’t neglect us.

Thank you.

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21 Comments »

  1. The Game is hands down my favorite show of all time. I think only “In Living Color” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” can even hope to come close. The Game is not only hilarious, but it’s plots are so exciting it’s hard to wait for the next week to come.
    There is certainly a drought in African-Americans on network television, however, I would rather they leave us out then portray us negatively.
    For instance, one of my favorite shows even though it’s old as dirt is the Golden Girls. You can watch reruns for hours and NEVER see a black person. They had two whole episodes with black people. One episode Dorothy’s son was marrying an older black woman…and her and her family fit every stereotype imaginable. Then one episode Blanche’s mammy stopped by. Yes, her mammy, for she was from the south. And she was like something off The Color Purple. So when they DID try, you just bow your head in shame, because we are not represented positively at all.
    Do such characters exist? Certainly. But when there are only 2 black people on an entire show, then the tv show would do well to make them positive characters.
    I guess shows like Gossip Girl and 90210 don’t bother to try, because they can’t think of any plotlines that involving black people that would put us in a positive light. And if they can’t I’d rather them leave it alone then have another Golden Girls snafu.
    And if anyone from CW is reading this, please, pretty please keep The Game on!

    Comment by Kristen Jason — April 6, 2009 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  2. […] Original post by loudmouthprotestant […]

    Pingback by Dear CW, Don’t Cancel “The Game” — April 6, 2009 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  3. I have to say this was very well written. I echo the concerns and comments mentioned in this entry, and I will be HIGHLY, HIGHLY HIGHLY upset if they cancel it. I agree with you, let mara quit the game when she is ready too, and this will be an f’ed up ordeal if they pull the rug from her TWICE. Come on they have Kelsey Grammer backing this project. He is a well respected and experienced actor (played the same character on two shows for 20 years!) and apparently has good taste in shows.

    I would hate for them to cancel this show and leave the only other new sitcom (non-reruns) or even drama option: House of Payne. Lord knows I really don’t care for that bad acting show, but that is strictly my opinion.

    It’s amazing how in the 70s, 80s, and 80s we had a lot of good black sitcoms, and now in the modern times where we have our first black president we only have 2 sitcoms on non-cable TV. WOW…I hope they are not stupid and cancel the show… or they will mos def be known as the CW (coloreds wanted network).

    Comment by Danielle H — April 6, 2009 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks Danielle re: the compliment. I totally agree with you. I would be devastated to be left with “House of Payne” and whatever BET provides us. I guess it will all come down to what I’ve been fighting all these years…Doing away with television period. It’s not like it has deep value, I just figured if I was going to waste my time watching something it may as well be good and something I could relate to.

    And to Kristen, before you reminded me of those two episodes of “Golden Girls”, I had totally put them out of my mind. I guess their affect was pretty far-reaching, even if I was a wee bit too young to understand the issues of stereotypes. There’s definitely some residual bitterness there. Let’s hope CW doesn’t let us down.

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — April 7, 2009 @ 12:28 am | Reply

  5. Please save the game.
    I could understand if we had other black sitcoms that we can choose from, but we don’t. Game can relate to some many people lives regardless if they lived a football life style. Maybe if the date change instead of Friday may help the rating if it wasn’t for the DVr it would be dificult because people usually go out on Friday nights. In closing save the game

    Comment by Goldi — April 7, 2009 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  6. send an e-mail to feedback@CWTV.com with DON’T CANCEL THE GAME in the subject line.

    Comment by loyalfan — April 8, 2009 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

    • PLEASEEEEEEEEE DONT CANCEL THE GAME YOU WONT LEAVE ME WITH ANYTHING TO WATCH ON TV PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

      Comment by CLIANNE — May 22, 2009 @ 2:37 am | Reply

  7. I agree. I love THE GAME!!!

    Comment by Z — April 8, 2009 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  8. I Love the game would hate for it to get cancel best black show on TV. it should be moved to a different day.

    Comment by Erie — April 8, 2009 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  9. http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/the-game

    Comment by Erie — April 8, 2009 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  10. Thanks for the links loyalfan and Erie. I’ll definitely be getting in touch with them.

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — April 8, 2009 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  11. CW! PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THE GAME! ITS SUCH A WONDERFUL SHOW! ITS MY FAVORITE SHOW ON TV!!!! PLEASE! YOU WILL DISAPPOINT A LOT OF PEOPLE! PLEASEEEEE!

    Comment by Steven — April 9, 2009 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  12. I agree keep “The Game”. I know that the Nielsen ratings were better then most of the other shows on the CW, especially before they moved it to Friday night.

    Comment by Roslyn — April 10, 2009 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  13. PLEAE DO NOT CANCEL THE GAME. I love Tasha Mack, Kelly and Melanie. I would love to see Derwin and Melanie get back together for good.

    Comment by Kawandia Tate — April 15, 2009 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  14. The Game is the only prime time show that i watch. I’ve been a loyal viewer from the beginning. I really think the network switched the night that show airs because they want the show to fail. I truely hope it stays on air. If i miss it on friday i always watch it online. It’s one of the last african american comedy/drama still on television. To see it cancelled will show me that the prime time station don’t want to appeal to the african american audience.

    Comment by Tamika Lance — April 25, 2009 @ 11:58 pm | Reply

  15. I love “The Game”, HATE the time slot. No television series survives on Friday night. By CW moving it to Friday was basically telling everyone it’s on it’s way out. “The Game” is the first series I watch religiously since Living Single and Martin. I’m not always home on Friday, but I’ve set my DVR to record all shows, new and old because I love watching even the old shows when I can. I remember how UPN was the #1 supporter in African American television and movies but when it became the CW, black television drastically decreased and it’s unfair. Now they choke Gossip Girls and 90210 down our throats. I’m fine with those programs as long as CW keeps something on air that appeals to other types of people.

    Please DO NOT do away with “The Game”. It’s loved by many.

    Comment by Janell — May 18, 2009 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  16. Main I love The Game I try to watch it alot and i just hope you dont cancel it…Either put it on BET or move it to a week night because me and my family loves watchin it…

    Comment by Ashanta Wright — May 18, 2009 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  17. […] So instead of renewing “The Game” and accepting Mara Brock Akil’s pitch to make it…, we get more of the same drivel. More rich white people, more wannabe models, more emo’d out white people from the northeast, more oversexed white people on the West Coast, more white people chasing ghosts in the middle of nowhere, more white people playing superheroes, more opportunities for white people to see themselves as multi-dimensional while the only thing black households can depend on in terms of seeing an image of themselves cast on television is catty and fake beougeosie black people a la “Harlem Heights”, ignorant young black people a la “College Hill”, country black people a la “House of Payne”, cross-dressing black people–ok, it’s just one oddly dressed man–a la “Meet the Browns”, half-naked black people a la every music video and enslaved black people a la the NBA, NFL and to a lesser extent, the MLB. […]

    Pingback by It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye, Part Deux « The Loudmouth Protestant — May 21, 2009 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  18. i loveeeee the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by ebony brown — June 28, 2009 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  19. I like “The Game”….the story lines and great acting can’t go unnoticed. Too be young, rich and famous football player seem to be interesting enough. Well written but it started to become too sexual and raunchy. Melanie was the good girl who knows how to stand up for herself among the spoiled, rich ball players, their girlfriends and wives. Instead she became a slut. Stop the degrading. Do you have to write sexual content in everything? Please bring more morals and dignity at the end of the day. My appeal is for cleaner television no matter the color. However please don’t cancel the show. It has great potential to be #1. The actors are great!

    Comment by keeko — October 14, 2009 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  20. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL “THE GAME”. THE SEASON FINALE WAS PHENOMENAL AND YOU CAN’T END A SERIES LIKE THAT!!! BRING IT BACK PLEASE!!!

    Comment by Julia — October 21, 2009 @ 11:00 pm | Reply


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