Save "The Game"
Network television is not a true representation of its audiences. Over the years it seems to have gotten progressively worse. The CW, formerly UPN was deemed to be the network that catered to African American viewers - providing programming that we could identify with - some good, some not so good. One particular show that African American women were very loyal to was "Girlfriends." We watched these four women go through the trials and tribulations of life (marriage, divorce, children, and relationships) with only the four of them as their support system - not an image that is often seen on TV. Because of the writer's strike in 2007, Girlfriends was abruptly cancelled leaving viewers with no ending to a show we followed eagerly for 9 years. Its sister show, "The Game," quickly became a fan favorite among young adults. We were able to get a peek inside a world that some of us dream of being a part of - professional sports. We watched as young couple Melanie and Derwin, played flawlessly by Tia Mowery and Pooch Hall, entered a realm that would slowly tear them apart. We saw the return of Wendy Raquel Robinson as the sassy Tasha Mack, taking the reigns of her son's career and loved every minute of it. The Game is a show we can ALL identify with - love, career, friends, insecurities, trying to live up to what people think you should be and trying to remain true to yourself amidst it all. This show has just begun to hit its stride. The storylines are exciting, ring true with many of its viewers and continue to keep us guessing - is Janay's baby really Derwin's Will Derwin and Melanie get back together Will Tasha and Rick Fox make it Will Jason's steroid use ever come to light We don’t want to have the story wrapped up in a tidy little bow; we want to see how this would really play out. Give "The Game" the opportunity "Girlfriends" never had. Give it a real chance - move it to Sunday nights where people are home to watch it and then re-evaluate your decision. We don’t have many images on television that we can follow and truly believe in – but we believe in the show's creator, Mara Brock Akil, the cast of The Game and the endless possibilities.