Wendy Raquel Robinson of “The Steve Harvey Show” fame covers the February issue of Denim Magazine. In the article she talks about her work on formerly The CW’s, now BET’s “The Game.”
Wendy: “You know people are always looking for something fresh- something new. The criticism last year was that we [The Game] were moving too fast. Now we’re moving too slow. We have 22 episodes and it has to build up. It’s hard for me to watch the show to see where improvement is needed- I mean if we’re in it we don’t see it.”
Clearly they don’t understand the backlash the show has received since its move from The CW to BET. The show has been trite, stereotypical, and in many ways reflects the caricatures of black people that are often seen on other scripted programming. The thing that made “The Game” special during its original run on The CW was that none of the previously-mentioned descriptors could have been used to accurately refer to the show. The characters were real. Their situations were relatable. And viewers saw genuineness, not obviously-fabricated arguments, forced jokes, and unrealistic reactions to ridiculous circumstances.
This is a testament to the power of good writing. The ability to tell a compelling story is invaluable in scripted media, and it seems that show producers don’t value that in its current staff. I hope, for the cast and the show’s sake, that they get this together sooner rather than later. In terms of black television, seasons 1-3 of “The Game” were some of the best in history. So far, seasons 4-5 are an embarrassment to have on air (much like most of BET original programming).