While the NFL is still working out whether or not they will have a football season this fall, BET has already made plans for their own football ‘franchise’ to return in Janury 2012.
USA Today announced that BET has already given the greenlight for a fifth season to their breakout series The Game, which premiered to 7.7 million viewers in January, equaling in high numbers for the cable network and the highest numbers in cable history. Instead of 13 episodes next season, BET blessed the show with a full 22-episode commitment, which seems like a valid response given how much The Game has brought to network.
No word has been on who will return to the show full time. The recent fourth season saw the (possible) departure of original cast member Brittany Daniel, who portrayed Kelly Pitts and had her role reduced down to recurring until midway into the season when Kelly left the show to find herself. Coby Bell, Daniel’s onscreen ex-husband, also had his role reduced due to his series regular role on USA’s Burn Notice.
The Game, which was canceled by The CW after three seasons in 2009, might have returned to high numbers, but the ratings dropped to a steadying 5 million viewers, which is still pretty good on cable television. The fans of the show, however, have voiced their mostly negative opinions on the show’s fourth season, which most have blamed on various reasons ranging from the show’s writing to the short episode order by BET. There was also rumbling pleas from the fans to extend the show’s 30 minute format into an hour dramedy, but nothing has been announced officially on a format change at this time.
Let’s Stay Together, the lead out show for The Game, was also granted a renewal which will consist of 22 episodes as well.
BET Upfronts won’t be held until next Wednesday where more information will be given. TVO will keep you posted on the latest news on this story as it develops.
Source: USA Today