Sad news for fans of BET’s ‘The Game‘, the network has announced the show will be canceled after it’s ninth season.
This will be the show’s second cancellation — if you remember, The Game got cancelled on The CW before getting picked up and renewed by BET a short time after.
The network released the following statement:
“All good things must come to an end and after celebrating four successful seasons of The Game on BET, the Network has announced production is underway on the show’s final two seasons,” BET said in a statement on its Web site. “In January 2011 the cult following of The Game proved that the show was a fan favorite with 7.7 million viewers for its premiere debut on BET. With seasons eight and nine, we’re excited to end on a high note by giving Sabers fans a chance to bid farewell to their favorite players on and off the field.”
The show’s crator, Mara Brock Akil, shared her thoughts on the cancelation and the legacy of the show. She says:
“I’m really proud of the look of our show, that we took a multi-cam budget and turned it into a single camera show. Its look, its tone, its approach, the characters’ development — that, yes, we were a half-hour comedy but we used our moments to deepen the characters. We also offered drama in a half-hour space. And that was my own personal desire, but it was also reflective of what the audience has been wanting, which is more well-rounded, deeper, richer, layered characters, and they got that in The Game.”
“The bigger legacy was the conversation that the audience had with the network. There was a partnership that was created and the use of social media — we were part of the history of television and how it interacts with social media and how it can be an asset to a show and the support of a show. I think The Game is locked in history about that movement.”
Season 8 of the The Game is scheduled to air in early 2015 with season 9 to follow sometime after.