The Game Makes a Comeback

The wildly popular show is back on the air, thanks to BET. The show's creators tell The Root all about it.

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BET's decision to bring The Game back to broadcast television is not unusual, according to Thompson. "Original programming is becoming the industry standard for cable operators.  Look at what Mad Men has done for AMC, Hot in Cleveland for TV Land, South Park for Comedy Central or  Trading Spaces for TLC," he says. "It only takes one or two hits to make the show and network matter."

That is what black audiences want: shows that matter. The combination of good storytelling, respect for African-American audiences and characters, and a huge following have brought back a show that satisfied millions of African-American viewers, which puts some pressure on the Akils. Brock-Akil adds, "The fans are a blessing. We are appreciative of what we had, but grateful for the opportunity to prove everyone wrong about the ability of this show to succeed."

The Akils know something about success. Married for 11 years, they are expanding the company by delving into reality television, an hourlong show and another half-hour offering. "We're going to take a swing at some new programming, and hopefully something will hit," says Brock-Akil.

Nsenga K. Burton is editor-at-large and a regular contributor to The Root. She recently completed the film Four Acts, a documentary on the 2007 public servants' strike in South Africa.

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