Monday, April 6, 2009

"The Game" may go into overtime!

They just may get it right this time. Check out what may be happening to "The Game".

"The Game""The Game": an hourlong dramedy? With the CW expected to complete its exit from the half-hour comedy genre at the end of this season, the creator/executive producer of one of the network's two remaining comedies, "The Game," is mulling turning it into an hourlong series. Mara Brock Akil is expected to pitch the idea to the CW brass this week. A show switching genres is extremely rare. (In 1999, Fox launched the short-lived "Ally," a half-hour version of David E. Kelley's hit hourlong dramedy "Ally McBeal.")

However, for "Game," such a transformation would actually make sense creatively. As a hybrid multi/single-camera series with no live audience, "Game" has a single-camera feel and already plays like a half-hour dramedy as it mixes comedy with drama more than a traditional sitcom does.Still, keeping the three-year-old "Game" on for another season is considered a long shot.

Once a promising newcomer airing behind "Girlfriends," the series that spun it off, "Game," as well as CW's comedy "Everybody Hates Chris," have been relegated to the low-rated Friday night, where "Game" has averaged 1.9 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in adults 18-34 this season.

Additionally, an hourlong "Game" wouldn't necessarily mesh well with CW's other dramas, which are skewing younger and far less urban, and a format switch after three seasons also would complicate a potential syndication run of the show.

Very Interesting...I cannot wait to see how this pans out. This show is actually already pretty dramatic and entertaining and they do not pull punches.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a BIG mistake. How many comedies last an hour? And from the report you can see they are "failing" at 30 minutes, so an extra 30 minutes will basically kill the show for good.

    It's like I've gambled all night and lose $500, so the my next step should be to spend double the money to see if this works!