In an interview with BET.com, Akil, who has a second hit on BET with drama Being Mary Jane, reflected on ending The Game and the show’s legacy. “Shows do end; that is a part the business,”she said. “I’m very happy BET gave The Game five additional seasons to explore these characters and this world. We made history when we got to the network and it’s nice to be able to celebrate the great achievements of the show.”
“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.”
Filming is underway on both seasons eight and nine, which will broadcast starting in early 2015.