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Well, I suppose this was his moment of clarity.
In an interview with Vibe, EURweb reports that rapper The Game was reflecting upon his career and really wished he hadn’t dissed Jay-z (along with seemingly every other popular rapper at the time) in a few of his songs a few years ago.
“I think I f***ed that up early in my career. I’m probably one of the only cats that went at Jay-Z’s neck and had a career after.”
He’s probably right. Much like Biggie did the polka dot wearing rapper Kwamé back in thr day, Jay-Z does seem to have that rap power to make sure either your music doesn’t see the light of day or that no one really buys it if you cross him. Of course, he does it all with one of those boyish grins and the “it’s nothing” attitude.
The Game said he even got into an argument with his kids’ mom (not sure they’re still in a relationship) because she knew the power Jay possessed:
“I remember having a real altercation with the mother of my children. She was like, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing. He’s going to come back and we’re not going to be able to survive.’ Jay and Beyonce are a powerful couple, they will turn your whole family against you.”
Hilarious! I don’t if the Carters will turn your entire family against you but they can get to your fan base. Luckily for The Game, he’s been able to maintain a decent career, even if he is more popular on the West Coast.
And who knows: maybe Jay will hear about this and grace him with a verse for a song in a couple of years. Yeah…probably not.
Spinoffs are greatly appreciated for a few reasons: they allow viewers to see lesser characters develop independently; they give viewers a different take of the characters from the previous sitcom; and, finally, spinoffs are uniquely responsible for creating that ‘neighboring effect’ on television, allowing audiences and characters, alike, feel as if they are stepping from one living room into another. This has been seen time and time again in television. Cheers begot Fraiser, Grey’s Anatomy begot Private Practice, Buffy begot Angel, and Dr. Who begot Torchwood. Check out some our favorites over the years.
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So, just last week BET’s (version of) “The Game” deputed for the sixth season and already the network has renewed the show for a seventh!
According to Deadline.com, during BET’s upfront presentation in Los Angeles, Mara Brock Akil, the creator and executive producer of the series, made the big announcement and let advertisers know the “hit” comedy series would be back again next year.
If you’re scratching your head at this news, we’re not surprised. As we told you last week, “The Game” opened up with decent season 6 numbers, but it’s clear the show is on a steady decline when it comes to viewers. As Shadow & Act pointed out, The first season of “The Game” on BET brought in 7.7 million viewers in 2011. In 2012, that number dropped to 5.3 million, and so far, we’re looking at roughly 4 million views for this latest debut. I’m thinking execs figure they can handle one more million-to-2 million drop in viewership before pulling the plug altogether.
I’m curious what those figures will look like by the end of this season though. I tried to get into last week’s episode, but it was hard. The best thing about it was Lauren London and I think that’s only because I’ll always have a special place for New New (ATL) in my heart — don’t judge me! The new guy, Jay Ellis, doesn’t seem bad, But I can’t rock with Brandy’s hood fabulous, ain’t never had nothing til now, character Chardonay. And because they’ve made the show so serious and much more of a drama than a comedy, any time Tasha Mack delivers a funny line, she just seems way too over the top for the scene. But hey, somebody must like it — 4 million somebodies to be exact.
In other BET news, “Let’s Stay Together” has also surprisingly been renewed for a fourth season, and a full season of Gabrielle Union’s new hour-long drama “Being Marry Jane” has also been ordered to season. The debut is expected in the first quarter of 2014 so we still have a while before we see D. Wade’s lady back in action. Maybe you can tune into “The Game” in the meantime?
As sad as we all were to see Pooch Hall and Tia Mowry-Hardrict go from The Game, I can’t lie, the good looks of newcomer Jay Ellis helps to ease the pain. He is, of course, NOT a replacement for the lovable and fine Derwin Davis, but a whole new very interesting and very delicious looking new character by the name of Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrooke. In the season premiere, we got to see him flash a nice smile, get beat up and show off that very impressive body he’s clearly been working on while trying to get with Lauren London’s character of Keira Whitaker. So who is Jay Ellis? Click through our Evening Eye Candy gallery, get an eyeful of what he’s working with, and find out!
After big promotion and cast members (including the new ones) popping up everywhere on TV, The Game has come back and pulled in pretty good numbers, but compared to the past, there’s an obvious decline in viewership going on.
According to Shadow And Act, the show’s season premiere brought in nearly three million viewers, which isn’t bad whatsoever for a cable station, but compared to the views they used to rake in in the past, things have definitely changed. In the last two seasons that the show has been on BET, it has been pretty huge with premiere ratings. In 2011, at the height of all the hoopla surrounding the show’s return after moving from the CW, they premiered with 7.7 million viewers, and the next year, there was a small decline with 5.3. With less than three million coming in this time around, I think it’s safe to say the excitement is wearing off.
According to BET’s press release, The Game and its accompanying show, Let’s Stay Together are now “this season’s top two returning sitcom series premieres on cable among total viewers.” Still though, it’s becoming a bit more obvious that all the changes surrounding the show, including the departure of the main two cast members in Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Pooch Hall have affected the people who tried to follow the show. Not to mention the big changes in the storyline over the last two seasons as the plot has become a LOT more dramatic have also had people tuning out (the change in Melanie’s character was very drastic). But I will say that the season premiere was not bad! Definitely kept my attention. But will it keep your attention as the sixth season goes on? If not, the numbers could keep decreasing, and we know BET doesn’t want that…
The Players Sure Have Changed: Get A Recap Of The Season Premiere Of “The Game” And Watch Episode 1 If You Missed It!
Well last night was the premiere of the new season of The Game. And seeing as over the years it has become more of dramedy than straight up comedy, episode 1 definitely delivered with said drama. Folks were traded, fights broke out, love triangles were formed and I guess you could say we got to see Derwin “Ding Dong” Davis go out with a bang. New interesting characters stepped into the spotlight, including Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook (Jay Ellis) and Keira Whitaker (Lauren London) while others picked up where they left off, including “Cheapy Cheapy” Jason Pitts and his new bride, Chardonnay (Brandy). If you would like a rundown of what you missed, check out BET.com’s wrap-up of the season premiere (which was really well shot–very cinematic, especially the first few minutes into the show) with Toni Belafonte.
If you missed the whole episode and want to see what everybody’s talking about, you can check it all out below. Not bad BET, not bad!
STILL Can’t Believe Ya’ll Procreated: Lauren London Talks Co-Parenting With Lil Wayne, His Health And The State Of Her Career On “Wendy”
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Lauren London on the big or small screen like that in a big role, and that probably has a lot to do with the fact that she has a three-year-old son at the house that she’s a doting mom to. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that the gorgeous actress brought her son into the world with the help of rapper Lil Wayne. The shock over their choice to procreate together (more or less, the fact that she wanted to get down with the get down with him) has come and gone, and clearly, London is back to work, but it doesn’t mean people don’t have questions about it all. Well, really, just Wendy Williams does.
While on The Wendy Williams Show with Brandy and Jay Ellis to promote season 6 of The Game, in the short time that London was on the couch, Williams asked the actress about her new character, Keira Whitaker, a child star who is a “hot a** mess” on the show, but she really spent more time inquiring about her “baby’s father” (Wayne) and how having the baby at a time when her career was hot might have affected it after she had him. She made it the central topic after London brought him up as a reason why she doesn’t engage in after-hour shindigs with the cast. Here was their exchange, which starts around the 2:55 mark in the video below:
Wendy: Lauren’s baby’s father is the rapper Lil Wayne, and you two are no longer together, right?
London: No. We’re great friends though.
Wendy: You’re friend’s And you co-parent?
Lauren: Yes, of course.
Wendy: And is it difficult being a single parent in Hollywood?
Lauren: I think it’s difficult being a single parent period. For me, with my job, luckily I can bring him to work–
Wendy: –Cause I remember early in your career you were in a few projects and then you fell off the map. Then you had the baby. Do you feel as though you lost traction?
Lauren: You know what…No, because life happens. As an actor, your depth as an actor comes from life experience. And I think it just gave me life experience.
Wendy: How is Lil Wayne doing health wise?
Lauren: He’s great! His album comes out today! He’s really good.
Wendy: More money for you, girl…
Lauren: I make my own though.
Wendy: Isn’t that nice?
Lauren: Yes, my mother taught me well.
So glad to see that London handled such a line of questioning with class, because she could have been mum about it all, or acted a fool. Much respect, because we know how Wendy’s mouth can get. Check out their interaction below and let us know your thoughts!
By the way, did you check out the season premiere?
With the premiere of Season 6 of BET’s hit television show The Game swiftly approaching, fans are rather curious as to what can be expected this season, especially considering that the show lost one of its main stars, Melanie Barnett-Davis(Tia Mowry-Hardrict) and Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) has been reduced to a mere accessory character. The show’s resident mama’s boy, Malik El Debarge Wright aka Hosea Chanchez recently chatted it up with Shadow and Act, discussing the forthcoming season and what fans can look forward to.
On Season 5 issues being smoothed out this season:
“Season 5 ended with a lot of the characters being in limbo. Melanie and Derwin moved away. My character was dealing with the crash of his substance abuse problems and his relationship issues, Mom and Dad issues. There were a lot of open ended storylines, which will get worked out in this season.”
On his role as Malik:
“He is a very emotionally charged individual. I know that everyone may see a hot headed person, but it really stems from him being this sensitive and caring guy that really does not know how to express himself in the right way. In this season, you will get to see this character get fleshed out way differently than before.”
“Malik runs through women, and you really don’t get to see the character of a man until you see him with a woman. That’s just the way it is, and not just a fly by day and night woman, a woman that he really loves. You also get to see the character of a man when you watch how a man behaves with his mother. So with Malik, if you look at how he behaves with women and his mother, you will see his character.”
“Dude takes a lot of energy. He is so opposite than me in so many ways. I have to get in the mind set of being on all the time. The guy is on all the damn time. Early on in this role, I prepared for him by watching tapes of Dieon Sanders, Bo Jackson, Terrell Owens. Now, with this character it’s like being on auto pilot. So it’s like retraining something that is already there. I don’t have to study as much as I used to for this role.”
Okay, hopefully we will eventually be able to file this under “glad it never happened” and move on.
But right now, Mouth to Ears is reporting that singer Brandy and her fiance Ryan Press are planning to televise their wedding. The new kingpin of reality shows, VH1, is the alleged buyer and according to MTE’s source, they’re going to be paying for everything.
Brandy has already revealed that her daughter Sy’rai will be her maid of honor. She also recently told Hip Hollywood that while they haven’t really started planning, she envisions her hair in an inward french braid going down the side with a flower. So either she really hasn’t started planning yet or VH1 actually has gotten dibs on the show and she can’t say much.
A good piece of advice that she picked up from Niecy Nash? It isn’t about the wedding, it’s about the marriage. Brandy said she’s continuing to make sure she has the best relationship possible.
If you’ll recall – and we know you do because every time there’s a Brandy story someone in the comments brings it up – Brandy did a reality show with her “husband” Robert which followed them in their journey to the birth of their daughter. The thing we all found out was that Brandy and Robert never married and that little lie has followed her everywhere.
Brandy appears really happy with Ryan so while we’d definitely catch the show if it did come on VH1, we can probably do without a wedding special and just see pictures when they surface online.
We shall see.
Would you watch Brandy and Ryan’s wedding special?
Just last week we showed you the new promo photographs of the very revamped cast of BET’s The Game, which premieres March 26, and now we have a few trailers to give you a glimpse at what you can expect. Not a whole lot to see, but you get to see the new cast, with the addition of Lauren London and Jay Ellis in action.
In the first trailer, the “players” as it calls them are in full high-fashion mode, getting up close and personal with one another and giving good face to the camera. Definitely nice…and you can tell they spent some good money on this little trailer.
And despite not being a mainstay on this upcoming season, in an advertisement for both the new seasons of The Game and Let’s Stay Together, we finally get to see Pooch Hall, aka Derwin Davis, and his fine face again. And for some reason, we get a glance at a topless Wendy Raquel Robinson, aka, Tasha Mack, acting like…well, crazy Tasha Mack. Check out the clip and let us know what you think.
Well folks, no matter which “players” get in The Game, as the ads say, the show definitely goes on. And if you’re going to tune in, you might want to do so early so that you can catch Derwin Davis in action, because he’s going…going…and he’ll be gone. Once again, tune in for the the premiere on March 26 on BET.