BET, not surprisingly, has given its two recent scripted hits “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together” new seasons, 22 episodes apiece. Both shows are shot in Atlanta and will begin production soon.
“The Game,” a relationships comedy which was on the CW for three seasons but was canceled in 2009, found a new home last year on BET. There, the show debuted at a robust 7.7 million viewers and continued to draw 3 to 4 million viewers per new episode by season’s end.
The original “Let’s Stay Together,” another relationship-based comedy, opened at 4.4 million but drifted down to around 2 million viewers per episode by season’s end. Relatively speaking, its retention of “The Game” audience was not that great but obviously good enough to keep around.
RonReaco Lee, who grew up in Stone Mountain and plays Jamal on “Let’s Stay Together,” told me today in an interview that “Let’s Stay Together” should begin production in Atlanta at the end of May or early June. Last year, the show taped in the space occupied by “The Mo’Nique Show” at Turner Studios while that talk show was on break.
“The Game” taped last year at the new EUE/Screen Gems, the space formerly occupied by the Lakewood Antiques Market, and should be returning there soon.
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog