*Mara Brock Akil sat down with Essence to discuss her long-running series “The Game,” which BET announced would be ending after seasons eight and nine—both airing in 2015.
The producer says “all good things must come to an end” and shared her thoughts about bidding farewell to the show after eight years across two networks.
Also, she’s hoping to some day film a big screen version of her other popular series, “Girlfriends,” but needs a little help from the fans.
“I think if the fans want something to do, they can contact CBS Paramount and let them know that they want that movie, because I want to do it.”
It feels like the announcement to end The Game came out of nowhere.
It did? There’s always that. There’s always the fantasy you can keep a show alive forever. It’s a beautiful notion to know that you can go out when the show is still celebrated, and be given a proper ending. It’s rare that you can even make it past 100 episodes and make it as long as we’ve gone. That is something to be celebrated, period. The Game is at 147 episodes, I believe.
How are you approaching the 9th season, creatively?
That’s a hard question to answer. We try to be very authentic to the experience. I think we want to approach the 9th season just as organically as we approached the entire series, which is being true to this creative space that we’ve carved out for ourselves—not being afraid of drama and not being afraid of comedy, and being true to the characters. I do know that we will set the characters in a way that you kind of know this is how they end it, but you can also imagine how it could have continued. When you think about the characters you’ll think, ‘I could totally see him or her doing that now.’ Hopefully it will leave a smile or a guffaw laugh, or worry, in a good way, of what’s to come of the characters.
How will you be when you wrap shooting?
We wrap on December 5th and I’m probably going to go through several emotions. I’m probably going to cry and laugh a lot. But you get to do it with people you have a mutual love and respect for so no one’s asking why you’re crying. You’re just hugging it out together and dancing it out together. When I went to tell the cast that we were ending, one of the prevailing conversations was how some true friendships came out of this. There’s real love and care of one another; there’s respect, number one. The actors and the writers, the producers and the actors, the crew … we all respect each other. I’m very proud of how we conduct business, and how we treat each other.
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