After over 20 months off the air, popular television series The Game returns to network television as a new addition to BET Network’s primetime roster. On January 11th, eager and loyal fans will finally see their favorite characters from The Game return to life on the small screen. On a cozy couch at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC, we sat down with Wendy Raquel Robinson to get the inside scoop on what some are calling the greatest sitcom revival in black entertainment.
Known for her role on the show as â€œTasha Mackâ€, sports agent and original mom-ager of â€œMalik Wright,â€ Wendy exhibits just as much confidence and flair in person as her famed character does on screen. Donning a fitted little black dress and a glowing smile, Wendy opened up about the shock behind The Gameâ€™s initial cancellation and how the overwhelming response from fans has changed her lifeâ€¦
What does it mean to you to be back on the set of The Game after the show was canceled?
Thatâ€™s the number one question Iâ€™ve been asked and I have to say itâ€™s just magical. I do believe there is a God. Iâ€™m just so happy but more than that Iâ€™m humbled. To get a second chance at a show that I just love, for a character I adore. It just does not happen. So Iâ€™m really thankful and looking forward to infinite possibilities for where, not only [my] character can go, but where this show can go. Iâ€™m even more excited for BET for stepping out and doing original programming and really trying something new. Itâ€™s unprecedented. Theyâ€™re taking a huge risk and opening up opportunities for so many of us. Actors, producers, makeup artists – all these people that werenâ€™t working now have jobs again.
Were you surprised at the outpour of support from fans?
You know whatâ€™s crazy? When we were on the CW, I mean we got a lot of love, but we didnâ€™t get press and all of that good stuff. It wasnâ€™t until the cancellation when BET picked it up and started running re-runs that people were like â€œOh my God, I love the show! Whatâ€™s going on with the show?â€ Then Moâ€™Nique jumped on the bandwagon and she did her petition for fans to say something, and then the cast came together and we did our little shout outs. I mean from the power of the pen and the power of technology, everything just came together. It doesnâ€™t always work that way. I honestly donâ€™t know of another instance where it has. Iâ€™m honored to be apart of it. I feel like this is history. And we came back bigger and better and stronger and faster. Itâ€™s a well-oiled machine.
When the show was first canceled, what was your immediate thought? Did you think there was hope?
My immediate thoughts were something like…(continued next page)