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BET's 'The Game' hopes to score an Emmy nomination

June 7, 2011 | 12:49 pm

BET wants to play ball with the Emmy Awards, thanks to "The Game."

The comedy about the women involved with the members of a fictional football team has been submitted by BET for consideration in the category for outstanding comedy series, marking the first time in the 30-year history of BET that a scripted series has been submitted into a major Emmy division.

Vying for a major Emmy marks another milestone for "The Game," which was resurrected by BET after it was canceled by the CW in 2009 due to low viewership. The premiere of "The Game" in January scored record ratings while outdistancing other more highly publicized shows like FX's "Lights Out" and ABC's "Off The Map."

The success of "The Game" has also been a major boost for BET, which had come under continual criticism for several years by critics and others who claimed the network was not being active enough in developing original scripted series. Much of BET's programming under previous management centered on music videos and reality shows. Executives for the network are developing other scripted comedies and dramas.

BET also submitted "The Pitsy Shuffle," a comedic song on "The Game," in the outstanding music and lyrics category.

"Let's Stay Together," BET's other scripted comedy which is paired with "The Game," was not submitted for Emmy consideration.


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Photo: Cast of BET's "The Game." Credit: Paul Abell / Picture Group