Tia Mowry, like everyone else, wasn’t surprised when she heard about "The Game" being cancelled. She recently sat down with BET’s TV blog, Stay Tuned, to talk about the show and her future plans.
"To be honest with you, it wasn’t a shock to me," Tia said. "I’ve been in this business since I was 14 years old and you pick up things and learn from past experiences."
So, she wasn’t shocked, but did she think it was unfair? "That’s a very hard question to answer." she told BET. "Now to say if it’s racism, I don’t really know if I can answer that question, but I mean, it is what it is. What I will say is that certain shows did get more attention, certain shows did get more money put into their marketing, which it helps with ratings. ‘The Game’ was not getting that and we are a Black show."
And while she was on the subject, Tia was also asked to weigh in on this fact: Tyler Perry’s "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" are the only Black shows on television, and both have been criticized by high-profile African Americans for their low-brow appeal. She had this to say: "One thing I absolutely love is that I’ve been able to play smart, independent, fun, loving, real down-to-Earth characters and I feel that I am blessed to be able to do that and that’s one of the main reasons why people love Mara [Brock Akil, the show's creator] and her writing," and "We ['The Game'] get half of ‘House of Payne’’s ratings, so if they’re putting out numbers, then that’s what networks are gonna love and continue to put out there."
Like us, Tia sees a future for her "The Game" character Melanie. She admitted to BET that "I told Mara that I’m not ready for Melanie to be over…People love these characters, but not only do fans, so do the actors. I feel like Melanie has been my dream role because she’s a real person."
But, while she’s hopeful that another network will pick up the show and give her more work, she’s also not holding her breath for that to happen. She revealed that she’s back to work with her sister, Tamara Mowry, on a production company. "We’re like, shoot if Tyler Perry can do it, we can do it." Their first project is a Lifetime movie that is "almost greenlit" and should begin production in late 2009 or early 2010.
Tia’s also worked it out for Pleasure P in a video (we wonder what kind of clip that will be?!) and shot a commercial for a cosmetics line called Sheer Cover.
We’re so happy to see that she’s moving on and getting work, but we’re still holding out hope that we’ll see her and the rest of the cast back together again!
– Whitney Teal