It’s Time To Save The CW’s Everybody Hates Chris and The Game


When The CW announced it’s early renewals for the Fall 2009 schedule, I was shocked to learn that Everybody Hates Chris wasn’t on the list. Considering that the only reason The Game still gets viewers is because of a strong show like EHC coming after it, it’s no surprise that the Girlfriends spin-off was also not on the early renewal list. The time is now to act and get those letters written and those blog posts up showing your support for these shows.

I sensed that this was coming when they decided to move both Everybody Hates Chris and The Game to Friday nights. Either they figure this economy is so bad that people will stay in to watch these shows, or they plan to rely on Smallville and Supernatural to keep the network floating and screw over the black viewership they didn’t seem to care for in the first place. As much as I like Supernatural, even that show has had it’s day and is now trying to extend itself with creating a possible third wheel to the show. Don’t even get me started on Smallville, it’s way past time for Clark to leave that joint.

When Everybody Hates Chris first came out it was a show that seemed a better fit for cable. It’s humor was very edgy, which given the fact it was based on Chris Rock, shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Due to the success of the series and the fact that I suspect a wider audience was watching, a lot of things changed over time.

The racial politics of the series became more even, the situations started to have more perspective as they began to include other races and they toned down the number of Joey Caruso smacked Chris around. Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne, while highly watched, has yet to have this kind of inclusiveness and balance. It seems however even-keel comedy is boring now and The CW is simply trying to echo that point by sticking it to Friday’s.

While I’m not a big fan of The Game, I do believe a lot of it’s success has been it’s ability to get ratings by coming on after EHC. Even now in it’s Friday schedule slot, EHC is front and center. As far as the show itself beyond it’s connection to the lead show, it has gotten somewhat better.

When I decided to pop a look into the show I didn’t really know what the show was supposed to be about. I had the general notion that it was supposed to be about football players and the women that love them. The impression that I was left with after the first episode was that it seemed very unfocused and uncertain about what it wanted to be.

The Game, much more than Everybody Hates Chris, seems to get more mention from the African-American blogging community. With the series being in it’s third season, I suspect that it’s doing something right. Still, despite the show’s larger following, I wouldn’t give The CW credit for just renewing The Game and not Everybody Hates Chris.

The plan, if my guess is right, is to axe both shows and to largely depend on it’s white audience to carry them for the fall season. It’s mid-1990’s Fox all over again folks and we can’t let that happen again.

As usual getting the word out about the possible cancellation of both shows through the blogs is a good move. Nothing however beats the old school phone calls and fan letters to the network itself. You can write to and call the president of The CW, Dawn Ostroff, at the following address:


Dawn Ostroff,
The CW Network
11800 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles
, CA 90025(310) 575-7000
(818) 977-500


You can also go to The CW website and try to leave some fan support that way. It may even be good to go around the various television forums to spread the word about the shows possibly being cancelled. Anything is better than nothing at this point.


Even if nothing comes of these efforts and the shows are canceled, black people can at least say that they give a damn about something other than Ray-J getting a girlfriend. Let us have our shows for one more year and then you can go back to ripping off old tv shows no one cared about in the first place.

-M. Milam

25 thoughts on “It’s Time To Save The CW’s Everybody Hates Chris and The Game”

  1. It’s sad that CW has opted to not include Everybody Hates Chris and The Game for it’s Fall 2009 lineup. After they canceled Girlfriends, I said I wouldn’t tune into their network anymore, but I conceded to show support for these two shows. And now that they are being cancelled, I seriously want tune in to the network.

    I find it an insult that more and more networks are opting for shows that fail to reflect the racial mixture of today’s society.

  2. I agree with you, laughing808. I was a huge fan of Girlfriends, and EHC and The Game are the sole reasons I tune in to the CW. If they’re not renewed, there’s no reason to watch. And since House of Payne does not move me AT ALL (sorry, Tyler Perry – love your plays and movies!), the pool of black shows will dwindle to zero for me. Sad, so sad, …

  3. If this show is canceled, it means the end of quality TV as we know it

  4. I am so appalled at the CW! I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT THE “CW” IS SO INSENSITIVE TO ITS AFRICAN AMERICAN VIEWERS!!!! I hate the CW, I hate Gossip Girls and Smallville and all the other BS that you all play… The Game and Everybody hates Chris and America’s Next Top Model (which is is getting old) are the only reasons why I TUNE IN AT AAALLLLLLL!! Never mind the fact that you all turn over Black Shows like a two bit prostitute.. I still love and want to support the only two shows that happen to come on this white washed channel. I’m not into what happens on one tree hill… and I know you dont think I count, I’m but one lowly Black viewer but I matter because were there is but one of me, I HAVE FRIENDS THAT HAVE FRIENDS THAT HAVE FRIENDS AND WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING ISNT RIGHT!!! Its bad enough Girlfriends is gone PLEASE DONT DO THIS TO US AGAIN…

  5. I agree with you, i miss the show so much it was funny and cool…PLEASE RETURN IT…PLEASE…

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