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BET renews The Game and Let’s Stay Together + Announces new scripted programs

Coming off of the success of its best year ever in 2010 and best quarter ever for 1Q’11, BET Networks announced that it will unveil a brand new slate of programming for BET and CENTRIC at its 2011 Upfront presentation at the Best Buy Theater in New York. During the event, BET plans to announce that it will continue its focus on original scripted content with a new sitcom, REED BETWEEN THE LINES, starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The Network will also unveil new scripted web originals, LENOX AVENUE and THE COME UP, and also its first ever sci-fi thriller web series, ODESSA and ASYLUM, all of which will run across all BET Digital platforms — BET.com, BET Mobile and BET On Demand. BET will also announce another season of THE GAME and a second season of LET’S STAY TOGETHER. In addition to scripted programming, BET will also introduce a new music docu-series, THE MESSAGE, which is a four part series about the music, the culture and the message of hip-hop. The Network will also bring back a number of its popular returning series and tent poles including BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, SUNDAY BEST and the BET AWARDS ’11.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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The Game draws record 7.7M viewers for season four debut on BET

The CW-canceled comedy series The Game had an impressively strong debut on its new home, the cable network BET. The fourth season premiere drew a record 7.7 million viewers.

BET’s scripted night of programming broke ratings records as millions tuned in on Tuesday, January 11 to watch the hour long cable debut of THE GAME at 10:00 p.m.* and the series premiere of LET’S STAY TOGETHER at 11:00 p.m.* THE GAME was the #1 ad-supported sitcom telecast in cable TV history, garnering 7.7 million total viewers according to the Nielsen Company and was the #1 THE GAME telecast on broadcast and cable ever. The premiere also ranks as the #2 telecast in BET history among viewers (behind BET AWARDS ’09).

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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The CW Picks Up The Beautiful Life, Melrose Place and Vampire Diaries; But Passes on Gossip Girl Spinoff and Cancels Privileged and The Game [Update: Reaper and ‘Chris’ Also Canceled]

The CW has officially picked up three shows to series: The Beautiful Life, Melrose Place and Vampire Diaries.  All three shows were rumored to be picked up for some time.

Meanwhile, the Gossip Girl spinoff is officially dead.

In cancellation news, The CW has axed two shows: dramedy Privileged and the comedy The Game.

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