For the 2009 season, CW changed programming strategy. Due to the rising costs of production expenses, the network decided it was cheaper to produce hour-long dramas instead of half-hour comedy programming. In anticipation of the change, the producers of The Game wrote an hour-long season finale with no laugh track.
When The Game was picked up by BET, the network had no other half-hour comedy to pair the show with. While new episodes of The Game were being produced, BET had another half-hour long show produced called "Let's Stay Together".