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Games People Play

Games People Play

  • Premiered: 
    April 23, 2019
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  • Network: BET
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2014 book (Games Divas Play) by Angela Burt-Murray 
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Plot Synopsis

Based on Angela Burt-Murray's book "Games Divas Play," GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is a one-hour drama series that follows a desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist struggling to rebuild a tarnished career, and a scandalous groupie looking to become a star, who all find it is murder trying to stay on top. Vanessa King is a loyal yet skeptical wife who married her high school sweetheart as he was being drafted into the nation's premiere professional basketball league. Her lifestyle changed overnight as they went from college sweethearts to a power couple astride a world of money, easy sex, and glamour. Vanessa is married to Marques King, who is an all-star baller that was able to prepare himself for all aspects of life as a professional basketball player, except the women. His inability to resist temptation causes what may be irreparable damage to his marriage to Vanessa. Kareem Johnson, Marques' best friend and assistant, is a former college basketball standout once destined for fame and fortune. Frustrated by living on the sidelines, he's willing to risk everything for a shot at the life that should have been his. Adding to the mix of drama, along comes Laila James, a cunning and alluring, yet struggling actress. When she realizes that she is never going to get ahead based on pure talent, she decides to embrace her sexy, flashy side to get ahead on social media. She finds that in LA, fame is the ultimate drug. Nia Bullock is a quick-witted, smart and savvy blogger, who gets a new job that she thinks is going to launch her long-dreamed-of journalism career. However, as it turns out, this new job pulls her into the world of celebrity gossip -- big names, high stakes and never-ending scandal. The series opens with Nia getting a promotion and moves to LA, leaving her boyfriend in New York. Vanessa finds out her basketball player husband is still cheating on her. Laila is tired of losing auditions and makes a controversial move to up her social media popularity.

Season 2 of GAMES PEOPLE PLAY premiered on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT on BET, with a simulcast on BET Her. In the season opener, "I Saw What You Did," Laila appears to start a path toward certain stardom after a chance encounter; meanwhile, Marques and Kareem are faced with shocking revelations that rock each of them to their core.
On Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT, BET (and BET Her) premiered "The Greater Good," the Season 2 finale of GAMES PEOPLE PLAY. It becomes clear that the spiders have weaved a larger web and our crew finds themselves wrapped up further in that web than ever before. Marques must face the challenge of pursuing his own interests or the safety of those around him.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Edmonds Entertainment