From Previous Website for The Daily-Tea – Originally Published on November 11, 2014
My Girlfriends, my Girlfriends, there through thick and thin. My Girlfriends, my Girlfriends, there for anything. My Girlfriends!
There has been a huge void in TV since February 11, 2008 (the airing of the last episode of Girlfriends). The hit show was created by Mara Brock Akil. The show starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Reggie Hayes. They respectively played Joan Clayton, Toni Childs-Garrett, Maya Wilkes, Lynn Searcy and William Dent.
The show is responsible for the thriving show, The Game, which most don’t remember to be a spin-off of Girlfriends. When The Game was cancelled by The CW in 2009, but then picked up by BET in 2010, countless fans hoped the same would ring true for Girlfriends.
Many fans are still patiently waiting for the return of the hit show rather it be through television or the big screen. The abrupt cancellation of the show left many cliff hangers:
- Will Joan ever get married?
- Will Maya and Darnell (played by Khalil Kain) adopt a baby?
- Is Lynn’s album coming?
- Are William, Monica (portrayed by Keesha Sharp) and the baby going to be okay?
- AND THE BIGGEST CLIFF HANGER OF THEM ALL – Will Joan and Toni ever reunite?
The thought of Girlfriends returning generally lessened over the years until the women started making appearances as a group. In 2013 the cast reunited at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards. They also reunited later in 2013 at Black Girls Rock. The appearances sparked rumors of a return.
In October of 2014, the show begin airing re-runs on TV-One. This was when Mara Brock Akil sent out the tweet saying, “#Girlfriends LIVES… Now back on the grind to get #Girlfriendsmovie.” The tweet sent fans spiraling out of control, cosigning the making of a movie.
Mara Brock Akil recently spoke about the possibilty of a movie with Essence writer, Yolanda Sangweni. Sangweni asked Mrs. Akil about the tweet she sent out that made many think she was confirming a Girlfriends movie. This is what Mara Brock Akil replied with:
I did not confirm it. I did say this: I want it too. The thing is, whether the public cares or understands, there is a business component to all of this. I remain diligent with CBS Paramount, who owns the rights to Girlfriends. I think if the fans want something to do, they can contact CBS Paramount and let them know that they want that movie, because I want to do it. They know I want to do it; I’m very open to it, but there is a business component so I still stay diligent in convincing them that this is a property that is worth thinking about giving the rights to. Let me be very clear, I haven’t been told no. So I guess the real answer is, I remain diligent in trying to get it done. I’m very happy that I did meet with the actors, and all the actors want to do it, last we spoke, so I think if the stars align, we’ll get the business component. Then the second part is you’ve got to go find the money and a studio who believes in that project, and then of course, writing that script, and getting it done. I think it would be great.
Fans, she’s thrown the ball in our court. It’s time to get all those cliffhangers answered. Mara Brock Akil, I believe we’re ready to play ball! #GirlfriendsMovieComingSoon?
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