Friday, October 26, 2012

G4 Cancels Fan Favorites 'Attack of the Show' And 'X-Play'

Credit: G4
Earlier this year Comcast/NBCUniversal announced that G4 TV would be getting rebranded to appeal to a much more different audience.  More of a GQ meets Wired Magazine is how we heard it described by a former G4 host this past summer.  

When this announcement was made, many wondered how Attack of the Show and X-Play would fit into the new programming idea.  Today we found out that they don't.

G4 has announced that AOTS and X-Play will have their last shows in December of this year.  Take the jump to read their statement.

G4's two longest-running and defining series, Attack of the Show! and X-Play, will be ending their run at the end of 2012. Both shows will include original episodes through the end of the year, and will look back at their most memorable moments as we lead up to their final episodes. A rotating lineup of guest co-hosts including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel
 and Horatio Sanz will join AOTS hosts Candace Bailey andSara Underwood, and X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter as part of the farewell shows.

With well over a thousand episodes each, Attack of the Show! and X-Play have defined gamer culture for a generation, serving as the launch pad for prominent personalities including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick and Adam Sessler. Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture. X-Play made its debut almost two years earlier, on April 28, 2003 (on G4’s previous incarnation: TechTV), and immediately became the go-to destination for young men seeking the latest video game news, honest reviews, hands-on demos and exclusive video game trailers and footage. The year-end celebration will take you back through highlights of these landmark shows' history, including its exclusive live-from-the-floor coverage of San Diego Comic-Con and E3.

Both long-running shows helped define, as well as expand, the pop culture and gaming TV experience for a generation. We hope you've had as much fun watching them as we have had making them, and sincerely hope you join us in bidding a fond farewell to Attack of the Show and X-Play's as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series' finale.

As of right now there is no further comment from G4 or NBCUniversal.  Speculation has begun about whether or not a new incarnation of these shows will come to be, or if the new G4 will be a complete programming overhaul.  (Where will we see 10 hours of COPS reruns now??)  

With no more information coming from the network, we don't know if this also means that their coverage from E3, CES or Comic-Con will also be affected.  We hope to hear more from G4/NBCUniversal soon.

Since the days of TechTV, Attack of the Show and X-Play were a haven for nerds of all kind to come together.  When TechTV became G4, the channel was a place to see coverage of the things that would shape popular culture in the coming years.  E3, CES, Comic-Con...these were things that mainstream media didn't pay much attention to.  G4 didn't just pay attention to it, they became one of the reasons that these things exploded.

For years they were the only ones broadcasting from these conventions.  Because of their presence and audience loyalty, if you were launching a new video game title, releasing a comic book or sci-fi movie, you HAD to appear on these shows.  You wanted the hosts to talk about how cool your project was because that got fans to seek it out to judge for themselves.   

The loyal audience of these shows have listened to the opinions of the hosts and correspondents because they felt like they were friends.  Comic book fans could count on Blair Butler to tell us what we needed to pick up that week in 'Fresh Ink'.  We knew what movies we didn't have to bother watching at home with Chris Gore's 'DVDuesday' reviews.  Was the new camera that Ashton Kutcher wants us to buy worth spending money on?  We found out during 'Gadget Pron'.  When we needed to see the first game play footage of (insert any major video game here), we counted on X-Play to bring it to us.  The X-Play fans respect the opinions of the hosts because they know that they are just as hardcore about games as they are.

Attack of the Show and X-Play were places that felt comfortable because we felt that we were one of them.  Fans can only hope that whatever the new G4 has in store for 2013 will include them.

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