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G4 Announces Cancellation Of Attack of the Show & X-Play


Things have been brewing for a while but cable network G4 has officially announced the cancellation of their long-running shows X-Play and Attack of the Show. Are they replacing it with even better geek shows? No, they’re turning the network into a GQ rip-off. 

It strikes me as odd. G4 is pretty much the only game in town when it comes to geek-specific programming (and some will argue it’s not even that since rolling over from TechTV). Sure, you’ve got things like the Syfy channel airing shows geeks are interested in but G4 meant to target us specifically with comic books, video games, and movie reviews plus coverage of things like E3 and SDCC. Whether or not Attack of the Show and X-Play were your cup of tea, you have to admit outside of the internet, there’s nothing like it. So why would G4 decide to get rid of them when geek properties have never been more popular?

TV Guide revealed the shows will air their finales in December of this year and that current Attack of the Show hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood will see guests hosts visiting like John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz. Past hosts will also appear.

Attack of the Show! and X-Play have been important for G4, and we want to acknowledge the creative people who have helped inspire and showcase the phenomenon of gamer culture,” G4 Media General Manager Adam Stotsky said. “With more than 3,000 episodes aired between them, we have more than enough great material to honor these innovators and their amazing contributions as we bring both shows to a close.”

Nothing has been confirmed but all signs are pointing to the network joining with Esquire or GQ for a more sophisticated male-centric network. TV Guide says one of the names being thrown around is G4Men. (No comment.)

I’m sad to hear the news for the friends I know at the network but I’ll admit, I wasn’t a regular watcher. For geek content most use the internet anyway plus Felicia Day’s Geek and Sundry YouTube channel and Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist are slowly proving a new model can work for nerdy programming. I mean, even reading the title “G4 Announces Cancellation Of Attack of the Show & X-Play” has me imagining folks lifting their heads up from work for a second before returning to their Twitter accounts and blogs.

What are your thoughts?

(via /Film, Deadline)

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  • Anonymous

    Heavens! Where will people go to watch women get goaded into sticking game controllers in their mouths?

  • http://twitter.com/zenvar Michael Martin

    I’ve not watched these shows in awhile, but I’m more upset about what G4 is changing into. Another channel going down the tubes.

  • http://twitter.com/IAmSteamgirl Steamgirl

    I always really liked the folks who worked on the show, but ever since Kevin Pereira left and they didn’t really replace him (though I think Sara Underwood kind of took over) I guess part of me was expecting this to happen. It felt like they were floundering. I’ll miss them though. I used to watch AOTS and X-Play all the time when I was a teenager.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geek.furious Geekfurious Tweets

    Goodbye G4. Hello Nerdist Channel on YouTube.

  • http://twitter.com/seriouslyyouguy you guys

    Why would you prefer G4 over the Nerdist in the first place?

  • http://twitter.com/antiavenger Mike Perry

    To be fair, the quality of this channel died about four years ago already. I haven’t watched it in that long at least and a lot of the comments I’ve seen regarding this news kinda reflect that. I am kinda curious as to the future of “geek” programming on TV though. It seemed to be shrinking to me in recent years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geek.furious Geekfurious Tweets

    I never said I preferred it. I was just advertising. :)

  • http://twitter.com/BeholdTheHair Mitch

    Honestly, G4′s programming, even AotS and TTV, never struck me as particularly geeky. They always felt like an old fashioned network exec’s attempt to cash in on the market while obviously having absolutely no understanding of gamer/nerd culture. Which isn’t to say they were necessarily bad, but neither were they particularly good.

    The mental image of someone hearing about this, lifting her/his head for a moment and muttering, “Oh, hey. Those things. Alright then,” and returning to what (s)he was doing seems about right.

  • Anonymous

    In it’s prime, 3-4 years ago. ATOS was daily viewing for me. But it seems like they stopped talking about videogames 2 years ago. Deadly mistake for the “videogame channel”

  • http://thexbridge.com Jeff Harris

    I honestly felt the powers-that-be at NBC Universal Comcast Amalgamated Incorporation Limited Liability Company Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung could have easily bring those two shows to Syfy, the network that hates science-fiction so much, they literally changed their name to the Polish word for “crap” (I’m not even kidding about that) to bring new life to that terrible channel as well as bring back the geeky nature that used to be a part of Sci-Fi Channel with shows like Sci-Fi Buzz and The Anti-Gravity Room. But they’re not, so they won’t. Shame though. I doubt this GQ-like channel will even cover E3 or SDCC considering it goes against the upscale crowd that likes Cops, Cheaters, and Campus PD, all of which will still be around.

    Go figure.

  • Mark Wyman

    Sure, they aren’t what they used to be; however they still were the only place on cable to go for daily news of tech, movies, comics and games. This is the passing of an era and provides a major landmark in the move towards cable-cutting. Nerdist, Techzilla, CNet, IO9 and such will fill the hole; but I will still shed a tear for the end of a Great Thing™.

  • brandon

    ‘no, they’re turning it into a GQ rip-off’

    HA! Like we need another one of those! *coughwiredcough*

  • Anonymous

    Wow, TV has changed a lot since I stopped watching it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Bazilio/100000132443742 Eric Bazilio

    Youtube?

  • http://twitter.com/GalacticCynthia Cynthia

    Yet another reason to get a Roku or something. I like Geek & Sundry & Nerdist but like to do other things w/my PC while watching that stuff. I stopped watching those shows a couple of years ago, admittedly. I get the scoop on games from links on my guild’s forums mostly. I did enjoy real gamer geek women who are funny & smart like Alison Haislip & Morgan Webb though. It was nice to be somewhat represented in the male-centric programming.

  • brandon

    Nerdist and Io9. Seriously? Io9 is quite literally the ONTD! of geek news. And the less said about the nerdist, the BETTER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Lamare/100002040974572 Nick Lamare

    rip g4

  • http://www.facebook.com/tex.arcana.12 Tex Arcana

    I’m bummed. I watched a few things on g4, including AOTS and XP, not to mention the movies and other geek shows. It was a cool alternative to boring crap programming; and it just “rebranded” itself right out of my watching lineup.