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X-Play, Attack Of The Show Axed By G4


Television, you cruel mistress. Having shown the world of video games love (in limited format) for what seems like an eternity, the digital ghosts of past, present and future now find themselves exorcised by your cruel whims.

Indeed, G4 has decided to cancel both Attack of the Show and X-Play. While a "best of" recap will be in order, both series will meet their bitter end by the end of 2012. After the departure of two of their most visible figures -- Attack of the Show's Kevin Pereira and X-Play's Adam Sessler -- there were whisperings that such a demise might occur. Moreover, according to inside info obtained by Joystiq, the editorial staff of "The Feed" (featured on,) is facing layoffs. G4 would not comment regarding the news -- according to Geeks of Doom, the move is part of G4's plan to attract a more "upscale" male audience -- though as per the information divulged by Joystiq's source, "at least five editors have been laid off and a skeleton crew may remain on staff past the pre-Thanksgiving layoffs."

So good luck to those affected, and for our readers, you can check out the full press release after the jump.

via Joystiq


Both Long-Running Series Helped Define, as Well as Expand,
The Pop Culture and Gaming TV Experience for a Generation

Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 2012 - Attack of the Show! and X-Play are the longest-running and defining series for G4 through its first decade. With the shows ending production at the end of 2012, G4 is getting set to showcase the landmark series as they wind down their long runs on the network.

With upwards of 1,700 and 1,300 episodes, respectively, Attack of the Show! and X-Play defined the gamer culture for a generation of young men, and served as the launch pad for prominent personalities including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick and Adam Sessler. Guests James Cameron, Ryan Reynolds, Jimmy Fallon, William Shatner, Sasha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the notables who got their geek on. The shows also pioneered live-from-the-floor coverage of the two most important conventions in the game culture universe: San Diego Comic-Con and E3.

Leading up to their final episodes, Attack of the Show! and X-Play will look back at their most memorable moments, important scoops, entertaining programming and appealing hosts. A rotating lineup of guest co-hosts like John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz will join AOTS hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood, and X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter as part of the farewell shows.

"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."

Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate male guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture. For the next few months, AOTS will mix new segments with audience favorites, such as the iPhone extravaganza on June 29, 2007, on the eve of the debut of the first generation of Apple's market-changing smartphone. The July 2006 premiere of the first live-from-the-floor coverage from San Diego Comic-Con will be celebrated as well. Old friends will return to join the celebration, and the show's signature cheeky attitude and feel-for-the zeitgeist will be very much in evidence.

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 viewers back through highlights of this landmark show's history, including its exclusive live-from-the-floor coverage of the E3 convention in Los Angeles, the most important annual gathering for the gaming community. X-Play has also established a franchise of doing an annual year-end round-up of the best in a wide range of video games, and you can be sure those will be revisited before the show signs-off for good. As with AOTS, expect old friends to return too.

Attack of the Show! and X-Play will air original episodes through the end of the year.


SoFoolyCoolly said:

Ha, right! Upscale male audience... Don't they still have "Cheaters" in their line-up?

Keith said:

I'm sad to see X-Play go. Even without Adam Sessler, it wasn't a bad show. Attack of the Show, however, will not be missed.

Branovices said:

Having seen their programming line ups... I assume "up-scale" was in quotes not because it was quoting someone, but because it was said sarcastically.

Mikey said:

The bleeding began the day that Olivia Munn left. Then with Kevin and Adam gone, both of their shows were unwatchable. G4 should have tried harder to keep their hosts, or at LEAST find decent replacements. Instead, we get former models and Playmates who don't have an ounce of comedic timing or personality. RIP G4. I don't see anything "upscale" about what's left now. I just see a lot of COPS reruns, bad movies, and shows about T&A.

One thing though... "Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate male guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture."

WTF kind of sexist bullshit is that?! The "ultimate male guide"?! How is gaming and tech news just for men? Jesus Christ. Somebody kick whoever typed that out in the shin, for me.

SuperSwede said:

Branovices: a little bit of both. "Upscale" was takes from the Geeks of Doom article, though I thought it definitely deserve the quotation marks, since I took "upscale" as "we feel that we're above you cretinous man-children."

Though as Mikey pointed out, they've probably missed theatre with their affinity for "COPS." (I'll have to take you at your word, since I don't watch TV, save for Project Runway and reruns of House) Don't get me wrong: I love what Patton Oswalt once described as "white trash under pressure" as much as anyone... I just wouldn't pretend that it falls under my repertoire of highbrow programming.

raindog469 said:

I've downloaded their shows now and then when someone has told me there was a segment of particular interest to me (usually some kind of Atari retrospective with hilariously inaccurate historical reporting). I've seen parts of each of these series on the Web and been appalled, but have never once tuned into G4 on my actual television since they bought TechTV only to drop the whole "tech news" thing in favor of becoming Caffeine Free Diet SpikeTV. Because we nerds apparently either don't have money or don't buy anything they want to advertise.

Now they might as well change their name to DBagTV, since douchebags are their remaining core audience.

Shin Gallon said:

At this point, cancelling them is basically a mercy killing.

pondyjacobs said:

I'm glad they're finally putting Xplay down. I was never a fan of AotS, so I could care less, but I used to love Xplay - especially when it was back on TechTV. It was informative and pretty funny at times to boot. Much like how RedLetterMedia made their Star Wars and Star Trek reviews more interesting by reviewing them from the perspective of a 100+ year-old murderous psychopath, Xplay had plenty of running gags and skits to keep the show from being a boring series of game reviews in a half hour segment every week. (Or was it daily? I can't remember...)

Then G4 rolled in and everything about that channel went down the drain. I stopped watching Xplay before they ruined it, but I did see an episode a few months ago and I was appalled. All the fun and humor was gone and it seemed they had basically turned it into AotS: Video Game Edition. Adam and Morgan were now devoid of the personalities they had donned for entertainment purposes early in the show, and were now just boring hosts shuffling the show from one review to the next. There were now random attractive people who clearly didn't care about what they were saying spouting off game statistics and industry news in pointless, AotS-style segments. Just like Old Yeller, Xplay is now sick and deranged. It's sad (For me, anyway), but it has to go.

lol That was kind of a rant, but I guess I've been wanting to get that off my chest for awhile now.

tony said:

i still miss techtv.

koen said:

I used to love these shows on techtv and a bit after the name change too! But they got so raunchy and I was like, peace. I liked Adam, but when he tried to have his own show and got to big an ego I knew the end was soon. and Kevin got more and more creepy as the show turned more into T and A oriented. Like they were trying to assure everyone that just because they're a bunch of guys showing each other their toys doesn't mean that they're gay. So here are some sluts for us to enjoy!! I feel bad that the shows I once loved became just like proverbial Ex's where you wonder what went wrong after the break-up?!?

Xeno said:

I used to watch X-Play, but after Adam Sessler left the show, I lost interest in it. I never watched Attack of the Show, except when John Barrowman was guest-hosting, of course.

Richard said:

I miss TechTV, The Screen Savers, and all the gang.

G4 was just Maxim and Playboy on tv.

Demyx said:

Kind of a mercy killing if you ask me. When someone is suffering...

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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