Sunday, October 28, 2012

G4TV cancels 'Attack of the Show' and 'X-Play'

G4 announced on Friday that it was canceling the shows "X-Play" and "Attack of the Show," with both of the series ending by the end of 2012. The loss of these two serires would mean an end to all of G4's studio programming, leaving the network with only acquired and syndicated programming.

In a press release, G4 Media General Manager Adam Stotsky said:
"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. 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.
Although the loss of these shows, the most popular among those aired by G4, would seem to be a strange move, according to a press release, the network is being rebranded. It will "move into a more upscale, sophisticated guy TV space" with the possibility of being renamed "G4Men."

"X-Play" has aired about 1,300 episodes, and launched in April 2003 on G4 predecessor TechTV. "Attack of the Show has aired over 1,700 episodes, and debuted in March of 2005.

Some of the hosts of the shows have moved onward and upward to further success in the entertainment field. For example, Olivia Munn (pictured) has appeared in movies and scripted television series.

As "Attack of the Show" winds down, hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood will be joined by a number of guest hosts, including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz. Various guests are also expected to join "X-Play" hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter as the show reaches its finale.

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