A channel well known for launching gaming into the forefront in television coverage, G4 announced today that they will be cancelling their long running programs "X-Play" & "Attack of the Show". Once known as the go-to place for reviews, previews and developer interviews, X-Play will be missed by tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of fans. Attack of the Show was a home for all of Geekdom. Sadly, those doors are closing as well.
G4 appears to be moving in a new direction as they are removing their video game and geek culture shows in favor of a more masculine "lifestyle" network. How this will effect G4's standings in the television world we will have to wait and see, but early reports from fans don't look good. The programs will finish out the year and will feature multiple guest star appearances, as well as rundowns of the shows best moments.
G4 issued a statement about the decision:
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 theirmost 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 and Sara 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.
Farewell my late-night guilty pleasures. My DVR will be lonely without you.