Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows Ending in December

October 26, 2012 -

Earlier this year it was rumored that gaming and geek culture network G4 would be changing its format to support the "GQ" demographic, and that much of its most popular programming would either be reformatted or discontinued. Today we learn that it looks like its most popular programs will face the latter and not the former. Polygon is reporting that the network's two most popular shows have been cancelled.

Their report is based on this TV Guide article, which notes that both X-Play and Attack of the Show will end production later this year. TV Guide also reports that X-Play and Attack of the Show will begin airing a series of "farewell episodes," featuring former show hosts and special guests. Both programs are set to end in December.

With those top shows gone, one wonders if G4 will also give up on the great coverage it used to provide for various gaming and geek events like Comic-Con, E3, GDC, and more

Update: It looks like G4 is scrapping all of its game-related programming. That sucks.

Source: Polygon


Comments

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

Well, with that the last of the shows that are actually about gaming and technology have gotten the boot.

It is now nothing more than MTV with a splash of Spike TV.

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

Which seems like a bad move.  After all, MTV and Spike do their thing.  Being a bland mix of the two is not likely to get that many viewers....

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

I know I watched a lot when TechTV was open, then my viewing lessened when Call for Help was canceled, then the Screen Savers was turned into Attack of the Show, then they took away what was fun about Xplay.

Now about all I watch on it is Knight Rider and I can get that on Netflix.

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

I was pretty big on watching TechTV and beforehand ZDTV when they were still part of the Ziff Davis network, but after the G4 buyout, it all started going downhill.

Side-note: if you were a fan of Call for Help and the original Screen Savers, a few of the big personalities from TechTV ended up with Leo Laporte at the TWiT Network (This Week in Tech), which started with a very Call for Help-like show by Leo pretty much on his own. If this is new to anyone, they have a slew of podcast shows on all range of tech subjects. twit.tv if you'd like to check it out.

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

I do miss Leo. He heads the tech support team everyone wishes was the norm.

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

And with that, Morgan Webb is out of a job.  Of all the personalities that have been kicking around G$, she's been there almost since its inception.

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

...as it has been since Sessler left. So marks the complete loss of the last vestiges of TechTV. Guess they needed more airtime slots for reruns of Cops.

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Papa Midnight

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

It's funny, though, as I would have thought that out of all the shows, X-Play would have had the most chance of surviving; seeing as how it survived the transition from Tech TV.  And you'd think a gaming review show would have also had a place in GQ somewhere.  But I guess not.

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

It looks like they are axing not based off popularity, but off target demographic.

Which kinda makes sense.  Gamers are a bad demographic for a TV channel to go after since culturally we are more likely to be consuming our media from online sources.

Re: Report: G4 Cancels Attack of the Show and X-Play, Shows ...

Considering the outcry which rang out when TechTV was initially effectively canned in the first place after the buyout by Comcast from Ziff Davis media, I'd argue otherwise. You target the demographic properly, and people will watch. TechTV had Anime, Movies, Video game shows, Tech news shows, an actual live call in for help with your computer show, a hosted LAN party aired live during The Screen Savers where the winner would be announced at the end of every show... and there was Yoshi's Box.

That's how you target gamers.

G4TechTV, and G4, the Cops Network is not. You'd think Comcast would've learned this lesson from TNN / SpikeTV.

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Papa Midnight

 
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