It may not be the end of the world, but it’s the end for some as the Television network G4 has announced plans to close out the production of X-Play and Attack of the Show, its two more recognized pieces of original broadcasting. The story broke via Kotaku after a source close to the staff informed them of the changes. This comes off the heels of the reports from NBC Universal looking to rebrand the G4 network into something more akin to a GQ or Esquire program.
The news may not come as a shock to many who believed the network was doomed long ago. Earlier this year, popular video game critic and figurehead on X-Play Adam Sessler departed from the network, joining in the movement led by the exodus of Attack of the Show’s Olivia Munn and more recently Keven Pereira. Many fans of the original TechTV have since dismissed the network for becoming too commercial, and now it appears that it will be abandoning its video game culture entirely in favor of a more “modern male” approach.
Original episodes of Attack of the Show and X-Play will continue at their regularly scheduled times throughout the remainder of the year, and will include special guests as well as clips from the staff’s most memorable moments.
Below is the official statement issued by G4.
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.