I've been a fan of G4 since the early 1990's, when the network was broadcast on old-school satellite networks as Tech TV. So it is with heavy heart that I learned of the cancellation of two of the network's original shows, Attack of the Show and X-Play.
News of the cancellation of the shows was first reported by TV Guide who quoted G4 Media general manager Adam Stotsky:
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.
The network has been signaling trouble when two of the series' leads Adam Sessler and later Kevin Pereira parted ways with the network amid rumors of contract disputes. It seemed that X-Play was able to recover from this hosting crisis, but Attack of the Show has been floundering with guest hosts since Pereira's departure. Sessler and Pereira have moved on to better opportunities, but I don't think the current incarnation of G4 will be able to survive the cancellation of their flagship series.
X-Play has been the premiere source for video game news and reviews, and the cancellation of the show will leave a vacuum in that space. Attack of the Show is a hodge-podge of nerd culture, internet video clips and tech news, and frankly I'll miss it less than X-Play. But the real problem for the network is that they have very little original content left to support the network. Shows like Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan and American Ninja Warrior are compelling but infrequent enough that I'm doubtful that they can sustain the network. Coverage of conventions like Comic-Con, E3 and PAX was helmed by the two cancelled shows, so it is possible that these events will lose their primary source of broadcast coverage. All together this isn't good news for the network, and I expect it to either look very different after a redesign, or to fold altogether. I could be wrong – I hope I'm wrong – but things look grim without the network's two flagship shows.
Both of the cancelled shows will continue airing new episodes through December.
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