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G4 Canceling X-Play, Attack of the Show. Gaming Programming Nixed, Source Says

Kotaku:G4—the network once known as the go-to destination for video game-friendly programming—is ending its gaming programming. The network is informing its employees in meetings today. (Industry)

Update A TV Guide report confirms that Attack of the Show and X-Play will be ending production at the end of this year. Both shows will be airing new episodes until December, with farewell shows and celebrity guest stars showing up as the programs wind down.

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NYC_Gamer  +   735d ago | Well said
nrvalleytime  +   735d ago
and good luck to everyone who might lose their jobs because of the news.
MAJ0R  +   735d ago
Hopefully they will find jobs at real gaming places. Tech TV was the original channel before it became G4TV and was bought out by people who only care about money. Definitely sucks...
darthv72  +   735d ago
bring back
ZDTV or TechTV before it merged to become G4.

Personaly, after the merge is when i felt things went downhill. I understand the difference in generations that watch the various programs but the attitudes on programs like AOTS was very unprofessional as compared to a show like ScreenSavers.

I liked X-Play but you just started seeing more and more commercials and less of the actual show content. When they did away with Icons was a big loss for me anyway.

You never like to read about people losing their jobs but their drastic changes in programing and the lack of professionalism is what hurt them.
EVILDEAD360  +   734d ago
Gamers didnt support those shows anyways. There is no unity in gaming anymore. If there was ever an article about that station it was always negative responses that ruled the day.

It was inevitable that the ratings would plummet. Because the average gamer never knew when to actually catch the shows the liked. It was always repeats of 'Ninja' etc. As a whole gaming is divisive. No one even cared about Adam until he left. People whined about Kevin until he left. Everyone whined about the females on there as well.

Name a gaming site on the internet and it's the same thing. It's crazy that not ONE show or ONE format could last in this day and age for gaming.

Which was telling when MS and the industry went with Spike over G4 for many of the big events..namely the VGAs and E3 for MS.

Always thought it was a great concept as a channel. Too bad there was never enough content to make G4 must watch television all the time.

scotchmouth  +   734d ago | Funny
They probably need more time slots for episodes of cops
pixelsword  +   734d ago
I didn't like those shows, watched them for a little while, but stopped.
Blacktric  +   734d ago
G4 will only air Mountain Dew, Doritos, Halo and Call Of Duty commercials from now on.
darthv72  +   734d ago
yeah the concept was good. Although I think what happened was the attempt to be young and hip with the new G4 was the turn off for many. The immature antics were detracting from the seriousness of the content. Or at least the attempt to be serious when it came to guests that were on to discuss new projects.

I liked the old ZDTV/TechTV. AudioFile, Icons, ScreenSavers and the early Xplay where they showed more gameplay instead of trying to be sarcastic (oops, not trying, they were).

It was like, management came to adam and morgan and said they needed to up their rudness and sarcasm levels.

The addition of non gaming or tech related programming didnt help. Although, i did enjoy ninja warrior once in a while.
JoySticksFTW  +   734d ago
"They probably need more time slots for episodes of cops"

Don't forget Cheaters

Aw, HufandPuf down below beat me to it :)

But I used to love Icons and Portal
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Persistantthug  +   734d ago
@EVILDEAD360.....GiantBomb seems to do pretty well.
I never really hear any real complaints about them.
greenpowerz  +   734d ago
G4TV shows died because they didn't pay attention to the change in gamer pop culture.

Nerds, gamers and techies have changed and adults(hosts) acting like loser kids from the 90's turned people off.

Nerds, gamers and techies are much more mainstream as being smart has become the new cool and or norm vs (nerdom)

Their behaviour is patronizing to people watching.

Too many ways of getting the info/news/opinions from alternate sources to keep slapstick shows alive. The shows never matured/grew-up.

The slow down in game releases is effecting things as well.

Their style is a relic of the past and doesnt really fit today's audience. Nerds/gamers/techies go to the gym, go clubing, go on dates, and are metro sexual now and have blended into the mainstreme.

Nerds/gamers/techies have moved towards the mainstreme and the mainstreme has moved towards the demos mentioned above.
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SilentNegotiator  +   734d ago

Actually, no one supported it because it sucked.
They were out of touch.

Not because of a lack of unity of gamers.
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zeeshan  +   734d ago
COPS/CHEATERS TV it is then. Oh and lets not forget LOST/HEROES re-runs. Wow! This is like the END of G4TV isn't it? At least to us gamers!

One good thing that I can see coming out of this is at least I won't have to watch and listen to Sara Underwood! I mean, that woman is soooo annoying!
Dee_91  +   734d ago
well g4tv been dead to me since dtv and g4 couldnt come to an agreement.i guess all we have now is my avy.... goodtimes
subtenko  +   734d ago
Shoulda never changed from G4 Tech Tv. They were at their prime back then with shows like Judgement day, the humor added was somewhat like a Mega64-esq feel. They had really interesting people there who are all doing different things now.

People like Chris Pirillo, so many funny and awesome moments,lol. Plus it was back in the 90's right? The 90's were a one of a kind time no doubt.
Arcanine  +   734d ago
Thats that's what you get for putting on stupid police shows
SilentNegotiator  +   734d ago
....and hello 24/7 Cops and Cheaters network.
gintoki777  +   734d ago
don't understand how one can watch - _ -
Blasphemy  +   734d ago
Called it! I said this when Kevin Pereira left that the show would be cancelled soon. That guy was Attack of the show without him what do you have?
MEsoJD  +   734d ago
G4 and tech tv have been dead for a long time.
Syntax-Error  +   734d ago
Everyone blaming the programming, the shows, the hosts, the gaming community and YOU'RE ALL WRONG! I knew this was happening back in April because my sister in law works as the wardrobe designer for AOTS and X-PLAY. Morgan Webb was even at her wedding. I asked her about Sessler leaving and she said they didnt renew his contract because they are changing the entire channel. They have a new CEO and he doesn't like the format. He wants a more Lifestyle type channel instead. He said that station isn't making money in it's current format and he doesn't want to continue any of the programming. He's starting from scratch. Quit speculating because only one person can change an entire station and drop it's top rated shows.
BELIE7ER  +   734d ago
The infomation you gave was helpful but the insult was not.
TheDivine  +   734d ago
The problem isnt that gaming and tech shows cant have an audience its that their shows suck/sucked. I want real previews, good reviews not by immature fake gamers who are 40ish and act 12. Show cool tech stuff, movie news, exc. Cops, cheaters, campus pd, and ninja crap isnt going to get ratings. Theirs a huge audience of people like us they just went after the 12 year olds instead. Show the history of gaming, go back and do a full hour on why FF rocks or just on how FF7 made a huge impact. show hidden gems like Okami and interview the developers. That indy game movie did well and g4 could have also but one 30 minute show that gives a couple crappy reviews on popular titles without going into depth isnt what i want and i think most agree with me. AOTS is alright but it isnt done well enough and its too forced to be funny most of the time. Sucks for the employees but all the personalities will easily find work and production peeps can work on the new stuff hopefully. It does need to change as its a dead fish right now, anythings better imo.
Dee_91  +   734d ago
lmao... i like how he said every one is wrong and blaiming the wrong thing then go on to blaim basically the same thing he said wasnt to blaim.
obvious tween is obvious
CDzNutts  +   734d ago
The information you gave sounds like what everyone has already been saying on this thread.

The shows aren't good, so the CEO is changing them.

What are you telling us that hasn't been already said?
DeadlyFire  +   734d ago
I never expected GTTV to outpace G4TV. Wow.

So they will be renaming that channel to Japanese game show TV soon right?
gintoki777  +   733d ago
I rather watch Japanese game shows than Cops and cheaters
synce  +   734d ago
RIP? G4 died many years ago
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Wagz22  +   734d ago
G4TV has unfortunately been life support for a while.
nrvalleytime  +   735d ago
Sad day. I used to really enjoy watching those shows - hope that everyone involved lands safely in other jobs.
Xenial  +   735d ago
G4 was dying anyway; after Adam Sessler & Kevin Preira left, it went down-hill.
marioPSUC  +   735d ago
Its been dying since they re-branded it G4tv and took away so many of their good shows except for AOTS and Xplay, the deathblow was when Kevin and Adam left.
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Silly Mammo  +   735d ago
So is G4 going to just be a network of reality show reruns? Not exactly gripping television
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lashes2ashes  +   735d ago
No worse. It is being rebranded to be like spike tv, this macho men tv shit is so stupid luckily girls know all men are not like what spike tv thinks we are. The rumor is they are going to partner with maxim or esquire and call it Gmen tv.
attilayavuzer  +   735d ago
That whole macho, Spike TV, man-cave thing went out of style in 2010.
Eldyraen  +   735d ago
Agreed. If that last part is true though its just sad.
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pixelsword  +   734d ago
With the words "man-cave" being thrown around, I wonder what the "G" in "Gmen TV" stands for.
Human Analog  +   734d ago
@ Pixelsword.... The "G" is for 'gina.
BlackPrince 42  +   735d ago
It's supposed to merge with Esquire magazine or something and become a men's TV network.

It's going to be called G4Men.
camel_toad  +   734d ago
G4TV is going to be renamed COPS.
AzaziL  +   734d ago
That's all TV has become, every single channel is being filled with Reality garbage, even the educational channels have become nothing more than watching pawn shops, people driving trucks, and honey boo boo.

It's a disgrace and it all feels like it's being shoved down our collective throats. I honestly wouldn't order cable tv if I moved on my own, it's a complete waste of money.
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3-4-5  +   735d ago
Kevin knew. And so it finally happens.
oONinjavitiSOo  +   734d ago
You are correct. He was even talking about it somewhat on "The Joe Rogan experience" podcast.
Eazy-Eman  +   735d ago
That's a damn shame. I still remember when Kevin Pereira(I know typo) was doing his last attack of the show episode they were making fun of him in trying to get another decent job...looks like kevin got the last laugh.
AnotherProGamer  +   735d ago
Cops followed by a marathon of Cops.
TheGameHuntah  +   735d ago
Hufandpuf  +   735d ago
and cheaters.
Stay-Toasty  +   734d ago
And don't forget Quantam Leap.
TENTONGUN  +   734d ago
g4 sucks, i hate cops in general, and i hate watching them on tv. the old g4 before the merger with tech tv was an all video games channel 24/7. its was pretty cool then. anyone remember? anyways, big wigs are dipshits
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RmanX1000  +   734d ago
i had DirecTV so i stopped getting G4 awhile ago, so its good to know their scheduling didnt change at all. I miss my 22 and a half hours of Cheaters and Cops. /sarcasm
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TooTall19  +   735d ago
Those 2 shows were the only thing I watched on G4.
Conzul  +   734d ago
Yeah, they made the place alright. Now the only thing similar is IGN :-(
modesign  +   735d ago
if you wiki adam sessler, his occupation is unemployeed. haha that sucks, how embarrassing.
BlackPrince 42  +   735d ago
He actually left G4 many months back.

He's probably still unemployed because of contract language that says he can't be on another network for some arbitrary period of time.

I think he saw what was coming and got the hell out.
cl1983  +   734d ago
He's doing independent contract work for different companies.
KwietStorm  +   735d ago
Yes, so funny and embarrassing. What a model citizen you are.
pixelsword  +   734d ago
I just can't laugh at someone being unemployed.

I just can't.
barb_wire  +   734d ago
Wiki's out of date.. cause Adam and Kevin are on SyFy channels' Viral Video Showdown as Judge/Presenter. Air's Oct 30th.
FamilyGuy  +   734d ago
Adam was a tv for years, I'm sure he's made plenty of money and saved more than enough in that time to take a loooooong vacation from working.
SilentNegotiator  +   734d ago
LOL, I know it's just a typo, but "Adam was a TV for years" made me laugh.
FamilyGuy  +   734d ago
Oops lol
BlaqMagiq24  +   734d ago
Wow youre a douche.
BlackPrince 42  +   735d ago
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FarCryLover182  +   735d ago
Now we know why Kevin and Adam left. Well especially Adam since his contract was about to be up and they must have told him that there would be no point in renewing his contract.
Plagasx  +   735d ago
The final Nail in the coffin. I had really good times with G4.

I enjoyed AOTS and X-Play in the early years but it went downhill.

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ConstipatedGorilla  +   735d ago
I have Sirius and have always wondered why there is no Tech/Game channel. I think it would be awesome. A lot cheaper to run for sure. No visuals of course, but it would be cool to just have a talk forum on air.
jagstatboy  +   735d ago
That sucks. I really enjoyed X-Play. And Attack was good for eye candy. Dang it!
smashcrashbash  +   734d ago
I knew it was going down when they stopped showing 'Movies that don't suck' and just showed any movie whether it sucked or not.
wingman32x  +   734d ago
Even though I haven't watched either in a while, this is very sad news for me. I remember the gold mine of gaming content and awesome shows just after the merger.

Xplay, AOTS, Judgement Day, Electronic Playground, Icons, Arena, Cinematech, Cheat, and a few others I can't remember the names to.

The channel was so great at one point. It's a shame it had to slowly implode the way it did.

RIP XPlay and AOTS. They were the two remaining pillars holding up the channels name. The destruction is now complete.
RandomGamer  +   734d ago
Well here in Canada we still have Reviews on the Run and Electric Playground,I wonder will they be canceled here.... man tho I remember how great it use to be.
Yodagamer  +   734d ago
So i guess i'm watching my e3 coverage else where next year, it's such a shame i enjoyed them in their prime
gatormatt80  +   734d ago
That's exactly what I was thinking too.They were the go to channel for E3 coverage. For that whole week they aired pretty much nothing but E3 coverage, which was frigging awesome. The convenience of all the E3 conferences, except for MS, on one channel in HD was the best. I hope maybe Spike will now start to cover and air all of E3 like G4 did, including all of the conferences. If not I guess I'll be watching more online live streams.
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Yodagamer  +   734d ago
I believe spike did last year, i know they had the conferences since it was the only way to watch it on directv.
ApolloTheBoss  +   734d ago
Poor Morgan, Sarah and all the other G4 employees. Hope they find better jobs.
specialguest  +   734d ago
Morgan will be fine
She's married to multi-millionair Rob Reid who was the sole founder of listen.com which later launched Rhapsody. The guy also gave a speech in TED which is where only successful industry leaders are invited to speak at. I'm sure with his influence in the industry, he could easily help her find another gig.
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ApolloTheBoss  +   734d ago
Wow really? Did not know that.
josephayal  +   734d ago
gaming is dying
Conzul  +   734d ago
No, it's just that gaming *media* repeatedly dies.
Mostly due to gamers themselves, in that they are incurable bitches. I myself am one such bitch ;]
WeskerChildReborned  +   734d ago
Well now G4 is officially dead.
Rivitur  +   734d ago
Only thing I watched was x-play, Aots, and Bomb Squad Afghanistan. Only thing videogame related on TV now would probably gametrailertv on spike.
tweet75  +   734d ago
wont miss it the only time i watched it was when E3 in its entriety was broadcast on the channel.
wastedcells  +   734d ago
Damn this sucks... Let's start a new gaming channel!
scotchmouth  +   734d ago
ssj3goku87  +   734d ago
slazer101  +   734d ago
How about G-spot. A place for men to come.
FragMnTagM  +   734d ago
I see what you did there.
optimus  +   734d ago
There's already a g-spot show or channel by gamespot.com on youtube...matter of fact there are a bunch of gaming channels and shows on youtube, maybe that was a factor that lead to g4 going in a different direction...

I loved it when it was techTV and before that zdtv...for me, it went down hill ever since comcast bought it and switched it to g4.
Th3 Chr0nic  +   734d ago
May as well cancel the entire network. all they have left is Ninja Warrior and they have watered that down so much its not the same anymore.
black911  +   734d ago
Gaming is Dead what do you expect.
Swiggins  +   734d ago
Not sure if serious...
StreetsofRage  +   734d ago
the raiders are dead.
Rivitur  +   734d ago
Watch out now the ghost of Mr. Davis is coming for you. : o
Orionsangel  +   734d ago
I know a lot of people on the Internet hate or resent X-play and AOTS. Most never got over the demise of TechTV and blame G4, but I enjoyed those shows. Especially AOTS. It was my 7pm comfort show. When there's nothing on. I mean, let's be honest. How many game and geek related shows our on daily TV? GametrailersTV? That's on once a week and it airs at a pretty late time. So not too many. TV is sorely lacking these types of shows. I'm gonna miss G4.

How cool would it be, and take notes G4 writers. If when the last episode of AOTS started- It began with host Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, acting as if nothing happened. Until they realize something is different. Something is wrong. Time has somehow been altered. That's assuming that both host wanna return and do that bit, but it would be a classic way to go out.
Dunpeal  +   734d ago
G4Men = Gay 4 Men

cool rebranding guys!!!
A7XEric  +   734d ago
So G4 went from being a channel that had literally only gaming related shows to having none. I so wish that bullcrap tech tv merger never happened.
momthemeatloaf  +   734d ago
So now 24-7 reruns of Quantam Leap and Cops? Sick...

G4 would be great if it dedicated it's entire network to gaming/electronics in the way ESPN does to sports.
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NJShadow  +   734d ago
Were you around for the TechTV days? That was pure tech heaven right there. Probably my favorite channel of all time... and then the TechTV/G4 merger happened. >.<
tiffac008  +   734d ago
I really enjoyed TechTV. That was just gaming, tech and not trying to be hip or anything like that.

I miss the good old days~
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