G4 has announced the cancellation of their only game-centric programs, Attack of the Show! and X-Play.
More details after the break.
Looking to rebrand its network to more of a “lifestyle network focusing on the modern male,” and moving away from its nerdier aspects, G4 has decided to end the runs of Attack of the Show! and X-Play, effective at the end of this year.
“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 their most 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.”
X-Play has been a part of the network since TechTV was acquired in 2003. A rare show of its kind, it propelled longtime co-hosts Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb — who mostly reviewed and previewed games and added bits of comedy and entertainment — to well-known (and perhaps only known) gaming personalities on television at the time. Sessler left the show earlier this year, marking the end of an era.
Debuting in 2005, Attack of the Show! — a mash-up of entertainment and news from geek and pop culture — has also been one of the more prominent geek shows on live television. While it has gone through a bevy of hosts and personalities, longtime fans mostly associate the show with Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, who were the longest-tenured co-hosts in its history and were the faces of the show during its heyday.