Attack of the Show and X-Play canceled

G4's video game-related programming appears to have been killed as we've learned that both X-Play and Attack of the Show have been canceled today.

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Update: TV Guide has confirmed our report, adding details about the show's sunsetting.

It appears NBC Universal's attempt to rebrand G4 as "less geek, more chic" has left some casualties. The network's video game-related programming appears to have been killed as we've learned that both X-Play and Attack of the Show have been canceled today.

Our source hasn't revealed the full details of the cancellation, including when these shows will end. However, tweets discovered by Kotaku seem to corroborate the story. AotS co-host Candace Bailey tweeted that "I'm so fortunate to work with the people I work with everyday."

TV Guide reports that the two shows will "continue to roll out new episodes through December," and that "both shows will take the next two months to wind down with a series of farewell episodes, inviting back favorite guests and former hosts." Will Adam Sessler make a return appearance?

Apparently the network is looking to partner with Esquire magazine as it explores renaming the channel into the likes of "G4Men."

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    October 26, 2012 10:45 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Attack of the Show and X-Play canceled.

    G4's video game-related programming appears to have been killed as we've learned that both X-Play and Attack of the Show have been canceled today.

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      October 26, 2012 10:47 AM

      well shucks no one saw that coming

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      October 26, 2012 10:51 AM

      dun dun duuuuuuun

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      October 26, 2012 10:52 AM

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        October 26, 2012 11:36 AM

        their more recent ones have been shitty. they don't go into depth and half the time the gameplay doesn't match whats on the screen... the wit/humor is also gone.

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      October 26, 2012 10:53 AM

      well of course. no GQ male watches this tripe. I still love you Morgan Webb

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        October 26, 2012 2:19 PM

        Nobody with a working brain cell watches this crap channel.

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      October 26, 2012 10:59 AM

      Haha wtf. Say what you will about the shows themselves but this is a bit odd.

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        October 26, 2012 11:20 AM

        Why? About a month ago comcast put out a big statement about how they'll be rebranding the channel later this year.

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          October 26, 2012 11:21 AM

          yes, its turning into GQ TV

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            October 26, 2012 11:51 AM

            depending on their programming i might actually turn in to watch, like a male version of What Not to Wear

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      October 26, 2012 11:12 AM

      No big surprise here. Since Kevin left, the ATOS just hasn't been that much fun to watch.

      Love Candace and Sara, I am sure they will find good work.

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      October 26, 2012 11:16 AM

      so now even less people will watch? that's amazing

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      October 26, 2012 11:17 AM

      oooh I just thought of something, maybe GiantBomb can hire Sessler?

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        October 26, 2012 11:19 AM

        Sessler's been off x-play since May.

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          October 26, 2012 11:20 AM

          oh. well then. why hasnt GiantBomb hired him yet!?

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        October 26, 2012 11:21 AM

        Sessler was on Spike with Geoff Keighley for their E3 coverage. Could be a match there.

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        October 26, 2012 11:23 AM

        Sessler quit G4 a long time ago. He has done some podcast stuff with GiantBomb, but I don't think they need him on a full time basis. I like Adam's writing about games, and despite the fact that he has made some poor choices in the facial hair department, I am looking forward to seeing what he does next.

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          October 26, 2012 11:39 AM

          He's been on Weekend Confirmed a few times as well. He's a pretty smart guy and has some good insight in the industry. I'm also curious to see what he does next. I'm sure he's enjoying his unemployment for a bit though... I'd imagine years of doing that show every day must take a toll on you.

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        October 26, 2012 11:43 AM

        I like Sessler fine but he's a bit to dominant a personality to insert into Giant Bomb if you ask me.

        He should try to start his own thing.

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        October 26, 2012 11:59 AM

        I assume you are joking with this, but I never can tell.

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        October 26, 2012 2:54 PM

        According to shacknews, Giant Bomb should hire everyone in the games industry

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          October 27, 2012 5:29 AM

          According to the Giant Bomb forums, Giant Bomb should hire everyone in the games industry

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      October 26, 2012 11:24 AM

      So, what is it going to be, a tons of reruns of American Ninja Warrior and Cops now? How can they call themselves a video game channel now?

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      October 26, 2012 11:25 AM

      They needed more time slots for cops reruns?

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      October 26, 2012 11:37 AM

      I can't say I'll miss them because I haven't watched in a long time, but it's sad to see them go. For a while there when Olivia Munn was on, I was watching AOTS almost every day and it was pretty funny at times. X-Play was also a pretty good way to get to see games in motion before they were released (before I had Internet with a decent BW). We probably all saw it coming but it's sad because of what that channel could have been if it had taken a different path.

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      October 26, 2012 11:39 AM

      Ah! And I had just discovered Sara Underwood.

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      October 26, 2012 11:48 AM

      Good riddance, every year that has gone by that fucking channel talks more about doritos, youtube videos, and the unrealistic and awkward interplay of nerds and sex appeal that was an embarrassment to the industry.

      TV isn't the right medium for video game journalism because of what costs you have to pay to hit a mainstream reach. You sell your soul for dr. pepper and vapid hosts that look good on camera and talk sex innuendos all program to an audience of socially awkward, kid gamers, or in the most unfortunate of cases - depserate enthusiasts looking for some real news. Fuck that shit.

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      October 26, 2012 11:56 AM

      I can't say I'm upset i'm about this, as the Blair Herter show was a massive slap in the face to the original and awesome XPlay.

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      October 26, 2012 11:58 AM

      I hate NBC. They make the worst decisions on programming and they wonder why they are number 4.

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      October 26, 2012 12:02 PM

      so whats the point of this channel anymore? it already was turning into spike two. NBC fucks everything up.

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        October 26, 2012 12:08 PM

        it was always bad. it never had a point.

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        October 26, 2012 12:56 PM

        NBCComcast

        PS I haven't had G4 since DirecTV dropped them a year ago

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        October 26, 2012 5:20 PM

        It was originally two channels, TechTV (formerly ZDTV) and G4. ZDTV/TechTV was 24x7 technology-related programming and G4 was 24x7 video game related programming. They merged into G4TechTV (no kidding, that was the name) and the TechTV bit was eventually dissolved off.

        Devil's Advocate: it's just as well, because it wasn't that great of an idea. There's not enough to talk about with regards to technology to fill a mainstream basic cable channel. The idea of a video game channel was weird because your target audience would rather be playing video games. Modern inventions like podcasting make a lot more sense for these goals.

        I don't think NBC fucked it up any more than MTV going all reality-show fucked it up. They're not taking something that works well and turning it into something that sucks, they're taking something that doesn't work and trying to make something useful out of it. People stopped watching music videos on MTV but did keep watching reality shows, so MTV became all reality shows. People stopped watching technology and video game related programming for the most part so those shows are going away as well.

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          October 26, 2012 7:51 PM

          the crux of the problem: The idea of a video game channel was weird because your target audience would rather be playing video games

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      October 26, 2012 2:18 PM

      They lost me when they changed from Tech TV to G4 so no big loss.

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      October 26, 2012 2:38 PM

      I still want to bang Morgan.

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      October 26, 2012 4:38 PM

      Poor Capt Immy... Is he even on the show anymore?

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      October 26, 2012 7:29 PM

      The Slow and sad decline of TechTV(now G4TV(now G4Men))...makes me sad

      An actual channel that started as a place for those interested in technology and video games now will die as a Spike TV clone.

      The shows on this channel had hosts who were/are real personalities in geek culture. But lets be honest, they were all being watered down to appeal to a larger demographic.

      Also, we have the internet and a bunch of gaming and tech sites that kind of render a whole TV channel kind of worthless. I have the best memories of the channel though...middle and high school years. Good times.

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      October 26, 2012 8:38 PM

      I quit watching as often shortly after Kevin left. Guess my afternoons will be open since X-Play, and AOTS won't be on.

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      October 27, 2012 3:01 PM

      Yay Esquire! Oh wait.. no

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      October 28, 2012 1:54 AM

      I'm not surprised.

      The quality of the shows deteriored so much that i doubt "any" serious gamer could even watch them.

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      October 30, 2012 9:59 PM

      Well now the only reason I would every turn on that channel is gone. I swear to god if I was a billionaire I would've kept Tech TV running. Dude I remember watching the old Screen Savers every night 12 midnight (Florida) and Call for Help.

      Then all the bs happened, so the only thing I watched was Xplay. Then when Adam left I stopped watching up until recently.

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