G4 is reportedly undergoing a major rebranding next year and two significant casualties include the cable network’s flagship series Attack of the Show and X-Play. The video game review show X-Play debuted in 2003 back when G4 was known as TechTV and personalities Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb helped make it an entertaining way to discover new games and highlight ones worth checking out. Two years later Attack of the Show premiered, it introduced us to Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick, and Alison Haislip, and it quickly became the go-to destination for the latest in technology, gaming, pop and web culture. It also provided fantastic live coverage from major trade shows like E3, CES, and Comic Con. I had the pleasure of working at AOTS during the time it celebrated its 1,000th episode and I will never forget the great people who contributed to the making of such a fun and knowledgable show.
G4 Media General Manager Adam Stotsky on letting the long-running shows go: “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.”
G4 will continue to air new episodes of both series through December. Retrospective episodes and ones with returning personalities and other special guests are in the works. In 2013, G4 will rebrand itself into a “more upscale, sophisticated guy TV space,” says TV Guide. PR after the break. (Click here for more…)
Dan Harmon was fired from his show Community this past spring just as the third season of the cult NBC sitcom came to a close. This week he sat down with G4′s Attack of the Show guest host Marc Maron and opened up about his recent ousting. Is he bitter? Maybe a little. But he was actually anticipating the show getting cancelled due to low ratings and so the firing didn’t make him sink into a deep depression after all. Watch the 11-minute interview to hear what Harmon has to say about the situation (his feud with Community star Chevy Chase is not discussed, however) and what he has planned for the future (a multicam comedy, perhaps).
If you missed today’s episode of AOTS, be sure to check out the lastest comedy bit, “Cylon Dating Game.” I am Cylon #3 (sitting on your far right). That’s right, I’m “Cy-long.” Enjoy my hilarious appearence on G4′s Attack of the Show!
Attack of the Show announced the “Great American Keyboard Cat Competition” a few weeks ago. Host Kevin Periera asked AOTS viewers and Keyboard Cat fans alike to send in artwork of the famous YouTube phenomenon that is Keyboard Cat. The video above is a reveal of some of the first entires we received. Can you spot me? We have a room filled with boxes of Keyboard Cat goodness to open and review. Many of the entries are amazing, beautiful works of art. Our viewers have talent! The winner will be announced live on Thursday’s show (G4, Attack of the Show, 7PM ET). Look after the break for some exclusive shots of some other entires. Also embedded are my favorite Keyboard Cat videos.
Check out this awesome Parry Gripp music video featuring Kevin Pereira on the drums and Olivia Munn as “The Girl at the Video Game Store.” Put together brilliantly and very catchy. Directed by G4′s Mike Shaw.
Also, be sure to check out this scene from the 1000th episode. One of the funnier scenes from the night.
One more thing…check out this online exclusive: The Beauty Behind Attack of the Show. Cast interviews (including Kevin, Olivia, Blair Herder, Alison Haislip & Chris Hardwick), very funny.
Very last thing…another online exclusive: Behind the Scenes of The Alan Thicke Kiss w/ Olivia Munn.
Congratulations, Attack of the Show. Here’s to another 1000 episodes! Check out some behind-the-scenes shots from the special two hour live show after the break. (Click here for more…)