Some sad news to report out of California-based G4TV: the gaming and technology channel is ending its two biggest shows, Attack of the Show! and X-Play by the end of the year.
In a press release issued today, the channel confirmed that both shows would be ending with a final two-month long farewell in addition to each show’s usual yearly roundup episodes. The release goes on to say that while original content will be created, “For the next few months, AOTS [Attack of the Show!] will mix new segments with audience favorites”.
That sounds to us like AOTS will actually be reusing a lot of old content to save some money and that they’re cheeping out on the final few months of production.
Regardless, X-Play is the show we watch (far) more often because of its gaming content and fantastic exclusives (and sexy co-host, of course), and while they too will be re-airing classic content, we don’t mind nearly as much because it’s awesome content we actually want to see.
It’s bizarre to think that, come 2013, we won’t have any content from Attack of the Show! or X-Play. They’ve become the staples for coverage in the gaming space as well as the big media sponsor and broadcaster at E3 every year. With so many big changes to the landscape of gaming lately, we’re not sure how things will turn out.
Of course, Victor Lucas, creator of Electric Playground (EP Daily) and Reviews on the Run took to Twitter to offer his best wished to the teams on both shows as well as reassure fans of his shows that they won’t be going anywhere in the foreseeable future:
Crazy day. Thoughts & best wishes go out to all at G4 US. For those asking @epdailytv & @reviewsontherun are unaffected by the changes.
We’re very glad to hear that EP Daily and Reviews on the Run aren’t going anywhere, but are a bit concerned that G4TV might not be around long enough (X-Play and AOTS were their last two gaming shows outside of Vic’s) to continue airing them. We’ll be watching the movement at G4TV like a hawk – no pun intended there – and let you know what happens as soon as we know.
To the teams at both X-Play and Attack of the Show!, best of luck. You will be missed.