G4TV has announced that two of its longest running and highest profile shows, Attack of the Show! and X-Play, will be cancelled at the end of 2012.
The channel added that guest hosts will be rotated until the final episode, including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz, who will be joining regular hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood on Attack of the Show! and Morgan Webb and Blair Herter on X-Play.
The station issued a press statement which said in part:
With well over a thousand episodes each, Attack of the Show! and X-Play have defined gamer culture for a generation, serving as the launch pad for prominent personalities including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick and Adam Sessler. Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture. X-Play made its debut almost two years earlier, on April 28, 2003 (on G4’s previous incarnation: TechTV), and immediately became the go-to destination for young men seeking the latest video game news, honest reviews, hands-on demos and exclusive video game trailers and footage. The year-end celebration will take you back through highlights of these landmark shows’ history, including its exclusive live-from-the-floor coverage of San Diego Comic-Con and E3.
Both long-running shows helped define, as well as expand, the pop culture and gaming TV experience for a generation. We hope you’ve had as much fun watching them as we have had making them, and sincerely hope you join us in bidding a fond farewell to Attack of the Show and X-Play’s as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series’ finale.
According to GameSpot:
Source says network killing off all gaming related programming; tweets from employees signal changes are afoot; statement from company confirms both shows will end after 2012.
Let us know if you’ll miss either show, and if there are any shows you’d even bother watching on the channel.
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