It’s official.  G4 has cancelled two of its iconic shows “Attack of the Show” (AOTS) and “X Play”.  All indications now point that the network itself will soon be history as well.

“X Play” lasted about 10 years and AOTS lasted about 7 years, but actually existed since 1998.

I didn’t watch “”X Play” that much so my focus of this post will be on AOTS instead.  For those who remember way back when, AOTS started out as “The Screen Savers” on the then TechTV cable channel.  The hosts of the show were Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton.  It was a tech show helping viewers with computer and technology related questions.  This show along with “Call For Help” was the go-to places for any tech questions at all.  In fact, I used to recommend both of these shows to people when they wanted to get great free tech help.  Many people thanked me for this over the years.  However, in 2005, all that changed when TechTV was merged with competitor channel G4.  The new channel called G4TechTV was too much of a mouthful and soon shortened to G4.  Along with this change came the format of the show itself.  No longer a computer show, it was basically anything except computer related.  New hosts, Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, were added and the old ones were given the boot.  While new interesting segments like celebrity interviews, DVD reviews, comic book reviews, and numerous other things were added; it was never quite the same.  Sometimes, the show seemed to push the envelope of good taste and sometimes just crossed the line.

Many times I use to just fast-forward through this show on my VCR and not even care about it at all.  Occasionally, I would watch if there was something interesting, but most times there wasn’t anything interesting.

In the middle of 2011, Olivia Munn quit the show and after a couple of months was replaced by an equally spunky Candace Bailey.  Last summer, Kevin Pereira left the show and was never replaced by a permanent host, which may have been done purposely as if the network knew eventually the show would end, much sooner than later.

Fast forward to the finale, which aired Wednesday night 1/23/2012, was your standard clip show and wave goodbye and intros of everyone behind the scenes.  What made this different was that the show was presented by musician/comedy genius “Weird Al” Yankovic.  Since I am a huge fan of Al, this was a real treat.  However the REAL treat came at the end, when (*SPOILER ALERT*) original hosts Leo and Patrick appeared at what was a coffee shop and Leo wakes up from a bad dream of what the show had become.  This was the same approach Bob Newhart had when the “Newhart” show ended a few years ago.  The 2 of them then strap on jetpacks and launch themselves into the old TechTV studios, while the old “Screen Savers” theme was playing in the background.  Then the show scrolls a final goodbye message and then fades into the history books.

It was nice to see that both of the old hosts were still looking pretty good despite being about 7 years older.  Could this be a sign of things to come?  One can only hope as G4 rides into the history books.

Both finales will air on G4 several times over the next week, beyond that is unknown.  I will not give either show a review grade, as it would not be fair given the longevity of both shows and the variety of changes each faced over the years.

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