Remember when G4 was amazing? Early Attack of the Show, Cinematech, Filter, Electric Playground, and a crap ton more. It felt like a real channel for geeks had been created. Then it shifted over to strictly gaming news, which was still cool. Then it tried to become Spike and it’s been downhill ever since. For those who were hoping for the channel to come to its senses and return to its former glory…you should probably stop holding your breath. G4 is pretty much dead now. Word has it that the geek content will be pretty much obliterated and turned into a TV version of GQ. This means that essentially the last place that geeks had a place to call “home” in regards to TV is dead. This means we can expect a lot more content aimed at guys in general and a lot less (and by a lot less I mean absolutely no) content aimed at geeks.
We shouldn’t be so surprised, really. The channel’s been on life support for years, and the nail was further put in the coffin the minute Adam Sessler left X-Play and I have a strong feeling that Morgan Webb isn’t enough to keep it going. The real signal that the channel was heading out the door, to me at least, was adding Candace Bailey as a co-host on Attack of the Show. She seemed like the total anti-thesis to the rest of the people on that show. She seemed awkward around anything geek-centric. It wasn’t the same situation that we had with Olivia Munn who ended up being a geek in her own right. It just seems that none of the channel’s charm is left. Last year’s Comic-Con coverage was amazing while this year’s coverage was scant at best. It seems that they’re only keeping the geeky shows on there as lip service to their original fanbase.
I’ll honestly be amazed if AotS or X-Play survive this transition. It’s really a shame… So, I’m gonna go ahead and call it. RIP G4.