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G4 cancels video game programming X-Play and Attack of the Show

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Television channel G4 will end production of two of its video game-themed shows, X-Play and Attack of the Show, later this year, according to a report from TV Guide.

Together, the two shows have produced more than 3,000 episodes. Over the course of the next two months, X-Play and Attack of the Show will air a series of farewell episodes, TV Guide reports. Former show hosts and special guests will make appearances on the shows' reaming episodes. Both programs are slated to end their runs in December.

News of a shake-up at G4 first hit at Kotaku today, which foretold of the cancellation of the cable channel's remaining on-air video game programming.

G4 is reported to undergo a major rebranding by owner NBCUniversal, moving its format from "geek to chic," according to Variety. In September, the trade publication reported a possible name change for the channel and a shift in direction "reminiscent of GQ" targeting the "modern male."

G4 launched in 2002 with a much larger slate of video game programming, including shows Arena, Cinematech and Judgment Day. The channel added X-Play to its line up in 2003 and launched Attack of the Show in 2005, a rebranding of former TechTV show The Screen Savers.

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