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(The Hollywood Reporter)   G4 soon to be renamed The Esquire Channel in an attempt to court metrosexual viewers ignored by other networks. Fans of Cops reruns are disappointed, while fans of tech and video game shows were already turned away years ago   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 28
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2012-12-08 12:15:33 PM
6 votes:
So a channel made for geeks, killed almost all geek programming, stop caring about their core audience, lost ratings, got brought by douches and now the channel will be made for douches.
2012-12-08 01:21:38 PM
3 votes:

Mister Peejay: eddievercetti: So a channel made for geeks, killed almost all geek programming

The "geek programming" was unwatchable. They kept bringing in these talking heads who hyped things up a lot.

Sorry, I'm a geek. I can't stand the sound of people talking unless they are actually saying something. Get your Baywatch rejects out of here.


Before the merger, there was also ZDTV/TechTV, which had some great shows like The Screen Savers. Those hosts got purged after Comcast bought TechTV and merged it with G4. The better hosts like Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton went on to do some great tech podcasts at TWiT and Revision 3, so they did eventually find a successful niche for themselves.
2012-12-08 12:20:13 PM
3 votes:
So the new g4 is going to have original programing? WTF! If g4 actually had original programing and not mountains of reruns maybe it wouldn't have failed. TechTV had original programing and was successful because of it until the end.
2012-12-08 02:07:46 PM
2 votes:
How long until the new G4 starts showing re-runs of Cops? I give it 3 months.
2012-12-08 02:05:09 PM
2 votes:

Old Smokie: I like some of the articles in GQ, but I never got these magazines. Can there really be that many straight men that like to play dress up at enormous personal expense?


Also, gay men don't play at dress-up. We do that shiat for real, and we don't need some aging frat-boy magazine to do it.
2012-12-08 12:16:52 PM
2 votes:

eddievercetti: So a channel made for geeks, killed almost all geek programming, stop caring about their core audience, lost ratings, got brought by douches and now the channel will be made for douches.



The Aristocrats!
2012-12-09 12:54:57 AM
1 votes:

Mentalpatient87: I wanted to like the shows on G4, but I couldn't get past the grating, horrible personalities they had hosting those shows. It is insane how annoying Adam Sessler and the Attack of the Show nerds were..


I liked Sessler. X-Play itself was always enjoyable. G4 had good online content too. Sadly, AOTS was always hit and miss and the 4 hour Cheaters marathons didn't do anything to keep me watching.

I can't think of another channel that had so much going for it and was so mismanaged.
2012-12-08 11:38:49 PM
1 votes:

nickp91: X-Play was the only good thing about G4


And it was one of the few shows to make the cut from the Tech TV "merger".
2012-12-08 08:08:12 PM
1 votes:
Time to cancel cable and go completely to netflix and the web.
2012-12-08 08:06:22 PM
1 votes:
No more of this??

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2012-12-08 07:53:28 PM
1 votes:
The sad thing is History channel and Discovery are going the same way with all this reality crap. You've got to watch history 2 to even see modern marvels.
2012-12-08 04:26:02 PM
1 votes:

DerpHerder: Mentalpatient87: I wanted to like the shows on G4, but I couldn't get past the grating, horrible personalities they had hosting those shows. It is insane how annoying Adam Sessler and the Attack of the Show nerds were..

You don't like Adam Sessler? I always enjoyed him all the way back when X-Play was known as extended play. He made some great skits and was a harsh critics of the games he reviewed. To each his own I guess.

The combination of G4 and Tech TV took a network for people with some level of intelligence (TechTV/ZDTV) and bastardized it with the farked up lowlife channel designed for people who were flipping the channel while Spike had commercials on (G4). Anyone whoever told me they liked G4 was someone who had no real interest in technology. Attack of the Show just became a way for the idiot male hosts to sexually harass the female hosts. AKA douche bag central.


Adam also acted like that weird buddy who always knew what were the best games to buy. Sure he was goofy but He has never led me wrong on his reviews.
2012-12-08 03:36:56 PM
1 votes:

Klippoklondike: They should bring back Kate Botello


I remember when it was still ZDTV, and their mascot was Tilda. Kate Botello did the voice, which made her even more awesome. Apparently, all images of Tilda have been wiped from the web, as I can't find any.

Anyway, I liked Kate. She was cute, funny, and smart.
2012-12-08 03:32:51 PM
1 votes:

Killer Cars: How many "geeks" (at least those who would happily self-identify as such) watched G4 even when it arguably didn't suck? While I do play video games and do other geeky things, I'm not terribly nerdy about techy stuff in general, and even I thought what I saw on stuff like "Attack of the Show" to be rather low-brow in terms of "geekness".

Shows like that would have their humorous moments, but all in all I don't think its content would go over the head of anyone under 30, regardless of their hobbies and interests. Perhaps it's just because of the internet age, something that 10-15 years ago would be considered a "geek" hobby is just pervasive now across a more base demographic.


Stay awhile and listen...

10-15 years ago, it wasn't G4. It was TechTV, and it was actually almost entirely geek stuff. Shows about computers and technology and new things and computer animation when it was still a new medium. In high school I had it on almost all the time.

There hasn't been any television for us like that in a long time. Thankfully, you can find enough solid online video series by dedicated people that there's worthwhile entertainment, just not on cable. 

G4 hasn't been a tech channel for about a decade. It's been a channel that occasionally talks about technology in between Maximish crap. It was Spike with a video game show.
2012-12-08 03:26:10 PM
1 votes:
The Screen Savers is how I found out about Fark. Damn you, Screen Savers!!!
2012-12-08 03:25:29 PM
1 votes:

Mentalpatient87: I wanted to like the shows on G4, but I couldn't get past the grating, horrible personalities they had hosting those shows. It is insane how annoying Adam Sessler and the Attack of the Show nerds were..


You don't like Adam Sessler? I always enjoyed him all the way back when X-Play was known as extended play. He made some great skits and was a harsh critics of the games he reviewed. To each his own I guess.

The combination of G4 and Tech TV took a network for people with some level of intelligence (TechTV/ZDTV) and bastardized it with the farked up lowlife channel designed for people who were flipping the channel while Spike had commercials on (G4). Anyone whoever told me they liked G4 was someone who had no real interest in technology. Attack of the Show just became a way for the idiot male hosts to sexually harass the female hosts. AKA douche bag central.
2012-12-08 03:24:38 PM
1 votes:

bbfreak: [www.vgcats.com image 692x754]


It looks like he's playing FTL on the laptop (3rd panel) and things are not going well.
2012-12-08 03:03:02 PM
1 votes:
www.vgcats.com
2012-12-08 02:52:07 PM
1 votes:
ZDtv isn't dead, it just moved to the internet: TWiT.TV
2012-12-08 02:34:53 PM
1 votes:
TFA: The effort is designed to capture a growing, upscale demographic that isn't being reached through other male networks, including adrenaline-heavy Spike and History.

In a depression?
2012-12-08 02:17:54 PM
1 votes:

Gosling: Why does this network still get carried? Or is it just one of those they have to bundle with the channels you actually want now?


DirecTV dropped it years ago.
As mentioned, it's owned by NBComcastversal Kabletown, so of course they'll carry one of their own channels.
2012-12-08 01:08:11 PM
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: maverickzy: Since when is the History Channel "adrenaline heavy"?

Since Hystyry became the Pawn Shop Truckers wielding Axes who pick alien cable guys for Jesus network, and left all that nasty history behind.


Before then, it was the Modern Marvels Channel. But at least that was partially justifiable.

Niche channels are dead. 500 channels are they all have exactly the same programming: "Reality" shows a half step above Jerry Springer.
2012-12-08 01:01:31 PM
1 votes:
I wish someone (Spike, maybe) would start running the Japanese Ninja Warrior shows again.
2012-12-08 12:53:51 PM
1 votes:

Foxxinnia: BumpInTheNight: eddievercetti: So a channel made for geeks, killed almost all geek programming, stop caring about their core audience, lost ratings, got brought by douches and now the channel will be made for douches.

Geeks use netflix and torrents, this channel and the old syfy never stood a chance.

That's why I figured G4 never had a chance. Their target demographic was the first that started shunning television in preference of the internet.


To be fair, not playing COPs 22 hrs of the day could help too.
2012-12-08 12:46:29 PM
1 votes:
The only things worth while on G4 is X-Play and Reviews on the Run. Both of which are Canadian so I'm not sure if you Americans get those shows. Oh also the Lab with Leo LaPorte because it reminds me of Dave Chalk's computer show... :)
2012-12-08 12:29:12 PM
1 votes:

maverickzy: Since when is the History Channel "adrenaline heavy"?


Since Hystyry became the Pawn Shop Truckers wielding Axes who pick alien cable guys for Jesus network, and left all that nasty history behind.
2012-12-08 12:19:34 PM
1 votes:

eddievercetti: So a channel made for geeks, killed almost all geek programming, stop caring about their core audience, lost ratings, got brought by douches and now the channel will be made for douches.


Geeks use netflix and torrents, this channel and the old syfy never stood a chance.
2012-12-08 12:19:09 PM
1 votes:

eddievercetti: So a channel made for geeks, killed almost all geek programming, stop caring about their core audience, lost ratings, got brought by douches and now the channel will be made for douches.


Siffylus: The Bonnie Hammer Story.
 
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