Attack of the Show!

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Attack of the Show!
AOTS logo.png
Format News, comedy, variety
Starring Kevin Pereira
Olivia Munn
Zach Selwyn
Layla Kayleigh
Alison Haislip
Kristin Adams
Candace Bailey
Sara Underwood
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 1,941
Production
Running time About 60 minutes with commercials
Broadcast
Original channel G4
Picture format 480i SDTV, 1080i HDTV
Original run March 28, 2005 (2005-03-28) – January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
External links
Website

Attack of the Show! (AOTS) is an American live television program that formerly aired weeknights on G4, G4 Canada[1] Fuel TV,[2] HOW TO Channel, and Maxxx. Episodes were hosted by Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Zach Selwyn, Layla Kayleigh, Sarah Lane, Alison Haislip, Candace Bailey, and Sara Underwood. Attack of the Show! reviewed new technological items, parodies, pop culture, and general daily news, and gave previews of video games, movies, and digital media.

History[edit]

The show premiered on March 28, 2005 (2005-03-28) as a replacement for The Screen Savers. The show originally aired live five days a week; the week of January 2, 2006 (2006-01-02), the show was truncated to air for only four days a week. Fridays featured a "Mash Up" that compiled segments from the week's four live shows. The show returned to live shows five days a week in September 2008, but G4 announced as of March 2, 2009 (2009-03-02), Attack of the Show! would go to four days a week with a "best of" show running in the Friday time-slot. Attack of the Show! aired its 1,000th episode on July 9, 2009 (2009-07-09).[3] Attack of the Show! upgraded to High Definition on April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05) to coincide with its first ever "Epic April" event of new premieres and stunts. Along with the addition of Candace Bailey, on January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11) Attack of the Show "respawned" with new graphics and a new set.[4]

On October 26, 2012 G4 canceled Attack of the Show! due to low ratings, five months after Kevin Pereira canceled his contract. The series taped its final scenes on December 21, 2012, and its final episode was broadcast January 23, 2013.

Personnel[edit]

Munn and Pereira on a panel for Attack of the Show! at the 2008 Comic Con in San Diego, California.

Host Kevin Rose left the G4 Network and AOTS on May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22). The show announced a search for a new host among the show's audience, and for several months various candidates auditioned on the air. In the end none of the candidates were actually selected, although this was never actually announced on the air. Sarah Lane, who had previously been a co-host and segment contributor, gradually became the show's official host alongside Kevin Pereira. She continued in this capacity until April 6, 2006 (2006-04-06), when she and Brendan Moran announced their engagement and stated that they would be leaving the show.[5] The Morans appeared on the show, via satellite, on July 13, 2006 (2006-07-13), to talk about their adventures.

Olivia Munn was hired to replace Lane and began hosting with Kevin Pereira on Monday, April 10, 2006 (2006-04-10). Zach Selwyn, the runner up on ESPN's Dream Job, was hired to replace Moran and started his hosting duties a week later on April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17). Munn said at the 2010 Comic Con that she would not be leaving AOTS, though she only occasionally appeared on the show for the rest of that year. She was still featured in the opening credits and other AOTS set pieces and transitions until December 6, 2010 (2010-12-06).

After the departure of Munn, AOTS featured several guest co-hosts including: Candace Bailey, Jessica Chobot, Alison Haislip, Carrie Keagan, Alessandra Torresani, Sara Underwood, Milynn Sarley and Morgan Webb. Bailey became the new co-host with Pereira on January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11).[6]

AOTS has also featured Chris Hardwick, Chris Gore, and Blair Herter in the occasional absence of Kevin Pereira. In addition to the interim cohosts, Grace Helbig has also filled in for Candace Bailey.

Candace Bailey in the production of an Attack of the Show! episode in January 2011.

On May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09), Kevin Pereira announced on-air that he was officially leaving AOTS to pursue work in television production. He stated, "I plan to turn my attention to full-time with my production company Super Creative and live touring nerd-carnival leetUP." His last day on AOTS was May 31.[7] Beginning August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28), the show debuted a final new opening credit, with no reference to permanent or guest hosts. Kevin Pereira himself hosted the game show Let's Ask America since the September 17, 2012 series debut. On October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26) G4 announced that they would not renew AOTS at the end of the year, as part of an eventual rebranding of the channel itself.

On January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23), Attack of the Show! televised its final original episode on G4. After a brief montage of clips from AOTS history and final goodbyes from the show's hosts and staff, the series ended with former Screen Savers hosts Patrick Norton and Leo Laporte in a coffee shop, acting as if the entire run of AOTS had been a dream. They then don "rocket packs" and fly off to work in a skyscraper adorned with the old TechTV logo, as the Screen Savers theme plays one last time. Afterwards, text came up on the screen against a gray background that read, "To our fans, our haters, and the Internet, thanks for seven kick-ass years. TTYL, Attack of the Show."[8]

On February 8, 2013 (2013-02-08), Attack of the Show! aired for the final time as a scheduled program on G4. The final original episode was re-aired.

Some of the video clips of the show can still be seen on YouTube[9] though their YouTube account is no longer visible. A video archive is still available at the official Attack of the Show webpage.

Correspondents[edit]

Segments[edit]

Title Synopsis
AOTS Classics[10] Memorable clips from the shows past.
Around the Net[11] A daily profile of websites featuring the top five online videos with unique or bizarre idiosyncrasies. Videos are usually accompanied by a mock interview with an "expert" or them acting out the circumstances of the video, if possible. Sub-segments includes: "Women on Wheels" (when videos portray women drivers doing ditzy things), "Monk Shot" (When a video includes something sounding similar to "Monk Shot", and "Shenanigans Lab" (debunking fake videos). Before and after certain commercial breaks an ATNesque segment called "What Happens Next?" (formerly just "Around the Net") airs, where part of a video is shown with 3 possible options, the correct answer and the rest of the video are shown after the break. For a brief period in 2008, "Around the Net" included non-video content, memes and phenomena from the Internet, mixed with videos.
ATN After Hours Same as the Around the Net segment, except that after the five videos, more adult content is shown in uncensored form. Airs on the early morning repeats only.
Asian Underground[12] Chris Gore and Jeff Wong discuss and review Asian movies and anime available on DVD.
Attack This!
(formerly The List)[13]
A daily showcase of various things that the G4TV hosts recommend the viewers to buy, download, etc.
Blog Watch[14] The show cast goes around the blogosphere to find blogs that deal with very specific things.
DVDuesday[15] On Tuesday, Chris Gore reviews and rates select DVD and Blu-ray as: buy, rent, or pass.
Cinema Enema[16] Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes check out trailer of upcoming blockbuster films and review comic book and fan favorite movies.
Damn Good Downloads AOTS! shows viewers things they should be downloading on their computer. Hosted by Sarah Lane. "Gems of the Internet" which found oddities on the internet.
Epic Fail[17] The hosts single out one online video in particular that has poor content, a contrived setting, or people who are clearly trying too hard.
Epic Giveaway[18] The hosts promote free stuff for any lucky viewer and the next day the winner announced prior to the next giveaway.
The Feed[19] Pop culture and technology news delivered in blurbs, presented by Kristin Adams, Sara Jean Underwood, Alison Haislip or Blair Herter. Also the branding of the program's news ticker.
Fresh Ink![20] Blair Butler reviews upcoming comic book titles and rates them as: buy, browse, or burn. She also visits comic conventions.
Gadget Pr0n
(formerly AOTS Hardware)[21]
Contributing host Matt Mira joins a co-host to review and showcase the latest gadgets and gear.
Game Break[22] Featuring Adam Sessler or Morgan Webb of X-Play; one of the two hosts gives the viewers the latest previews, topics, and more on upcoming and latest video games.
Game Night[23] Rich Sommer of TV's Mad Men check out and picks his favorite Boardgames.
Gems of the Internet Weird and wacky oddities found on the internet.
Go Hack Yourself The hosts give tips on how to hack or alter everyday gadgets, etc.
Great Moments in De-Evolution
(formerly BREAK! Moments In De-Evolution)[24]
The hosts review several online videos from all over the Internet from viral video sites of people doing ridiculous stunts, which usually end in bodily harm and/or property damage. Each video is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with a different satirical value for each segment (e.g., "Out-of-control tire fires", "Rolling meth labs" or "Gun-totin' grannies"). BREAK.com previously sponsored this segment and as part of the segment's sponsorship deal, the segment was renamed "BREAK moments in De-Evolution" and the videos came exclusively from BREAK.com, however, the sponsorship ended in 2011, and the segment reverted to its old name and now allowed video from other sites back in the segment, with the format of the segment remaining the same.
In Your Pants[25] Sex columnist Anna David and Olivia Munn give intimate relationship advice and opinions. That version of the segment has been replaced by footage of David doing person-on-the-street sex talk, with David never appearing in the studio. AOTS spoofs this segment by replacing David with Drunk Uncle Ted, a mannequin who talks and is drunk all the time, giving bad advice to random people on the streets of Los Angeles, California.
It Came From eBay Hosted by both Pereira and Munn, the two look at the most outrageous things found on eBay.
It's #&*%ing Science![26] The hosts explain a science experiment, usually with a satirical effect. Spun off to It's Effin' Science in June 2010 but has since returned sporadically after the cancellation of the show.
Jimmy the Geek A segment where gambling expert Jimmy the Geek gives out picks for smart betting on upcoming sporting events. Predictions are based on video game simulations, basic knowledge on the sport, history, statistics etc. Jimmy emulates a slimy individual often saying funny yet mildly sexual & obscene comments as metaphors to bets.
Kings of Dot Comedy[27] Showcases famous internet comedians.
Know Your Candidates[28] An in depth look at the 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.
Lethal Defense[29] Weston Scott shows different military or combat defense techniques.
Lil Wil's Discount Warehouse Hosted By Wil O'Neal, Wil gives the viewers latest in tech gadgets at a low price and a website to purchase the item.
The Loop[30] A daily forum hosted by Kevin Pereira featuring different opinions on the latest tech related news usually with one to three guests appearing live via satellite.
The Lush
(also called The Lush for the Drunk)
The latest in tips and tricks to find and make drinks. Segment later hosted by Layla Kayleigh.
MMA Chokehold[31] Pereira with Blair Butler or Blair Herter and a mixed martial artist discuss their picks for an upcoming UFC fight.
Military Tech[32] The latest in military weaponry narrated by Pereira.
Olivia's Rack Olivia Munn shares her favorite magazine articles.[33]
Rides, Whips, and Hoons The show cast (typically Pereira) discuss new and/or experimental cars.
Robot News[34] A random segment which highlights the advancement of robotics and their imminent takeover of the world.
Sarah's Damn Good Website Sarah Lane shows viewers amusing or entertaining websites.
Sneakerheads[35] The latest in sneaker culture which includes the newest shoes to hit the market, blogs/websites on shoes, etc. Narrated by Pereira.
Sports Junk Zach Selwyn brings viewers the latest in sports news and in sports video games.
User Created Contest where fans and viewers of the show submit videos of a specific topic (80s video game commercials, Horror films, Holiday specials, etc.) in exchange for prizes.
Video Viewer Mail[36] Viewers send in videos of themselves, asking questions, giving opinions, etc. Munn and Pereira originally introduced it by saying something along the lines of "Let's talk to you guys over in the army of monitor heads" until the army of monitor heads were retired in mid 2008.
Virtual Audience[37] Pereira and Munn talk with viewers via webcams about various topics.
Web Tools[38] "WebTools" takes a look at the web-based applications that enrich online life and where to find them.
What's Up with Japan?
(also called What's Up with the World?)[39]
Pereira talks about the strange occurrences within Japan, from tech to popular culture. In relating to Japan, the segment's title is also given in Japanese as 現代日本事情 (Gendai Nippon Jijō), a rough translation of the English title.
Who's Who on Youtube[40] Features rising or popular people on Youtube and their rise to fame.
Women of the Web[41] Pereira gives a rundown of the "Top 10" hottest women on the web for a given week. The segment spun off into full-length television specials including the "Next Woman of the Web" contest[42] won by Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill.[43]
WTF?![44] Pereira discusses strange things on the web. Often this involves some obscure type of fetish. Spun off to Web Soup.

1000th episode[edit]

Attack of the Show! celebrated its 1,000th episode, on July 9, 2009 (2009-07-09)[45] starting at 7:00pm Eastern/6:00pm Central. The show ran for two hours, highlighting the segments, skits, and other memorable moments from the show's previous 999 episodes.

Highlights included:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "G4 Canada's Schedule". G4. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "TV Guide". Fuel TV. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Attack of the Show! - 1000th Episode". G4TV. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Convserations with Ross: Featuring Candace Bailey
  5. ^ "Sarah Lane Gettin' Hitched And Leaving AOTS!". DFH News. 3 April 2006. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ Newsarama.com Candace Baily Is the New Permanent Co-Host of Attack of the Show
  7. ^ Kevin's Announcement
  8. ^ A Final Goodbye From "Attack of the Show" on YouTube (uploaded January 24, 2013)
  9. ^ "Attack of the Show". YouTube. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Attack of the Show - AOTS Classics". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Attack of the Show - Around the Net". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ "G4tv.com Attack of the Show - Asian Underground". Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Attack of the Show - Attack This!". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Attack of the Show - Blog Watch". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Attack of the Show - DVDuesday". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Attack of the Show - Cinema Enema". G4tv.com. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Attack of the Show - Epic Giveaway". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  18. ^ "G4tv.com Attack of the Show - Epic Giveaway". Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Attack of the Show - The Feed". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Attack of the Show - Fresh Ink!". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Attack of the Show - Gadget Pr0n". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  22. ^ Attack of the Show - Game Break
  23. ^ "Attack of the Show - Game Night". G4tv.com. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Attack of the Show - Great Moments in De-Evolution". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Attack of the Show - In Your Pants". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Attack of the Show - It's #&*%ing Science!". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Attack of the Show - Kings of Dot Comedy". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Attack of the Show - Know Your Candidates". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Attack of the Show - Lethal Defense". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Attack of the Show - The Loop". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Attack of the Show - MMA Chokehold". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Attack of the Show - Military Tech". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  33. ^ G4tv.com Attack of the Show - Attack of the Blog - Olivia's Rack
  34. ^ "Attack of the Show - Robot News". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Attack of the Show - Sneakerheads". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Attack of the Show - Video Viewer Mail". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  37. ^ "Attack of the Show - Virtual Audience". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  38. ^ "Attack of the Show - Web Tools". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  39. ^ "Attack of the Show - What's Up With Japan". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  40. ^ "Attack of the Show - Who's Who on Youtube". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  41. ^ "Attack of the Show - Women of the Web". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  42. ^ "Women of the Web - Vote for G4's Next Woman of the Web". G4tv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  43. ^ "Who Is G4's Next Woman of the Web?". ActionFlickChick.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  44. ^ "Attack of the Show - WTF?!". Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  45. ^ "G4's Attack Of The Show Celebrates 1000th Episode With a Live Two Hour Special On July 9". G4tv.com Press. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 

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