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Attack of the Show!: Finale Features Return of The Screen Savers

attack of the show series finaleIt was the end of an era this week over on G4. Their Attack of the Show! series came to a close after more than 1,700 episodes on the air. The show’s cancellation was announced late last year as part of the plan to rebrand G4 as the Esquire Channel, focusing on programming for “metrosexual viewers.”

Back in March 2005, Attack of the Show! replaced The Screen Savers, a beloved computer and tech help show that started back when the channel was known as TechTV. Over its seven year run, the Screen Savers hosts included Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kate Botello, Kevin Rose, Alex Albrecht, and Sarah Lane.

After it was announced that Attack of the Show! would be ending, producer Joshua Brentano contacted Laporte and Norton about filming a special sketch for the last episode.

Below, you can see the two discussing the finale gag on a December episode Laporte’s This Week in Tech netcast.

Below that, you can see the end of Attack of the Show! and the special finale scene — an homage of sorts to the beloved finale of the Newhart sitcom.

If we can believe the end of the clip, it appears that TechTV will be making a comeback someday in the future.

What do you think? Was this a classy way to end of Attack of the Show! on G4? Were you a fan of the series? How about The Screen Savers?

 

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Fake Me Out January 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Ditto what Angus said. I used to watch 2~3 hrs of Tech TV per day and then very quickly after the forced move and firings ended up watching no more than 2~3 hrs per year … at best … and the last time I watched anything was I think back in 2010. G4 couldn’t get an audience so they bought Tech TV hoping to keep that audience and all they did, IMHO, was lose those eyeballs as well … and the new concept sounds even worse than G4!

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Brian January 27, 2013 at 3:33 am

AOTS was a daily watch for me. When Kevin Perriera was the host he would have insightful interviews, excellent tech reviews and just horrible comedy sketches. So bad they were good.

A majority of the women that did the show really added great balance as they were also smart and geeky.

I heard that the new network is going to be a GQ-like network. Lame.

Where else (aside from TWiT online) can we now find excellent news and commentary on tech and Internet rights? Nowhere.

Sad to lose a great show and a good network.

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Andy January 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Revision 3 (Tekzilla)

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prowse! January 27, 2013 at 2:36 am

twit.tv is more of what Techtv promised. Watch TWiT before you…….bye!

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Angus January 27, 2013 at 12:54 am

I Loved the Screensavers! I watched G4 for about a week after TechTV died, then quickly gave up on it.

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Matt January 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Tech TV coming back is not what I got from the skit they did at the end. The premise is that G4TV never existed because it was all a dream and that it lived on to become a mega success in the future.

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