The teases began weeks ago, with a holiday special featuring a reunion of hosts like Olivia Munn, Adam Sessler and Kevin Pereira. Then it was announced that Austin Creed, aka WWE
superstar Xavier Woods, would serve as an ambassador. And now, the return of G4 is finally happening, set to make a comeback this summer with two key series to start – the gaming show X-Play and the variety/in-the-know show Attack of the Show!
This came via a teaser that posted on the official G4 Twitter account yesterday, which you can view below. Though official hosts weren’t confirmed just yet, it’s likely that X-Play will feature the return of Sessler and Morgan Webb, while Munn and Pereira could play a role in the return of Attack.
— G4TV (@G4TV) January 28, 2021
Though a date wasn’t provided for a premiere, there could be other programming to come, though that isn’t confirmed yet. But one thing’s for sure – G4 is due this comeback, and it couldn’t arrive at a better time. Here’s why.
G4 Left Us Way Too Soon
The original G4 left the airwaves back in 2014. By that time, its fate was already sealed, thanks to reruns of forgettable shows like Cheaters and Cops. But before then, it was a popular favorite, thanks to original programming like the above shows, as well as others like Arena, the original American Ninja Warrior and the animated comedy Code Monkeys, amongst many others.
For years, it became a staple amongst the “geeks” and “nerds,” speaking their language directly without sounding like marketing machines. That was because of the unique humor that the shows packed in, along with the charisma of their hosts. Sessler and Webb played ball like pros through the skits and serious reviews, while Pereira and Munn (and, later, Candace Bailey) had a field day with wacky adventures of their own – like diving into a pool of pie wearing maid costumes, as you can see below.
No doubt the exploits might be a little calmer with the return of the shows, but the zaniness and hosting greatness should remain. Not to mention we’ll see the older favorites come back in some form, along with new faces. It’s unknown just what Creed will bring to the network, but considering the variety he’s poured into his own UpUpDwnDwn programming, he’s a perfect fit.
There’s Room For Old And New Alike
While X-Play and Attack of the Show! are no doubt staples to the G4 brand, there’s also room to potentially bring back other favorites. For instance, Arena seems like an ideal fit, considering how competitive gaming has taken over quite a bit of the airwaves. Also, Cheat! seems like a good fit, since fans are always down to find some sort of code to help them out.
There’s other obscure favorites to consider as well, like Cinematech, Judgment Day, Icons (a great show saluting some of the greatest game makers in the world) and even Filter could return. And there’s also room for new programming. Not only is Creed on board as an ambassador, but it’s likely G4 will also have additional talent joining the fray, since they did just host an open-talent scout session to see who could serve as key hosts for its return.
And, yeah, there’s the possibility of syndicated shows coming back. Cops is likely dead in the water, though Cheaters (not to be confused with Cheat!) could serve as a late-night treat for
some. But let’s focus on the better stuff, like American Ninja Warrior. For that matter, G4 could also bring movies to the channel, including cult classics from the 80s and 90s that other channels dare not touch.
Whatever G4 has in store, we’re eager to see what happens. As long as it’s not a Cops marathon or a desperate attempt to cash in on nostalgia instead of really soaking in what gaming’s about these days, as well as remembering just where we came from. This could be the comeback we’ve been waiting for – and we’re counting on it.
In the meantime, watch the reunion special below!
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