Today in showbiz news: A beloved video game-based show has been given the ax, Howie Mandel has a new game show, and a reality star gets into the acting game.
Lo, listen to the mournful church bells toll sadly up on Xbox Hill. Hark the doves crying in the PS3 forest. Hear the consoling words of "Sucks, dude" and "WTF??" filling the town square. It is a sad day for total bros who are also into video games, and are thus also nerds, because G4 has canceled its daily video game/other dude culture chat series Attack of the Show. Yes, it's all over. The show that gave the world Olivia Munn (and relaunched Chris Hardwick) is being shut down. No more hideously awkward interviews with people who don't find Daniel Tosh-style jokes all that funny. No more ogling "cool" chicks who love videogames and hopefully hopefully hopefully also like giving head. No more whatever the hell else happened on that show. 'Tis no more. In a press release, G4 brass says that Attack of the Show (and X Play, also canceled) "defined the gamer culture for a generation of young men." And now those men are young no longer. They have graduated from their b.o.-stinking college dorms, wiped the Cool Ranch dust off their fingers, thrown away those crusty socks, and moved into air conditioned condos afforded by their sales jobs. Things have gotten serious with Jill and it's time to grow up. And so, like The Giving Tree, once-beloved Attack of the Show will serve only has a stump, in memory. A place to rest upon when all the Petes and Ryans and Timbos (Timboooo!!!) of the world want to remember their youthful glory days. Keen with me, o fellow life travelers. For a great and wondrous dream has bloomed, lived, and died this day. [Deadline]
Take comfort in the fact that Howie Mandel has been given another damn game show, this one to air around Christmas. The show is called Take It All and merits a full description. Take it away, Hollywood Reporter:
In the show, a contestant selects and opens a prize worth thousands of dollars; dream prizes such as luxury cars, exotic trips, jewelry and VIP experiences. Then, the next player is faced with a dilemma: do they steal a prize that has already been revealed, or do they take a chance with another unopened prize, hoping what's inside is worth more?
But that's just the beginning. When there are only two contestants left, the players have a life-changing choice to make: keep the prizes they have -- or try and take all the prizes. If both players choose to "keep mine," they will each keep the prizes they have won in the prior rounds. If one player chooses "keep mine" and the other chooses to "take it all," the player that chose "take it all" will go home with all the prizes -- theirs and their opponents. But if both choose "take it all," they both go home with nothing. The stakes are insanely high as each contestant grapples with the choice of a lifetime.
Sounds crazy! And kind of awful. And also isn't that how Bachelor Pad ends every season? With some jerk keeping all the money as a reward for being a jerk? It's something like that. So this has the potential to reveal some real human indecency. Which we always need more of. Always. Also, this show used to be called Howie Mandel's White Elephant so let's hahahahaha about that for a while. [The Hollywood Reporter]