Attack of the Show
I’m going to lapse into some heavy nerdery for the next few minutes (yes, possibly more than usual). A few years ago I discovered there was a channel dedicated to video games called G4 TV. At first I figured this would be pretty great, 24 hours of video games to flip to when nothing else was on… or sometimes when stuff was on. My shortsightedness was quickly revealed by thin and repetitious programming, and despite the amazingly fun train-wreck Starcade reruns, the channel got old pretty fast and I stopped tuning in.
Flash forward a couple years, after a brief interlude as G4techTV, and G4 is still on the air. I don’t really watch G4 anymore, but their live E3 coverage was pretty good. Their programming has actually improved quite a bit; they have more shows with personality, including on-air personalities rather than constant videos of video games, and have managed not to take themselves too seriously. It looks like they actually have some of the creative freedom that one would expect from a channel like MTV waaaay back before they were whores. One such show has really struck my fancy as of late: Attack of the Show. Earlier this year, AOTS rose from the ashes of The Screen Savers, a similar show that died off in the TechTV merger.
AOTS is a sort of daily industry variety hour, balancing airtime between topics like video games (duh), the internet, technology, and random pop culture. I know what you are saying, “big deal”, but what I find most interesting about this show is the amount of overlap it has into (what I consider to be) a community that am a part of online. On any given day you will probably find a quick piece on BackPack, or Ze Frank on for an interview, hell, they even had a news story about Matt’s recumbent bike! It seems really silly that this stuff makes any kind of news program, but at the same time I find it really interesting. Their community skims the outer thresholds of the standards and design communities, and we even overlap in some places (they push FireFox on the show almost daily). For some reason it gives me great pleasure to see this stuff on TV… I mean, my grandparents understand TV! This could be what I’ve been waiting for to help them understand what it is a I do all day.
Attack of the Show can be seen on daily G4 TV at 7pm ET (and is often rerun throughout the day a couple more times).