If you live in Los Angeles, it’s likely you’ve seen several billboards around town promoting the latest iteration of "Attack of The Show" which launched last night on G4. In the distant past (roughly six to seven years ago), G4’s programming lineup was all geek related, as opposed to the 90 minutes the network gives "AOTS" and "X-Play" when it’s not drowning us in "Cops" repeats.
The point is that "AOTS" is an institution and it’s the only place we can get fanboy news and interviews on TV. And a lot of the series’ success came from the two hosts, Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn. The departure of Munn last year was pretty much an open secret until Candace Bailey was announced as the new co-host last month.
As a fan of the series, the last thing I want to see is the co-host spot filled by a faux-geek. My pick would have been either Alison Haislip or Jessica Chobot. They’ve got credibility, whereas Bailey is coming in primarily from an acting career. And I may be one of the few people who remember her small role in "Jericho."
But if there’s a question about Bailey’s geek status, the answer is inconclusive. Bailey’s first show went through without a hitch. Her opening sketch with Pereira showed some good chemistry between the two as they took on increasingly ridiculous zombies. And she showed a willingness to go with the moment when she literally kissed an audience member’s twitter icon.
If you’re looking for something to complain about in her performance, there wasn’t anything bad to speak of… but on the other hand, Sara Underwood’s "The Feed" came off as if she didn’t know anything about the subjects at all. It was a very "blank stare, read the teleprompter" delivery. There’s just no life to her words as she speaks them.
The rest of the segments essentially played out as they always do. Haislip’s "Green Hornet" interview was entertaining and the great Chris Gore actually got me interested in "The Social Network" DVD after he gave it a great review on "DVDuesday."
The new set is also intriguing. At first glance, I assumed that the multiple backdrops were all greenscreen generated, but at least some of the screens are physically there; including the one that Pereira turned on its side and the screen that Bailey kissed. Even the new interview set seems more integrated into the background. As a redesign, the set was the most successful part of the show. It was also noticeably "Munn-free."
"Attack of The Show" still seems to be in good hands. If you’ve liked the series up to this point, you’re more than likely going to enjoy the latest incarnation. It’s not radically different, but it’s enough to warrant another look at the show if you’ve tuned out before now.