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EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek of 'Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 17th 2011 12:30PM
Bomb PatrolG4's 10-part documentary series 'Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan' (Tuesdays, 10PM ET on G4) follows the United States Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) platoon, stationed in Afghanistan and tasked with searching for and disarming explosives like Improvised Explosive Devices, commonly known as IEDs.

The show has been following the eight-person platoon for a few weeks now, but in our exclusive clip from next week's new episode, we see that the stakes just keep getting higher.

Chief John Groat gives Brendan Schmutte the opportunity to lead the team for the first time. They're called to investigate a recent explosion that killed an Afghan bomb tech while he was trying to dissemble an IED. The team is investigating and plotting out their options, believing there are more explosives nearby, when suddenly an Army patrol drives through the blast site. Watch to see their bleep-filled reactions and what happens next.

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G4 Orders Series About Real-Life 'Hurt Locker' Patrol

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 24th 2010 1:40PM
The Hurt LockerGet ready for 'The Hurt Locker,' the reality show.

G4, the network best known for covering videogames and Comic-Con and launching the career of Olivia Munn, is developing a new reality show called 'Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan,' which will follow a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit as the squad trains in the country and then deploys to Afghanistan for several months.

Like the Oscar-winning movie, the 10 one-hour episodes will show the incredibly dangerous job the EOD squad is tasked with in locating and dismantling bombs, in rough terrain and incredibly dramatic situations. The show will premiere in the spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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'Attack of the Show' Recreates Icelandic Soccer Celebration (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 28th 2010 4:14PM
Attack of the ShowThis clip will probably make even people who don't like soccer like it just a bit more. It's from an Icelandic soccer game. When one team scores a goal (a big event in soccer, considering the scores the games often have), they have a rather unique way of celebrating. Imagine the celebration that football players often have when they score a touchdown, only with 1000 times more creativity.

The gang on G4's 'Attack of the Show' (weeknights at 7PM ET) recreated the scene last night, with their special AOTS-ish spin, of course. It involves rope and a branding iron.

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News Roundup: Gabriel Macht Joins USA Network Pilot, 'Glee' Casts New Faces and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 26th 2010 4:40PM
Gabriel MachtGabriel Macht, known to many for his role in 'The Spirit,' is getting a very 'Legal' state of mind.

Macht has joined the cast of USA Network's new procedural, 'A Legal Mind.' According to Ausiello Files, Macht will play Harvey, a successful attorney at a well-respected Manhattan law firm. Macht's character hires Mike (Patrick J. Adams), a slacker -- yet smart -- college kid who doesn't have a law degree.

The pilot episode was written by Aaron Krosh ('The Deep End'). Krosh will serve as an executive producer along with Doug Liman, Gene Klein and David Bartis.

And in other TV news today ...

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G4's 'Attack of the Show' Spinoff Explores Weird 'Science'

by Mike Moody, posted May 7th 2010 10:03AM
it's effin science g4G4 is adding some weird science to its summer schedule. The cable network that caters to geeks of all sizes is launching a spinoff of its top-rated 'Attack of the Show' called 'It's Effin' Science.'

The show will feature two hosts and an engineer conducting so-called "science" experiments, like building Marty McFly's hoverboard from 'Back to the Future Part II' (that's heavy!) or constructing night-vision goggles, MacGyver-style, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Comedians Cut Loose on Chris Hardwick's 'Nerdist' Podcast

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 24th 2010 2:03PM
Nerdist Drew Carey Johnny CarsonIt's always refreshing when a showbiz vet indulges in a passion project that's entertaining, informative and funnier than anything he's ever done before. That's exactly what 'Web Soup' host Chris Hardwick is doing with his latest online venture, The Nerdist Podcast.

Hardwick, 'Web Soup' writer Jonah Ray and pal Matt Mira launched the free-form podcast earlier this month. So far, they've posted three hilarious episodes featuring candid conversations with TV comedians Drew Carey, Tom Lennon ('The State', 'Reno 911!'), and Adam Corolla.

The show is worth a listen for anyone looking for a good laugh and some entertaining and honest conversations about life in the entertainment business. Nerdist gives Hardwick's famous friends a comfy venue to cut loose on countless topics and to tell personal stories you'll probably never hear anywhere else. (Most shows are recorded at the guest's home.)

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Comcast may own NBC soon

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 3rd 2009 9:03AM
NBCAccording to the New York Times, Comcast is set to own NBC Universal and all channels that are part of it as early as next week.

This could change the entire television landscape and pretty much give us less of a selection in terms of entertainment. The rumor is that Comcast is going to keep the cable channels, then sell the NBC network. News Corporation expressed interest in the property, but the Comcast talks progressed along far enough to eliminate other potential buyers. It could be argued that having MSNBC partially owned by the same owners of Fox News is a bit of a conflict of interest.

Who would step forward to buy NBC network? The ratings haven't been great and they did do that silly thing with Jay Leno and their 10 p.m. slot. NBC is too much of a name brand to let fall by the wayside. Who do you think should step up and buy the network?

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G4 wants you to enroll in Slasher School

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 26th 2009 4:28PM
This sounds like a really odd new show from G4. It's Slasher School, a new animated show that features the voices of Attack of the Show hosts Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, and Blair Butler. The show debuts tonight at 7PM on AOTS.

The plot? It's about a school where killers learn to kill.

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G4 is taking us to Mount Midoriyama for American Ninja Warrior

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 30th 2009 9:02AM
Ninja WarriorG4 has been bringing Japan's Ninja Warrior to the states for a few years now. And for those of you who haven't seen it, it's one of the most addictive and difficult challenges in the world. The past several runs, they've even worked to send a group of Americans over to Japan to compete in the competition alongside a whole bevy of Japanese personalities and athletes.

Now they're taking it a step further, creating an all American Ninja Warrior. Unfortunately, the plan is to send ten American competitors over there to compete on Sasuke, the official Ninja Warrior obstacle course. I'd have much rather them build an American version of the course here. That way, like in the Japanese version, they can have 100 competitors from all walks of American life.

Just imagine. We'd have actors plugging crap giving it a try, and reality show contestants trying to extend their fifteen minutes. And most of them will fail and land in the water. The fear I have is that if we only have ten contestants in Sasuke, what happens if they all blow the first of four stages? Show's over?

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Star Wars was the first ever Comic-Con panel televised, but was it good TV?

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2009 9:03AM
Kevin Pereira & Olivia MunnStar Wars is a big deal. I tell you this in case you are unfamiliar with the property (hey, it's possible!). So if you're going to choose which panel from this weekend's Comic-Con to become the first ever televised convention panel, why not go with Star Wars? You've got a rabid fan-base, half of them probably dressed up like their favorite characters from the saga. Get two of your most popular on-air personalities to host it and you should have television gold.

That was G4's plan going in. Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn host the nightly live Attack of the Show, where they're topical, geeky and funny. I thought they brought much of that same energy to their hosting here. So what went wrong?

For one, it seemed like somebody slipped the audience some Xanax while they were waiting in line or something, because they didn't get excited about anything. It didn't help that the majority of the panel was incredibly boring.

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Tosh.0 vs. Web Soup

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2009 11:03AM
Daniel Tosh & Miss South CarolinaI remember long ago in a cable land far away when a little show called Talk Soup started. It was clever, riffing on talk show shenanigans. We've come a long way since then, with clip shows blanketing the network. And then there's the Internet. On paper the idea of a web video iteration of The Soup, as it's now called, sounds solid enough, and G4 is a good place for it, but as Michael pointed out, Web Soup just isn't working.

Even though G4 is the place for techie stuff and they handle web videos already, Web Soup still manages to feel outdated and stodgy. And Chris Hardwick, while funny when he fills in on Attack of the Show, is almost mind-numbingly not funny hosting Web Soup. But Chris Hardwick and the gang were not alone in exploring web videos on our TVs. Comedy Central threw comedian Daniel Tosh into the mix with the webbily titled Tosh.0. But which one, if either, is better?

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Is Ninja Warrior getting too American?

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 30th 2009 7:13PM
Olivia Munn wipes out on Ninja WarriorG4 must be getting on my nerves. I'm giving Web Soup another few weeks because Chris Hardwick is still warming up. I'm more upset on Ninja Warrior's evolution, becoming more and more American. By adding several G4 characters, they are diluting a fun Japanese show.

I can forgive a show like Iron Chef America because they are their own separate entity that is respectful to the original, but inserting G4 people into the original Sasuke feels forced and unnecessary, as if Sasuke just got taken over by Americans.

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Lewis Black talks about news crawls and Jesus pancakes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 29th 2009 11:33AM
I've never found Lewis Black particularly funny. I mean, he's OK, but I haven't found the greatness that a lot of people have. I like it better when he's being interviewed than when he's on The Daily Show or doing standup, like this appearance on G4's Attack of the Show. He talks about how we don't need news crawls on the news networks (I agree), religion, and his new book. (Video also here.)

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G4 to air Star Wars Comic-Con panel

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 25th 2009 5:00PM
gr star wars clone wars comic-conLionel Lum's awesome Bumblebee costume was one of the many cool things I saw at last year's San Diego Comic-Con. The giant show floor was packed with sweaty costumed fans, big geek friendly displays, and a few not-so incognito celebs. Folks at home got a small taste of all the corporate sponsored nerdery thanks to G4's daily coverage. This year, G4 will air the first televised panel in the convention's history.

Attack of the Show
hosts Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira will host "The Star Wars Spectacular." The taped panel will feature special guests, a table read and new footage from Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The panel will take place July 24 and air July 25 at 2 p.m. on G4. After the panel broadcast, G4 will air three live hours (on the East Coast) of Comic-Con coverage with celeb interviews and more.

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Donkey Kong champ Steve Wiebe tries to defeat evil live on television

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 6th 2009 9:05AM
Steve Wiebe from The King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersThe saga of video game champion Steve Wiebe, the man made famous by the wonderful documentary film The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, is one that will be told on mountain tops by the elders of the tribes to young men as they pass into adulthood.

Wiebe struggled to achieve the success he so richly deserved for chasing the Donkey Kong world champion title from the Twin Galaxies score organization, due in part to the underhanded and downright evil efforts of reigning champion and Donkey Kong douchebag Billy Mitchell. Even though he has surpassed Mitchell's scores since the release of the film, Mitchell always seemed to be one barrel behind him, making Wiebe even more of an iconic hero to geeks, spazzes, dweebs and everyone else.

So at this year's E3 video game expo, the G4 Network gave Wiebe and his many fans the chance to reclaim the title for humble people everywhere by broadcasting his nine hour attempt live on television. It may sound like something that could make your eyes bleed no matter how close you were sitting to the TV, but it became hands down one of my 10 greatest sporting broadcasts of the year. And this is from a network that runs reruns of both COPS and Cheaters.

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