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« on: November 12, 2004, 03:28:13 AM »

Here's a post from someone who was at the final taping of Unscrewed. It's been confirmed everywhere. Basically, Unscrewed has been cancelled and G4 has been planning this cancellation from the start and TSS will be undergoing a morphing by merging with Pulse and will likely be unrecognizable when it returns.

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I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Ok, well that's not true.... the sad fact of the matter is that since this merger, or more appropiately deemed "conglomerate corporate buy out" between G4 and Tech TV all of our favorite Tech TV celebs and shows have been getting the axe.. including programs that had been with us since the dawn of ZDTV! (Remember those days?) When I first heard of Comcast / G4 buying out Tech TV the first thing I thought is "uh oh.. Unscrewed is toast..." but alas they fooled us and lulled us all into a false sense of security. And now, just after Laura, Marty, Joey, & the crew moved from San Francisco to LA, evil G4 pulls out the rug from under us all. My dad and I are long time fans of Marty's.. back from his Screen Saver days til now and we've literally seen EVERY episode of Unscrewed. Living in the LA area, we attended the last show taping.. as well as hung out w/ the gang at the bar after the show. This thread's purpose is to share that experience with all you loyal fans who deserve to hear about Unscrewed's sunset.. as well as to clear up a few things other threads on this forum were questioning.

First the sad answer to the main question: Yes Unscrewed has been cancelled by the evil G4 empire. There was some speculation because not much 'proof' was delivered other than moblog pics.. but it's true. Some of you may have read another thread of ours about Laura Swisher being interviewed for and appearing in the pages of Draculina magazine which we write for. We wanted to do the story up big, lending lots of publicity for the show but the G4 publicist continued to decline our request (despite the fact we'd MET Laura at a taping and she said she was interested) stating that G4 couldn't appear in a publication which had mild nudity... (uh.. Girls Gone Wired.. cam whores.. etc etc..?!?!) Now we find out the real truth why G4 didn't want any publicity for the show. When I spoke to Laura last night at the show taping about all of this she informed me that she wasn't even told that we'd contacted the publicist to pursue the interview and wasn't aware that we'd been told no. It seems G4 had Unscrewed's death warrant planned out. We wanted to thank all of you fellow members of the Unscrewed Army for your posts, votes, emails, and support. I talked to Laura and informed her that the story could still be done on HER as opposed to plugging G4 and she said she will be contacting me... so it may still be in the works. All you Swish fans, keep your fingers crossed!

Now onto the taping of the last show and the send off at the bar after. Everyone at the last show taping was informed that 'it was going to be a very special show' but the G4 crew still never let the cat out of the bag that the show had been canned. A small number of us had heard and knew already, but for the most part they were playing dumb. It was announced that the G4 dignitaries would be in the studio (whoopty friggin doo) and many Tech TV (and G4) personalities participated as members of the studio audience including Kevin, Sarah, Dan (Foo), Alex, Yoshi, etc. The show began as normal but there was definitely something in the air.. and that was validated by Marty's many on camera inside bitter jokes and cutting cracks aimed directly at G4. (We Love You Marty!) It was expressed to us later that evening by some crew and Joey that it was almost 99% definite that this episode will NEVER see the light of day and will not be aired on G4 because of all of the anti-G4 cracks, innuendos, bitter-ness, and strong language. Thus, the last episode, which explains it's demise in the Unscrewed fashion, may never be seen... so let me take this opportunity to tell you about it... CAUTION: Spoilers below in bold!

Marty opened the show with a G4 audience jab "Helloooo Gamers!" in a slightly high sarcastic voice. (This is not to say there's anything wrong with gamers or gaming but unfortunately G4 has decided to overtake the tech / computer side of Tech TV with gaming.. thus dividing the tech culture and pitting techies against gamers. Sad really...) From the very opening of the show to the end there was assorted inside jokes and jabs at G4 from Marty's innuendos of lowly third tier cable studios which are destined to be shut down and go dark to mentions of how he should steal a printer as a 'momento' from the show. But the king of slams came at the high crest of the show.. the finale where Marty said his goodbye. During the last segment of the show, following one of their long running gags, Marty made a call to celebrity Michael Cain. During this call 'Michael Cain' stated that he's noticed that Unscrewed hasn't been as good since the change to G4 occurred and that they don't seem to be having as much fun as they used to. (At this slam we started cheering, hooting, and hollering in the audience for the pro-Tech TV comment.. at which time we received the dirtiest b*tch look you could imagine from a G4 camera opperator.) Then Michael Cain suggested that Marty should leave Unscrewed and come live with him on his yacht / estate / etc. Marty asked if he could bring the Swish... then he asked if he could bring Joey the intern.. Ricky Kang... The Ambassador of Gay.. as they all made their way onto set behind Marty. As Michael Cain said "SURE" Marty bid farewell to the Unscrewed Army and said he was off to live in luxury with Michael Cain... during this process he gave a heart felt thank you, salute, and a long sincere look into the camera as he bid farewell to all of us who loved the show so...

The end of the show was very climatic and very emotional... such a shame that the rumor is it'll never be seen. Thus the finale of Unscrewed came to an end and filming was wrapped. Marty came forth and thanked the audience for coming and for all their support. Everyone filtered out as Marty and Laura stuck around to meet everyone, take pics, and sign things. Where did things go from here? Well.. when he said "see you at the bar..." he really did mean it. The Unscrewed cast & crew met up at a bar (as they did nightly) for a little after-drink.. needless to say last night was a little bit more special and a bigger deal than usual.

We made our way to the bar where we were welcomed by everyone we'd met from the Unscrewed battalion. Everyone was great and there was many emotions running rampant varying from sadness to bitterness. We spent most of the night talking to Joey and Marty... who both ROCK. All that can be said is, as a fan of Unscrewed, whatever you imagine the gang would be like at an after party... they definitely were. It was a great experience and something any fan would've enjoyed.. and in a way we felt like we were representing the Unscrewed fans by being there. Throughout the night we found out some interesting facts you guys deserve to know...

*First of all, Unscrewed was NOT cancelled due to poor ratings or low viewing numbers. It was taken off the air because that was G4's plan. They bought Tech TV simply to get it's viewership and some of it's properties. Since taking it over they've assimilated Tech TV, stripped it, stolen it's soul, and turned it into all gaming all the time.. so basically they bought Tech TV, killed it, and turned it into G4.

*This is backed up subtle changes that you could notice even around the studio. When we went to our first Unscrewed taping in LA, the sign on the door said "G4 / Tech TV Studios".. now it just reads "G4 Studios". Why you may ask? In January the station will be doing a re-launch and then will cease to be known as G4 Tech TV and will simply be G4. Yes, Tech TV, for all intensive purposes, is gone...

*In addition to Unscrewed being killed, The Screen Savers is also being altered. After today's taping of TSS, the studio will go dark until they start filming again... and when they do, TSS will be very different, if even recognizable. From what I heard they are basically merging Pulse and TSS. Many cast members from G4's Pulse will be taking a spot on the show and what hosts from the current / old school TSS will be left is debateable. I've heard Kevin and Sarah are staying.. but then again Unscrewed was supposedly in the clear too. As for anyone else, it's up in the air. Also, it was speculated from different sources that the title may be changed.

*Completing the raping and pillaging of Tech TV, while Unscrewed WAS cancelled, it is also rumored that one of G4's "new and original series" to be debuting soon will be entited "GIRLS GONE WIRED".. yes you heard right. Cancel the show it came from and then steal the segment.. really classy. :-(

Everyone from Unscrewed and Tech TV alumni are very upset at the recent happenings.. whether they still have their jobs or not. Joey was a riot at the bar and insisted that "It's not over! IT'S NOT OVER!" Marty had the same thing to say. Since Unscrewed was Marty's brain child to begin with, hopeful chances are that a similar show w/ a diff. name will be picked up by a network somewhere with Marty and his gang at the helm. We can all hope.. and of course keep rallying behind them! I'm sorry, but the highlight of the night was still when someone (who I won't divulge the name of.. but no it's probably not who you're thinking) stood up and yelled "F**k G4".. They've hurt us loyal Tech TV viewers so much that I have to agree I really couldn't have expressed a better sentiment myself. At the end of the night as we left the bar and said our final goodbyes Marty repeatedly thanked us for our loyalty, support, and for watching his show. Despite the fact that it was a joy for us (and is for most Unscrewed fans) he could not let us go without expressing his love and gratitude. Never have I met a man who seemed so sincere when it came to expressing his appreciation and his love for the show and fans... that sentiment is something that I carry with me and hopefully convey to all of you, as I'm sure he'd like to thank each and every viewer if he could've.

We can keep our fingers crossed for a bright future for Marty, Laura, Joey, and the gang... and hopefully we'll see an Unscrewed Jr. pop up on some station somewhere soon, but if not then it was a great journey and one that won't be forgotten. The sad fact is that G4 was and IS power hungry, so they simply bought Tech TV to get what it could out of it.. and in the process stole OUR station. They've assimilated it into one big station with all gaming all the time.. and honestly where would gaming be without computers today? There has to be some kind of balance.. but that doesn't seem to register with them. In their corporate money grubbing scheme of things, all their seeing is dollar signs as some 30 - 40 year old station heads in stuffy suits try to guess what the youth of America wants... which in itself is narrow minded because Tech TV served ALL ages, while G4's demographic is ages 13 to mid-30s... even station veteran Leo LaPorte who we all knew and loved was let go because he wasn't young and trendy enough. What a bunch of bunk. In conclusion, if you're a gamer and you want all gaming, all the time, and no tech.. then welcome to your mecca.. but if you're a veteran Tech TV fan, love the tech side of it all, or are into PC's or aspects of the tech world OTHER than just video games then you might as well leave this site now because G4 doesn't want us around anymore... I know that my family for one is a household they won't have to worry about entertaining with their station anymore.

As the night ended and we drove away to remembrances of Joey & Marty's pledges "It's not over" we felt a little better and filled with some hope.. I hope so guys.. I hope so!

RIP Unscrewed.. and really, RIP Tech TV!


If you don't believe me, check Sarah's blog, Kevin's, Alex's, Yoshi's site.  As far as everyone knows so far, the only people from TSS that are staying are Kevin and Sarah. Alex has been fired as well as Yoshi.
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2004, 03:44:59 AM »

Well, thats a loss.

/ends obvious sarcasm.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2004, 04:03:30 AM »

Well I feel bad about Unscrewed. I mean I didn't like the show but at least it stayed true to its format.
TSS of the other hand, I wish they just killed it  back in the summer. The revamp was total crap. I don't think it was the fault of any of the talent. Though I couldn't stand Alex and I'm not sorry to see him leave the air waves. Hope he finds a nice job in accounting somewhere, has a wonderful life and family and is never seen or heard from again in the media.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2004, 06:07:11 AM »

Recently sampled the g4techtv shows, man, what depths they have sunk to.  Oddly, X-Play seems like it's better than I remember, or maybe it just stands out amidst the other crap.  I really like when they reach for the oddball or even artsy reference.  They try anyway.  Unscrewed was pretty hit or miss -- it could be really good with a great wacky guest.  Probably the second best show.  Cinemetech was the only other show worth wathcing.  Great to tivo through -- like downloading a ton of game previews.  I really like how they'll show older games, or have 4 episodes in a row and show 2 hours of cutscenes from a single game.  I was pretty entertained when they showed 2 hours of Anarchy Online cutscenes, or some interesting bladerunneresque game anyway.  

Pulse is crap, and the new SS is crap.  I can't imagine their merger will be fruitful.
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2004, 06:08:31 AM »

Huh? Since when was G4 actually geared towards gamers?
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2004, 06:10:58 AM »

I never watched unscrewed, but I still really liked watching TSS.

It was one of the only 3 or 4 shows I ever bothered to watch on TV. Usually I turn the TV on, flip through the channels, get disgusted, and then turn it off. Whenever I saw TSS on though, I tended to stop and just watch the whole thing. I just liked the whole cast of the show. They were entertaining.

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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2004, 06:28:35 AM »

TSS used to be a great show, little bit of everything tech. I thought it went downhill when they got there live audience and new set. Alteast to me. It turned so corporate and canned.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2004, 06:50:10 AM »

I thought you guys were talking about that jerkoff who ripped everone off in the GG trading forum.
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2004, 12:27:39 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2004, 12:56:29 PM »

Can't say I'm too sad about either of those shows getting the axe.  Unscrewed was only occasionaly amusing, and I could never sit through and entire episode of TSS.  Granted, I never got TechTV so I've only seen the bastardized version of TSS, but it's just awful.  

I will check out G4 occasionally, and actually enjoy Filter (Diane Mizota.  Rawrrrrr...), X-Play, Cinematech, and Pulse.   Could definately do without the other shows though.  The one that baffles me the most is "Arena".  Who in their right mind actually sits down and watches other people play Mechassault and UT2K4?
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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2004, 02:24:25 PM »

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....and I could never sit through and entire episode of TSS.


Just like I couldn't sit through a whole post BY TSS!!!!  Oh, the syncronicity of it all!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2004, 04:03:54 PM »

Last one fired is a rotten egg.  X-Play is the best show left.
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2004, 05:38:09 PM »

I always hated Unscrewed so good ridance to it and that untalented unfunny jerk Martin Sargent...could'nt stand to look at him or his his dumbass voice. Ill miss Laura Swisher though. She was easy on the eyes with those perfect tits and legs.

As for G4 they do too much console crap. I want me pc gaming on my damn tech channel.
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2004, 09:05:14 PM »

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Adam Sessler was on TSS a few days ago showing off Halo 2 and he was more hyper than either Kevin or Alex combined. I couldn't stand him.

Well, at least in Canada we still have Call for Help. Thank god. I have a feeling the Canadian channel will change names to stand apart from G4, especially considering an all game channel isn't what the government was sold on. It has a very different focus.
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2004, 11:31:26 PM »

I think the reason Adam had to speak so fast was because Alex kept interupting him. He would start to bring something up and Alex would take him down a different road.

While I can't say that I will stop watching G4, I'm pretty sure that whatever TSS becomes, my day will not be planned around it like it was. Like most people I hated Alex but after a while you started to understand his humor, which was the biggest part he brought to the table, and eventually accepted him as a co-host. Did I like every new show? No, I didn't, but they still showed some interesting segments.

G4/Comcast are losing a lot of good people and I hope they realize the mistake they made before more people are given a 4 hour notice.
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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2004, 02:51:04 PM »

Any channel hiring and paying Tommy Tallarico deserves to not be watched, the man is a complete BOOB, not funny, and says outrageous crap to get attention. He's pretty much worthless, and drags down what could of been an otherwise interesting review show.
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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2004, 05:05:21 PM »

Sweet they're killing off all the shows I hate...Unscrewed with Martin Sargent, Arena, Pulse, and Players...yipee
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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2004, 06:32:51 PM »

I can't say I'm surprised. TechTV has been pretty much dead to me since the merger (takeover). I did give G4TechTV a try for a little while, but I just got bored & disgusted.

I do miss the old TechTV though.   frown I used to regularly watch TSS, CFH, Extended Play (pre XPlay), Tech Live, Fresh Gear, Secret Strange & True, Icons, and Eye Drops. Probably leaving something out, but there used to be a lot of quite decent programming on TechTV.

I continued to look in on TSS occasionally, as I did the other day. It was HALO 2 Day.

After a few minutes I went back to reruns of "The Weakest Link" on GSN.  :roll:
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2004, 07:13:17 AM »

I've always felt Martin Sargent was trying to do his best Howard Stern impression and push the boundaries with whatever he could get aired. He was sometimes funny/amusing, but after awhile it gets to be the same old thing.
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