May 20, 2004

TechTV's Call For Help, R.I.P.

That's it. It's over and done.

TechTV's Call For Help taped their last show Wednesday. It's set to air tomorrow.

By Monday, TechTV, as we know it, will be history as well.

G4techTV premieres Monday, and CFH is one of the shows that won't make the transition.

Host Leo Laporte waxed poetic on it's fate today.

G4 is shopping the show and it's possible another network willpick it up. I pray someone does. I'll keep doing it if I have to fly toSandusky twice a week. Somehow, somewhere, Call for Help has to live on, if only for the folks who have come to depend on the show for their computer help. I know so many moms and grandfathers and kids
and just plain folks for whom Call for Help was an introduction to technology. The show helped get so many people on track, and I feel like we're letting many more down by not doing it any more. Cross your fingers that some network executive somewhere is willing to take a chance on a funky little show that makes such a big difference in people's lives.

Meanwhile G4 has asked me to keep doing the daily 90-second pre-taped tips on The Screen Savers indefinitely. I said yes, of course. It's better than nothing, and it
will leave me lots of free time to try to find somewhere else to do what I do. Vinnie Longobardo, the VP Programming for G4, also asked me to ask you to stop filling his inbox with mail. I appreciate your efforts but at this point it's probably useless to keep harassing the poor guy. G4 is going for a different audience and my work is not really part of those plans. I understand that - I even agree with them. It's time for all of us to move on.

I'm sure Leo will turn up in more than a "token" capacity on the new channel; he's too good not to.

But for now, it's time to say goodbye to Leo for the second time in two months.

Be well, m'friend. I'm sure we'll see more of you soon. (And yes, I'm sure I'll hang 'round your site a bit more...[g])

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Posted by: at May 21, 2004 07:06 PM (OCxcI)

2 I think it's pretty dumb to take out the best show from Tech TV. I dont watch tech tv anymore because of that

Posted by: Aldi at June 12, 2004 08:31 AM (BAUKn)

3 Tech TV Call For Help was one of the better shows on TechTV. I watched TechTV somewhat religously prior to Comcast purchase. Don't watch Tech TV much at all now. Bring back Call For HELP and get rid of Robot Wars. Yuch!!!!!!

Posted by: Tom at June 14, 2004 02:13 PM (aoRG1)

4 i got this puter immediately after 9-11... i live alone with no computer knowledge at all. but i was scared after sept. 11 and thought a little more knowledge of the world would help me cope...I COULD NEVER HAVE MASTERED THIS PERSONAL CONFUSER WITHOUT "CALL FOR HELP" LOVE YOU GUYS! IS THERE A PETITION ANYWHERE?

Posted by: jerry at June 16, 2004 01:25 PM (XEfMc)

5 this is no fair. g4tv is a joke. who wants silly games 24 hours a day? this should not be allowed. I want to learn technology ,not fun tech games ,they leave you looking stupid.

Posted by: kay at June 16, 2004 08:54 PM (q5o1j)

6 Dear Techtv Please bring back one of the best shows on your network "Call for Help"

Posted by: chef9 at July 10, 2004 11:16 AM (xLIop)

7 Who is the offical owner of the g4ct or whatever you call it. Is there any body to really complain to? Dows anybody really know if "Call for Help" and Leo and the same crew will ever air agian? If they are let me know.

Posted by: Koolbie at July 12, 2004 06:27 PM (ni07t)

8 Ive only just seen call for help in the last two weeks im from sydney Australia i think best show ive ever seen on TV rel., to IT i hope another network picks it up may broadcast vis direct too the net maybe a go !! Leo go DVD mate!! and GDAY from down under !! sorry too see it go all the best Brock

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