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That Metal Show Gets Cancelled

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Over its many years on TV, VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show has had its ups and downs. While we at MetalSucks have always enjoyed its old-school appreciation and the dudes behind it, we also acknowledge that it has a pretty narrow 1980s-centric view on which metal is important.

However, it saddens us to discover that after 14 seasons, VH1 Classic has decided not to renew That Metal Show.

Hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine made the following announcement:

A message to the loyal fans of That Metal Show from Eddie, Jim & Don:

We are sorry to report that VH1 Classic will not continue to make any new episodes of That Metal Show. It has been an incredible run of eight years, roughly 125 episodes and some really cool specials. The global response to TMS has been simply amazing, and we will be eternally grateful for the support from the rock and metal fans that have showed us so much love. We truly would have never made it as long as we did without you! A huge thanks also to the great crews we had over the years both in NYC and Los Angeles, to our producer Jeff Baumgardner, and to all the executives at VH1. And finally, thanks to the hundreds of artists that joined us on our set, had fun with us, shared their stories and many, many laughs. From the biggest names in rock history, to the up-and-comers: we thank you all for being a part of it.

Of course we very much want to keep That Metal Show alive, and with the blessing of VH1 Classic, we’ve got the keys to the show and are currently searching for a new home. We’re not sure where we’ll land, but we hope to be back in our studio and your living rooms as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep an eye out for us on the road and come say, “Hello.”

Thank you for watching all these years, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have news to share.

On the one hand, aaaaw! Come on, VH1 Classic, you’ve canceled your longest-running show… why? Are you going to replace it with a more open-minded metal show? Are you going to showcase interviews with 1349 or TesseracT, or are you just moving on from metal altogether?

On the other hand, it’s heartening to hear that the network handed the show over to the guys. At least this way, Eddie, Don, and Jim can shop it around to other channels, or at the very least continue it as a web series. Hopefully, without the VH1 Classic brand to protect, those dudes can feature some more recent releases and showcase artists deemed too risky to feature before now.

Anyway, good luck to the guys. We hope they find a new home for their show out there. And hey, VH1, if you’re looking for a show featuring a bunch of snarky New Yorkers who love prog and black metal, you know, call us!

[via Metal Insider]

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