Olivia Munn appears to have been genetically engineered in a laboratory (or teenage boy’s bedroom, a la Weird Science) to be a geek dream girl — a cute lady who talks about nerdy things and is willing to dress up as a superhero in some sort of entirely unrecognizable costume.
She rose to national recognition through co-hosting G4′s Attack of the Show (TV’s geek-friendliest sixty minutes since The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour), but since then has added to her CV in a big way: she’s written a book, had a quick part in Iron Man 2, and last month made her debut as a correspondent in no less of a distinguished (and reliably relevant and hilarious) stage than The Daily Show. Her second bit aired last night:
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Maybe most notably, she’s been cast on an NBC sitcom, Perfect Couples, that has been picked up as a midseason replacement.
Good for Munn for branching out, and the only thing she hasn’t been doing, it seems, is hosting Attack of the Show. She wasn’t on the show all week and has been regularly absent lately (I believe the last time I saw her on the network was during their E3 coverage last month, but I may have missed something). A slew of suitably attractive and jocular females have taken her place alongside co-host Kevin Pereira, who usually acknowledges Munn’s absence in an expectedly cheeky fashion. There’s been no official announcement from Munn or G4, and Munn still appears prominently on the show’s site, intro and on-set graphics. Still, with her schedule filling up at the rate its been, it seems increasingly likely that news of her exit is imminent; that she may be sticking with higher-profile gigs that perhaps don’t involve, well, this.
Sure, it’s easy to point to the example of Joel McHale, who despite starring in a hit NBC sitcom (Community, streets ahead of most prime time comedy fare), has stuck with E!’s delightful The Soup — and a hectic touring stand-up schedule — with no palpable signs of stopping. But The Soup is once a week, as opposed to the daily grind of AotS. Still, if she is continuing on with AotS, you would think we’d have an indicator by now — like actually being on the show.