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Pitchmen: Show’s Future in Question After Billy Mays’ Death

PtchmenAn original idea for show that came just a bit too late. With the recent death of the infomercial king Billy Mays, the future looks uncertain for his new series Pitchmen.

Pitchmen follows Mays and his business partner, Anthony “Sully” Sullivan, as they travel around the country and evaluate products for them to pitch on infomercials. Some unusual products spotlighted on the series include new takes on lawn fertilizer, windshield wipers, odor-removing spray, and shark repellant.

Airing on the Discovery Channel, the show began airing on April 15th. A dozen hour-long episodes have been produced and last one will air today, concluding a day long marathon of the show.

Episode 12 is titled “Revenge of the Pitchmen” and revolves around Mays and Sullivan taking part in a “pitch-off” to determine who’s the best pitchman in the business.

Should Pitchmen end without Mays?

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An on-screen graphic will be been added to the finale to mark Mays’ untimely passing. Discovery is also planning to air a special tribute show in the near future.

Whether the series can or will continue without the energetic Mays is still up in the air. The show has been successful but certainly has not been a huge hit for Discovery. Wednesday’s episode attracted 1.45 million viewers. Not surprisingly that’s a bump over the show’s usual performance.

A spokesperson for Discovery said that, for right now, their focus is to show support the Mays family. A decision about the show’s future will be made at a later date.

Should the show continue, possibly with Sullivan finding a new partner? Or, is the show simply over without Mays?

 

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Dan July 20, 2009 at 9:10 am

The show is amazingly entertaining! It cant be cancelled, Billy would want the show to go on! As he has stated before in the show, it’s not about Billy or Anthony it’s about the product! Little Bill should take up the mantle, but thats up to him.

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del July 16, 2009 at 7:02 am

I think that his son, little Billy should take his place

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Bob July 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

I like the contest idea.

Another, albeit I’m sure very controversial, would be to get Vince Offer, Billy Mays’s arch-nemesis to be on the show with Anthony. On the one hand, it might be viewed by some as disrespectful of Billy, but even Billy and Anthony have a rivalry going. I fully expect that if you asked Offer, he’d have nothing but respect for Mays. He could never replace Mays, of course, but let’s face it, even if the show can never be the same without Mays, the important thing for the show to survive is for it to be interesting enough to attract and keep viewers. He may not be Mays, but Vince Offer *is* a pitchman, and has a fairly well-known and controversial personality. Sorry, Sully, but before the show on the Discovery Channel, I knew who Billy Mays and Vince Offer were (albeit I always thought he was saying “Fitz” :-), but not Anthony Sullivan. That said, I’d have to say that Offer is probably the 2nd most recognizable pitchman I can think of behind Mays.

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