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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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