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What should happen to Pitchmen now?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 30th 2009 5:40PM
PitchmenThe season finale of Discovery Channel's Pitchmen airs tomorrow night at 10PM (after a day-long marathon of the show). But now that Billy Mays has passed away suddenly, what should happen to the show?

Discovery hasn't made a decision yet. They could continue the show will just Anthony Sullivan, they could get another commercial/product icon to take Mays' place, or they could simply cancel the show. What do you think they should do?

What should happen to Pitchmen?
Continue it with just Anthony Sullivan394 (29.9%)
Get another commercial icon to take Mays' place355 (26.9%)
Cancel the show569 (43.2%)

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brian peters

The biggest guy physically and "TV" presence is none other than George Forman!

Let's get the ball rolling here and talk George into carrying on Billy's legacy. I know George Forman has a lot of this he pitches also; we are on our third Forman grille. I loved the pitchmen show and I would be happy to sit down on my couch and enjoy Anthony and George Forman do the things that were done last season.

July 09 2009 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leslie Ann

I have been thinking about this, and I think that Discovery should do a new show a la The Apprentice or The Next Food Network Star or RockStar where they find a new pitch man to work with Sully. That is not to say that this new person would be replacing Billy; rather it would be someone carrying on his energy, spirit, and legacy of helping others. It could be exciting and compelling TV if done well. Maybe the new person would be a person of color? A woman? A young guy from Texas? Nobody will ever replace Billy, nobody will rock the black beard the way he can, nobody will put Sully in his place, and any new person would definitely NOT be a partnership the way the old one was, but it could still make for an interesting and compelling show. The blue shirt, however, is retired.

July 03 2009 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leslie Ann

I think they should change the next season of Pitchmen to have a contest (a la the Apprentice, or the Next Food Network Star) to find a new pitch man, someone with a new story - a new schtick, a new background. Nobody will ever take the place of Billy Mays, nobody will ever be able to put Sully in his place the way Billy did, nobody will be able to rock the black beard, but it would be interesting television and a good legacy of his spirit to continue on to find someone who could carry the torch. Maybe someone of color? Maybe a woman? Maybe someone young from Texas? It could be done - it could be interesting TV. The blue shirt, however, is retired.

July 03 2009 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vickie

Sully and young Billy (the son) should continue the show. RIP Billy and peace to his family and love ones.

July 01 2009 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam the Deaf

I'll miss Billy pretty much without him around in Pitchmen program.

Therefore, it should cancel, it wouldn't be same.

July 01 2009 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Yeah, the show is Pitchmen, not Pitchman. It's not going to work with just Sully. It was an entertaining series, and now Discovery can let it rest in peace.

July 01 2009 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan

8 simple rules to TV:

When a star dies so does the show. You can never shake that. It sucks but thats how it is.

June 30 2009 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thepassenger

I notice that "Who cares?" wasn't a choice...

June 30 2009 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MaryK

When Tim on "Wing Nuts" passed away in 2004, Discovery canceled the series, rightfully so. Same here.

June 30 2009 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
B.D.

It should be canceled, and the other pitchman killed.

June 30 2009 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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