I was alerted last month to the return of the aborted second season of Pitchmen. Being a cautious sort, your Savvy Shopper decided to wait to announce this happy news until I actually saw the show scheduled on Discovery Channel’s Pitchmen Episode Guide. Today, it’s official. Pitchmen returns January 18th at 7pm EST/PST, a less competitive pre-prime-time time slot. The sophomore season was canceled after two episodes when it aired in August 2010. Disappointing ratings were why the show was pulled. Let’s hope it does better at its new day and time.
Season two of PitchMen follows Anthony “Sully” Sullivan as he attempts to pick up the pieces and continue making inventors’ dreams come true after the sudden death of his longtime friend and pitch partner, Billy Mays.
Pitchmen returns with new episodes this Thursday August 19 at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel. Anthony “Sully” Sullivan is still on board, but the looming question is if this reality series can retain its audience without the star power of Billy Mays. At the time of his death in June 2009, Billy was the most famous pitchman in America, and maybe the world. But Sully is a formidable talent in his own right, and has a great supporting cast to back him up (not to mention the inventors and their products – the real stars). So we want to know: Will you be watching?
We celebrated with angel food cake with blue butter-cream flowers just the shade of Billy’s famous shirt. And missed him. Even though we are really looking forward to PitchMen Season 2 and can’t wait to see Sully, Billy Mays III and Arwen, it’s bitter-sweet that Billy had just hit it big when he died. All those pitches and commercials led up to a very successful show on the Discovery Channel and appearances with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. He had just signed a deal with Taco Bell to film commercials for the chain. I can’t help but wonder what other successes would have been his – he was a big believer in the American Dream, and not even the sky was his limit.
It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire year, but today is the first anniversary of Billy Mays’ death. Are you rocking that blue shirt? ‘Cause you gotta – it’s how we honor the greatest pitchman who ever pitched a product. A year ago today he passed away at the age of 50, leaving us to eulogize him on YouTube and mop our tears with Zorbeez (the power to absorb up to 27 times greater than paper towels or any cotton cloth!).
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! According to urbandictionary.com, it’s officially Billy Mays Day: “It’s Traditional to wear a blue collared shirt with a white under shirt. Must also wear khakis. You must use CAPS LOCK the whole day. Even when talking to family or friends. If you can grow a beard by then, you are the man.”
SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE’S SOME LINKS TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE BILLY MAYS REMEMBRANCE DAY:
Kudos to Brandon Veski for creating this awesome Photoshop mashup of Billy Mays and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although most of the transplanted heads are Billy Mays, Jr., we spy other Pitchmen cast members, including Anthony Sullivan. The Fab Four are reimagined as Billy Mays III and Hindu Goddess Lakshmi now sports the lovely face of Arwen Saxon (@ArwenAnaNg). Billy Mays, Sr. even makes a few appearances. Who else can you find?
Aaron Shedlock was hired by Sullivan Productions to search through their vast library of infomercials and put together this demo reel featuring some of the best short and long-form infomercials produced by Anthony Sullivan and his talented crew, many featuring the late, great Billy Mays. Watching this gets us super excited for the premiere of the new season of Discovery Channel’s Pitchmen.
Here is an atypical Yahoo! Answers question, because it’s funnier than its answers. But the poster is actually trying to be clever. Your Savvy Shopper definitely prefers unintentional hilariousness over intentional humor where the execution does not fully mine the comedic possibilities of the premise. Still, I’m glad the citizens of the Internet haven’t forgotten Billy. Can you help Harley with cheats for Billy Mays: The Video Game?
I just bought Billy Mays: The Video Game for my Nintendo Wii. However, I can’t get past the fight with Vince from SlapChop. I keep dying when he says “You’re gonna love my nuts” and start throwing his nuts at me. What can I do, guys?!
I returned to level three, got the OxiClean sprayer 9000 and killed Vince. Now I’m stuck on level 9,0001 (IT’S OVER 9,000!). You have to climb into a giant SlapChop machine and disable its power grid to shut it off. However, once I get inside I cannot find the power grid. I have every weapon in the game, including the pricey Billy Mays endorsed rocket launcher. I break through every cracked wall and I still can’t find the grid. What do I do now!? ):,