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Pitchmen is Renewed Even Though Pitchman, Mays is Dead

billy-mays-cause-of-death.jpgWe liked watching Pitchmen. It was interesting. It was a show about the alleged nobility in shilling, peeking into the life of Billy Mays, that dude who screamed at you to buy stuff you don’t need. We thought it was a double meaning – pitching by selling and the high decimal pitch of the late Mays’ voice. Decent TV, we say.

Anyway, Mays is dead. He’s still pitching, in both meanings of the word, from the grave and now even more ghoulish the show he starred in is getting picked up for another season and ANOTHER Billy Mays (the son) is to be involved.

From NYT:

The Discovery Channel television series that starred the infomercial star Billy Mays will be renewed for a second season, the cable channel has announced, two weeks after he died of a possible heart attack.

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More On MJ, Billy Mays And The Death Of Traditional Journalism On The Menu

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and Matt Van Hoven of AgencySpy were joined again by FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst.

The podcast opened with talk about Michael Jackson and how Amanda and Matt are covering his death on their blogs. Matt then spoke about infomercial pitchman Billy Mays, who died suddenly yesterday, and his impact on the advertising industry.

The group also discussed author Alice Hoffman‘s decision to post a book reviewer’s phone number and email address on Twitter after she disagreed with a review of her book “The Story Sisters.”

Lastly, Matt brought up a news report that ad sales on television was down. The group discussed the implications of decreasing ad sales across all of media and how journalists need to adapt in order to survive the slow death of traditional media.

Tomorrow, Jason and Matt will welcome author Alyssa Katz, who just debuted a new book about real estate in the U.S. “Our Lot.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Pitchmen, Pichman Billy Mays Dead at 50

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Billy Mays, household products’ household name, the Ron Popeil Oxi-Clean, died yesterday at the age of 50.

The autopsy results are to be released tomorrow. He was said to have suffered a hit to the head during a landing of a US Airways flight. According to the LA Times, the season finale of his show Pitchmen will air on Wednesday (according to our DVR it won’t) and according to our sources his around-the-clock commercials are still running. He’s selling products from the grave. That’s commitment.

This is very sad.

We should all spend the day really appreciating celebrities since they seem to be dying in packs. It’s important.

Infomercial Pitchman Billy Mays Dies

The celebrities — and quasi-celebrities — have been dropping like flies this week. So yesterday, when news of Oxiclean hawker Billy Mays‘ death interrupted the marathon of Michael Jackson video retrospectives we have been watching for days, we numbly raised a remote control in honor of the fallen salesman.

Mays, whose wife found him dead Sunday morning, had just appeared on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” last week to promote his reality show “Pitchmen,” which debuted on the Discovery Channel a couple months ago.

Mays was 50, just like MJ. He was also on board a US Airways flight that made an emergency landing in Tampa on Saturday after its front tires blew out. Just freaky coincidences or proof that the apocalypse is upon us?