As a tribute to Billy Mays, Discovery runs day-long 'Pitchmen' marathon Wednesday
In tribute to the late, legendary infomercial host Billy Mays, the Discovery Channel has planned a series of announcements honoring Mays to air within an already-planned marathon of his unscripted series Pitchmen on Wednesday.
The channel will present all 11 previous episodes of Pitchmen, starting at 11 a.m. At 10 p.m., the series finale will air, with a slate added to the end of the show commemorating Mays, who died in his sleep Sunday.
Mays' partner on Pitchmen, Anthony "Sully" Sullivan, said Sunday he hoped to convince Discovery to turn Wednesday's show into a tribute. But the channel announced today it will develop a special tribute show for another time.
The channel also said no decision has been made about whether they will bring back Pitchmen for a second season without Mays. "The network is focused on supporting Mays' family and friends during this time of incredible loss," the statement said.
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A previously-scheduled PITCHMEN marathon of episodes 1-11 airs from 11AM ET/PT through 10PM ET/PT culminating in the never-before-seen season finale at 10PM ET/PT.
To celebrate a man who was larger than life, the network will run tribute promos honoring Billy Mays and never-before-aired moments throughout the day. A slate will also be added to the end of the season finale in his remembrance.
In addition, a special tribute show is being planned.
No decision has been made regarding season two of PITCHMEN.
PITCHMEN, the 12-part series featuring Billy Mays and his business partner Anthony Sullivan, began airing on Discovery Channel on April 15, 2009.
Additional details will be provided as memorial plans are determined.