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The Show Must Go On

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When a show's star passes away, it is often dealt with on-screen as well as offBy Vinnie PennSpecial to MSN TVAt first glance, "PitchMen" might look like the easiest show in the world to move forward with after the death of one of its stars. After all, it's "men," not "man." But Billy Mays, one of the show's two stars and the veritable bearded face of OxiClean and Orange Glo, really was the king of the pitch. I almost ordered a knife at 3 a.m. solely because he cut through an automobile tire with it. Seriously, when will one ever need to cut through a tire?Mays passed away suddenly last year at the age of 50. "PitchMen" had thus far been a show that saw him and partner Anthony "Sully" Sullivan flitting about the country, seeking out new product ideas. When the new season of "PitchMen" premieres on Aug. 19 at 9 p.m., Sully will embrace the time-honored adage "the show must go on." Mays' son, who has already appeared on the show several times, will continue to do so sporadically, but will not fully replace his father. No one will.Episode 1 of the new season is appropriately called "Passing the Torch," and the title of Episode 2 is also fitting, even if it is more than likely happenstance: "Heart Wrench." "PitchMen" is wearing its heart on its sleeve, and, fact is, many other shows have as well, when faced with the loss of a key performer.Also: Gone Too Soon | Twitter:Follow MSN TV
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