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Thom Beers discusses “Deadliest Catch” and a new pilot

31 August 2010 9:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith Real guy reality show king Thom Beers has a packed agenda this week – he’s heading north for a meeting with all the sea captains on his wildly popular “Deadliest Catch” show, then onward to confab with the team getting ready for the next season of “Ice Road Truckers.” And then he’ll be heading south, where, he reports, preparation is underway for what sounds like it could be the next big ticket Beers show, in West Virginia and Kentucky.

“It’s a pilot. I can’t talk much about it yet,” he says.

Hot environment, or cold?

“Cold,” he laughs. “We’re actually going into a hole in the ground We’re going to be down there with the coal miners. It’s a whole different world.”

Which is how the preternaturally peppy Beers likes it.

“I love getting out there. »

- Beck / Smith

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'Pitchmen' Season 2: Anthony 'Sully' Sullivan goes it alone without Billy Mays

19 August 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In April 2009, Discovery Channel premiered "Pitchmen," a reality series, created by Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch," "The Colony"), that followed the exploits of two Florida-based infomercial producers and personalities, best pals and partners Billy Mays Jr. and Anthony "Sully" Sullivan.

The show was an immediate success, but the happiness turned to grief when Mays died suddenly on June 28, 2009, at the age of 50, less than a week after appearing with Sullivan on "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien."

This threw the future of the show into question. It's taken a while to, first, decide if there should be a show without Mays; second, decide what shape that show should take; and third, actually produce the episodes.

But on Thursday, Aug. 19, Discovery premieres the 10-episode second season of "Pitchmen," focusing on Sullivan, with appearances by Mays' son, Billy Mays III, who works with Sullivan off-camera.

"Young Billy Mays is doing great," says Sullivan, »


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Billy Mays -- What a Piece ... of Art

19 August 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Billy Mays -- the late great pitchman -- will be selling again tonight, but this time it's images of Billy himself that will be raking in the cash. Billy's " Pitchmen " hosting successor Anthony Sullivan is throwing a party for tonight's premiere episode in Tampa, Fl -- and the bash will feature an auction of Billy-inspired works of art. We're told several of the art pieces were created by crew members from the show, including Anthony. »

- TMZ Staff

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Ep Thom Beers on a Billy Mays-free 'PitchMen,' 'The Colony'

18 February 2010 12:11 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Despite the death of crab-boat Capt. Phil Harris, Discovery Channel's "The Deadliest Catch," which launches its sixth season in April, will likely get a seventh season, because, as executive producer Thom Beers points out, it's an "ensemble show."

But the reality hit "PitchMen," which premiered to great ratings on Discovery in April 2009, didn't have an ensemble in its first season. It was a buddy show, featuring the professional and personal relationship of infomercial kings Billy Mays and Anthony "Sully" Sullivan, as they crafted ads to showcase the work of entrepreneurs and inventors.

Mays' sudden death on June 28, at the age of 50, threw the future of the show into doubt. Questions were raised whether the show would continue with Sullivan alone, whether Mays' twentysomething son, Billy Mays III, would be involved, and, indeed, whether the show would continue at all.

Last July, Discovery announced the show would return, but little has been announced since then. »


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