Monday, June 29, 2009


The infomercial world lost its king over the weekend. Pitchman Billy Mays was found dead by his wife Sunday morning. The AP story via Yahoo is here. I recently told several friends I was considering being Mays for Halloween this year and I was already working up some imitation Mays pitches for products such as the human ass and beer. So, maybe I jinxed him.

Tomorrow (June 30) sees the release of the first season of HBO's East Bound and Down on DVD. For those of you who haven't seen the show, its storyline revolves around a former baseball phenom, Kenny Powers, who hits rock bottom and ends up back in his North Carolina hometown as a subsitute P.E. teacher. Powers is played by Danny McBride and series executive Will Farrell makes cameos as Ashley Schaeffer, the owner of the town's BMW dealership. I'm not a huge Will Farrell fan, but he is pretty funny as Schaeffer while wearing a Ric Flair-like wig. The show is probably one of the more poilitically incorrect TV shows made in recent years. The HBO short documentary on the making of the series can be seen here.

Finally, Freddie King's "Going Down" is used as the theme song for East Bound and Down. Here is King performing the song live.

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