[11/04/08 - 02:59 PM]
Human Wrecking Balls Set to Demolish the Airwaves When New Series Premieres Wednesday, November 12 on G4
The premiere follows "Ninja Fest 3" on Wednesday, November 12 from 6:00-10:30pm ET/PT.

[via press release from G4]


Tue. Nov. 4, 2008


Ultimate Demolition Tag Team, The Pumphrey Brothers, Marry Science With Super Human Strength and Honed Technique to Tear Apart Cars, Planes, Buildings and More with their Bare Hands

Los Angeles, CA, November 4, 2008 � Got a restaurant that needs razing, a car that needs crushing, a boat that needs busting up or a lobby that needs leveling? Just call on brothers Craig and Paul Pumphrey who combine strength, science and determination to "bring down the house" in the new series "Human Wrecking Balls." The half-hour weekly series features the Pumphrey Brothers dismantling, destroying and disintegrating a variety of large objects using only their brute force. Fueled by their daredevil attitudes, competitive fire and outrageous sense of humors, the Pumphrey Brothers are out to show the world that with the right approach and enough elbow grease almost anything is possible. The new half-hour series, "Human Wrecking Balls," premieres Wednesday, November 12 at 10:30 pm ET/PT, only on G4.

The Pumphreys are far from your average brothers; for starters their combined weight is 550 pounds. Craig is a decorated police officer and world champion mixed martial artist. He recognized his gift of surviving hard crashes at a young age after falling 20 feet onto a steel construction bolt that shattered his skull. Craig was told he would never walk again but through unwavering determination he was back in action just a short time later. Older brother Paul has twice been crowned World Creative Breaking Champion, once after breaking through six feet of ice.

Craig and Paul are strategic in their approach to dismantling. For each challenge, they join forces with a team of experts in material science and engineering to review the object of their destruction from every possible angle before taking it apart, using physics and know-how to determine the most effective strategy. The brothers also entertain a little friendly competition throughout their challenges, such as who can tear apart an airplane faster, or which Pumphrey makes a better bouncer ... based on who can most successfully destroy a bar.

At the end of each episode, cameras take viewers through each destroyed item and explain exactly how the Pumphreys broke it up. What does it take to dismantle a car? Did the "Three Little Pigs" get it right when it comes to the strength of building materials? Leave it to the Pumphrey brothers to find out with their bare hands.

While the Pumphrey Brothers do all the heavy lifting in "Human Wrecking Balls," the pair regularly calls on two other people for extra support. Chad Zdenek serves as the structural engineer and destruction consultant on the show and gives viewers a closer look at exactly how much strength and power will go in to being able to demolish whatever the brothers are up against. He is a professional civil/mechanical engineer that has given structural presentations to NASA engineers on the topics of fracture issues, barring displacements, and cavitation calculation. In addition Dawn Swain, a certified nurse from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, is always on-hand to assess stunt risk and injury possibility for the brothers in each episode. After a long day of destruction, she is the perfect answer to all their cuts and bruises, ready to patch them up however they need.

Here are just a few of the destructive episodes viewers can look forward to:

Trashing Hotel California � Joined by Danzig bass player, Jerry Montano, the brothers check into a hotel suite, bent on proving that unruly rockers have nothing on them when it comes to trashing the place. Talk about bad room service!

Automotive Annihilation � How much Human Wrecking Ball can one American car stand? Quite a bit, but the brothers are undeterred as Paul shoulder-rams the driver�s door off, and Craig crushes the roof with a leap from the top of a forklift. Got insurance?

Aviation Devastation � A small passenger aircraft becomes permanently grounded when Paul and Craig get their hands on it. Come fly with me ... NOT.

Three Little Pigs � The boys put the fairy tale theory to the ultimate test as they destroy three houses made of completely different materials. They�ll huff, and puff, and rip those houses apart without so much as a pair of gloves.

Office Obliteration � For everyone who ever wanted to say "take this job and shove it," the Pumphrey Brothers have the ultimate office worker revenge when they ransack an office in a downtown high-rise. Dilbert would be so proud!

"Human Wrecking Balls" was developed by BASE Productions with John Brenkus, Mickey Stern and Rob Dorfmann, who will serve as Executive Producers. Jason King is the Producer and Director for the series.

The half-hour series, "Human Wrecking Balls," premieres Wednesday, November 12 at 10:30pm ET/PT, only on G4. The premiere follows "Ninja Fest 3" on Wednesday, November 12 from 6:00-10:30pm ET/PT.

Fans of creative breaking and Mixed Martial Arts can find exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage and more information at www.G4tv.com/wrecking

About Comcast Entertainment Group

Based in Los Angeles, Comcast Entertainment Group operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment, and E! Online; The Style Network, the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable and inspiring lifestyle programming; and G4 offering the last word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity, and "Internet culture" for the male 18-34 demo. E! is currently available to nearly 94 million cable and direct broadcast satellite subscribers in the United States. In 2006, E! launched the E! Everywhere initiative underscoring the company's dedication to making E! content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere from online to broadband video to wireless to satellite radio to VOD. The Style Network currently counts 59 million cable and satellite subscribers and G4, the #1 podcasted cable network in America, is available in more than 64 million cable and satellite homes nationwide.

About Base Productions

BASE Productions is a 5-time Emmy Award and 10-time IDEA Award-winning production company based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., with extensive experience in broadcast television, feature films and live event production. BASE has established its reputation as an industry leader in cutting-edge production, from stunning visual style, to unprecedented use of technology, to unparalleled CGI animation.

  [november 2008]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
Get your first look at the upcoming promo for the much-ballyhooed live event.

[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.