Have you ever had to get up, go to work, and hoist a 165 pound Great Dane into the upper floor of a Back Bay apartment? No, never? Well get ready to meet the boys who make stuff like this happen everyday in Beantown with the debut of a new reality series on the Travel Channel. “Deathwish Movers” is about the iconic Boston firm of the same name, known for moving impossible objects.
The 30 year old Boston company has gained a cult-like following over the years for its no-nonsense approach to helping people on one of the most stressful days of their lives–moving day. Known as “the guys who move stuff other people can’t or won’t”, they’ve likewise earned the respect of their fellow movers–who often carry around “Deathwish” cards to pass on to customers that they themselves aren’t able to help. This new Travel Channel series follows the crew that makes up the Deathwish Movers company as they undertake impossible task after impossible task for people around the Boston area.
“Had it not been for the production guys being so good at what they do and being so nice, it wouldn’t have happened. None of my employees wanted anything to do with being on TV. This is real, these guys genuinely don’t want to be famous. But the crew was really polite, really considerate, and they didn’t ask us to do things twice. As it kept going on, it got easier,” said Greg Keane, co-owner of Deathwish Movers.
“I’ve worked in this business for 20 years, and I can honestly say I love this show on the highest level possible. Part of the appeal is working with guys who never wanted to be on TV. It makes for different performances…Greg’s had the right attitude about this all along. He gets up in the morning and moves stuff. All of these guys were telling us constantly they would rather go home and have dinner with their wives than to be put on camera at the end of the day. Now they are seeing online promos, and they’re getting a little excited,” said Christopher Stout, producer and creator of the show, and of the production company Notional, most well-known for their popular Food Network series, “Chopped”.
In addition to featuring authentic Boston-bred guys, the show itself is sort of a love-letter to Beantown.
“Boston is a character in this show. It hasn’t really had its own reality show before. It has the most history of any major city, the people are hysterical–between the accents and the attitudes, the neighborhoods…it just a fun city to shoot in, and its very difficult to move in,” said Stout.
Make sure to check out “Deathwish Movers” when it premieres Wednesday, March 16th at 10PM on the Travel Channel.