[Massive Monster Mayhem] rules!! Honestly, super creative and engaging and I’m surprised they still make shows like this. I remember stuff like Legends of Hidden Temple and Zoom and whatnot from when I was a kid. This is super cool that they still do this. —Joshua
This episode [of Murdoch Mysteries] was absolutely devastating. I cried—and I couldn’t stop thinking about it even the next day. Masterful performances and a brilliant script. But please, don’t make this kind of intense emotional episode a habit! It was almost too much! —Tim
Wow, so entertaining! Just had me glued to the screen tonight. Could not wait until the end … amazing how they get the audience hooked to this episode by not revealing what we all wanted to know until the very last few seconds. So incredibly well done, so very well-acted by the two actors playing Mr. Dilbert and Mildred … had me in tears. Thank you writers, cast, production and all crew involved. No other show comes close to this. —Rhonda
A dark, terrible episode. I’m sorry I watched it rather than turning off the TV. Maybe it’s me, I found the whole thing very upsetting, and quite disturbing. I was vividly reminded of what I believe to be true. I used to work in a Canadian Pacific railway yard and heard a story of a switching crew employee who was crushed between two rail cars. It can happen in a moment of carelessness. He was alive—pulling the cars apart was not an option. A trauma surgeon was called, and the doctor injected him with a large dose of morphine. Then the locomotive pulled the cars apart. Unconscious, the poor man died instantly of massive crushing injuries to his abdomen. I’ve lived with that indelible image in my mind for a long time. I liked Dilbert’s character. The writers never developed it. We see a sad; tender side of him fatally pinned between a car and trolley. So, instead of giving us more of Dilbert they literally crush him to death and we watch him suffer as he comes to terms with his imminent, tragic, pointless death. I have seen every episode; always enjoyable. But not this one. —Brian
I’m glad Pedersen acknowledged the Homicide: Life on the Street episode because that was what I thought of right away. Great job Murdoch! —Chris
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“What’s the craziest things that kids love and how do we jam them all into one show?” That’s the question Art Spigel was asking himself when he ruminated on his newest project. The answer: a lot. Debuting Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family Channel, Massive Monster Mayhem is a mishmash of genres—live-action game show, comedy, CGI and sci-fi series—delivered at a frenetic pace.
Where else can you create a world where kids teleport to an alien planet or a hot dog can drive a robot? That’s just the tip of the iceberg with Massive Monster Mayhem. Co-created by Spigel, the veteran of kids’ programming recalled all the things he loved as a child—giant robots, wrestling, outer space and winning prizes—and jammed them into a television show.
Each episode is an ingenious combination of technology and old-school, as kids don costumes and become intergalactic heroes, facing off against each other in Intergalactic Battle Alliance challenges. The winner of those tests faces a monster sent by Master Mayhem (voiced by Daniel Davies and performed by Thomas Lorber), who has proclaimed himself “Greatest Ruler in the Universe.” Master Mayhem wants to rule Earth and these kids are our last hope. Shot against a massive green screen, CGI transforms the challenges to a space-based colosseum where Graham Conway and Devon Deshaun Stewart call the action from Wipeout-ish obstacle course to the monster movie-inspired smackdown of a cityscape finale. The competitor that successfully defends the world takes home $1,000.
Spigel teamed with Toronto video effects company Playfight to utilize a real-time CGI environment usually reserved for feature films like Avatar—he likens it to dropping the television cameras into a video game—when creating Massive Monster Mayhem.
But Massive Monster Mayhem isn’t just the competition. Master Mayhem is a shade-throwing, sarcastic fellow who delights in boasting of his powers in comedic segments between tests where he preps to destroy Earth.
“I think the humour is universal,” Spigel says. “As crazy as this is, we want there to be some co-viewing. Parents can appreciate the wrestling parody and kids can laugh because that monster looks funny when he breaks things.”
Massive Monster Mayhem airs Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family Channel.
The biggest, baddest and most hilarious monsters are invading Family Channel with the world premiere of Massive Monster Mayhem on Monday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Real-life kids are pitted against Master Mayhem (the self-proclaimed “Greatest Ruler in the Universe”) and his squad of all-star monsters in the most grueling and toughest challenges known to mankind. A laugh-out-loud comedy, combined with sci-fi adventure and a reality game show, the action-packed competition series is like a video game brought to life! The series was co-created by Artur Spigel (Founder of 7ate9 Entertainment) and Michael Chaves. Spigel also serves as executive producer, along with Steven DeNure, Anne Loi, Asaph Fipke, Ken Faier and Josh Scherba of DHX Media.
Planet earth is under attack and it’s up to real-life kid heroes, to suit up and fight back! Combining cutting-edge, real-time CGI with pre-visualization technology, Massive Monster Mayhem showcases real-life kids competing in out-of-this-world challenges in hopes of becoming Earth’s champion and winning cool prizes. Contestants are eliminated through a series of three rounds, which conclude when the last player standing faces off against one of Master Mayhem’s colossal monsters. Every episode also features two hosts who provide hilarious commentary during the competition and non-stop hijinks from Master Mayhem and his monsters. Following the premiere, new episodes of Massive Monster Mayhem air every Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family.
For those who miss an episode or want to watch on the go, episodes of Massive Monster Mayhem will be available on The Family Channel App and Family OnDemand beginning Tuesday, October 24. Fans can also head over to Family.ca to find out more about their favourite monsters.