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TORONTO (Nov. 22, 2013) – As announced last night on INNERSPACE, Saturdays are about to get dead sexy with the premiere of the highly anticipated, action-packed Space original thriller BITTEN, Jan. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. Toronto’s Laura Vandervoort (SMALLVILLE, Ted) sinks her claws into the role as the world’s only female werewolf, Elena Michaels, in this 13-episode, one-hour original dramatic series. Based on the New York Times best-selling novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, BITTEN is set in a world where werewolves live undetected amongst humans. Shot on location in Toronto, Hamilton, and Hespeler, ON, the series follows Elena’s dangerous struggle between the new life she’s created and her loyalty to The Pack. BITTEN also stars Winnipeg’s Greg Bryk (A History Of Violence, ROOKIE BLUE) as The Alpha pack leader Jeremy Danvers, B.C. native Greyston Holt (ALCATRAZ, Durham County) as passionate Clayton Danvers, and Alberta’s Paul Greene (THE CLIENT LIST, WICKED WICKED GAMES) as Elena’s human boyfriend, Philip McAdams. The series was acquired for U.S. broadcast by Syfy and is set to premiere stateside in January 2014.
All in the family: The Pack at home in their ancestral home, Stonehaven
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In BITTEN, werewolves are monitored by The Pack, a powerful, organized family based in the grand manor of Stonehaven, their ancestral home. In the premiere episode entitled “Summons” (Saturday, Jan. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Space), viewers are introduced to the town of Bear Valley in upstate New York and The Pack family, to which Elena used to belong after being bitten by her boyfriend Clayton (Holt). With that one small bite, Elena was forced to live as a werewolf. Still craving the normal life she lost, Elena flees to Toronto and hides her secret from her boyfriend, Phillip (Greene). However, she is pulled back into her former world when the discovery of a mauled girl catapults an all-out war against a group of rogue Mutts (non-Pack werewolves) whose aim is to destroy The Pack.
Meet The BITTEN Pack:
Elena Michaels – The Tracker
Laura Vandervoort plays the smart, extraordinarily strong, and sexy-as-hell, Elena, a foster child who had always craved a “normal” life and thought she finally found it with her boyfriend Clayton Danvers. But the secret life he kept from her ended up changing her forever. With one small bite, all her hopes for a normal “human” future were shattered. In the ensuing three years, Elena became the tracker for The Pack – trained to hunt and find rogue Mutts who broke the highly structured rules of werewolf society.
One year ago, Elena was forced to kill a human to protect her secret, and that deed so sickened her she left The Pack and headed to Toronto to try to reclaim what was left of her human self. She quickly built a future in the city, working as freelance photographer and diving into a steamy relationship with sexy ad exec Philip McAdams. She tries hard to suppress her werewolf side, but some things can’t be denied that easily, as Elena soon finds out.
Dr. Clayton Danvers – The Enforcer
Clayton was a feral werewolf child in the New Orleans swamps until he was found by Jeremy who raised him as a son. Now a Professor of Anthropology, Clay divides his time between his scholastic research and enforcing the Pack code, while keeping errant Mutts in line. He is the most loyal member of the Pack, sworn by life oath to Jeremy. His deep burning love for Elena may be tested through the years, but it never wavers: she is the only woman he has ever loved, and will ever love.
Jeremy Danvers – The Alpha
Jeremy is a hereditary werewolf who came by “The Alpha” status after a violent clash with his father, Malcolm. The ensuing battle divided The Pack – the members who sided with Jeremy came to make up The Pack. The remaining werewolves were cast out as Mutts. Jeremy is not a typical “mob boss” – he earns his living as a painter, and though he has no desire to kill, he enforces the Pack code with an iron fist when the occasion demands.
Nick Sorrentino – The Negotiator
The cad of the bunch who is never taken too seriously, Nick’s “wolf in sheep’s clothing” approach helps him get information out of Mutts and/or humans. Nick is always quick, delivers bad news with a smile, and lives every moment to its fullest.
Dr. Logan Jonsen – The Analyst
Living with his girlfriend Rachel, a rising culinary star, Logan has been able to keep his hairier temperament a secret from her, while managing a private psychology practice in Toronto. Logan is the only Pack member Elena has kept in touch with during her year away, and is one of the few people she trusts with the details of her new life. Logan is on-call with The Pack, brought in whenever they need him to profile a Mutt or to aide Elena in tracking down people.
Philip McAdams – The Boyfriend
Elena’s human boyfriend, Philip, is lighting up the Toronto advertising scene with his new boutique agency, McAdams Creative Solutions. He won Elena over with his fierce drive and cerebral seduction. Philip is a steady, rock solid presence in Elena’s life, and the one thing she can trust.
BITTEN is based on the critically-acclaimed series of novels by Kelley Armstrong, and is executive produced by J.B. Sugar (THE COLLECTOR, JPOD) for No Equal Entertainment, John Barbisan, and Patrick Banister (WHISTLER) for Hoodwink Entertainment, and Tecca Crosby, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for Entertainment One (eOne). Daegan Fryklind and Grant Rosenberg are Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners. eOne is distributing the series internationally.
BITTEN is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne in association with Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco Production Program and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Rebecca DiPasquale and Tom Hastings are Production Executives, Drama, Bell Media. Trish Williams is Director of Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
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