Space has announced that production has begun on its buzzed-about new Original Drama series Bitten. Featuring three new male leads, the Canadian scripted series will shoot in studio and on location in Toronto, Hamilton, and in the Hespeler area of Cambridge, Ontario until late summer. Based on the critically acclaimed Women of the Otherworld novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, the emotionally charged thriller stars previously announced Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. Additional principal casting for the series announced today includes Winnipeg’s Greg Bryk (A History Of Violence, Rookie Blue) as Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers, and Alberta natives Greyston Holt (Alcatraz, Durham County) as Clayton Danvers and Paul Greene (The Client List, Wicked Wicked Games) as Philip McAdams. The 13-episode, one-hour series is set to premiere in early 2014 on Space, and is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and Entertainment One (eOne) in association with Bell Media.
A foster child, Elena (Vandervoort) had always craved a “normal” life and thought she finally found it with her boyfriend Clayton Danvers (Holt). But the secret life he kept from her ended up changing her forever. With one small bite, Elena was forced to survive life with the Pack as a werewolf. Still craving the normal life she lost, Elena finds refuge in Toronto working as a photographer and dating a new man. Hiding her werewolf existence from her ad-exec boyfriend Phillip McAdams (Greene), Elena is pulled back into her former life when bodies turn up in the backwoods of Stonehaven, the rural mansion that has served as a werewolf sanctuary for generations. Caught between two worlds and two loves, Elena returns to Stonehaven out of duty, turning to Clay’s foster-father and leader of the Pack Jeremy Danvers (Bryk) for support. But once back in the fold, Elena realizes that when push comes to shove, like any true alpha female, she’ll stop at nothing to defend her family.
Also joining the Bitten cast are Paulino Nunes (The Firm, Cra$h & Burn) and Steve Lund (Haven, Alphas) as werewolf father and son Antonio and Nick Sorrentino; Natalie Brown (Being Human, Happy Town) as Diane, Philip’s sister and Elena’s best friend in Toronto; Michael Xavier (The Best Years, Nikita) as werewolf Logan; Genelle Williams Warehouse 13, The Listener) as Logan’s girlfriend Rachel; and Joel Keller (Men With Brooms, Durham County) as werewolf Peter.
“We’re so excited to see the rich world that Kelley Armstrong has created in her novels begin to take shape and come to life as we start production on this new series with an amazing cast,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “With Greyston and Paul joining Laura, the love triangle at the heart of the series is complete, and Greg is the perfect Pack leader.”
“After months of searching in Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles, we couldn’t be more excited about casting Greyston Holt to play Clayton, Paul Greene in the role of Philip, and Greg Bryk as Pack Alpha, Jeremy Danvers,” said J.B. Sugar, Executive Producer, No Equal Entertainment. “We are truly excited to begin production and I can’t think of a more appealing and talented ensemble cast of actors to populate the world of our show.”
Greg Bryk was first introduced to audiences as Alexander ‘The Juggernaut’ Yount in the comedy Men With Brooms, and then starred as Weston Fields for four seasons on the critically-acclaimed series Regenesis. Bryk has appeared in major TV mini-series and movies of the week including The Gathering, The Robber Bride, Red: The Werewolf Hunter, Gathering, Mistletoe Over Manhattan and XIII: The Conspiracy. Bryk has also appeared in numerous feature films including David Cronenberg’s A History Of Violence, Shoot’ Em Up, Weirdsville, The Incredible Hulk, Saw V, Saw 3D, Red, You Might As Well Live, Stephen King thriller Dolan’s Cadillac, and Act Of Dishonor. Bryk also played a major role in Tarsem Singh’s Greek mythology epic Immortals, and had an award-winning appearance in Clement Virgo’s gritty drama Poor Boy’s Game.
A Gemini Award-nominee for his work in the television movie Deadliest Sea, Bryk has enjoyed regular roles on Cra$h & Burn and Aaron Stone, and reprised his popular character, Col. Amos, in XIII: The Series. Most recently, Bryk has been featured in guest starring roles on Rookie Blue, Transporter: The Series, Covert Affairs, Combat Hospital, Against The Wall, Lost Girl, Cracked, Nikita, and also starred in the TV movie The Phantoms.
Greyston Holt – Starring as Elena’s werewolf ex-boyfriend Clayton Danvers, Calgary-born Holt moved to Vancouver with his family at age two, eventually residing on Salt Spring Island. During his high school years, Holt took up guitar, formed a band, and performed at various venues in Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
After moving to Vancouver to enroll full-time in acting classes, he was cast in the award-winning Steven Spielberg mini-series Into the West. After that came a lead role in the TV feature Just a Girl, based on the true story of Gwen Araujo, a transgendered boy who was beaten to death for daring to be different. In August 2006, shortly after Just a Girl aired, Holt was tapped for a role on Durham County and shot six episodes that fall. From there, he had a guest-starring role on Smallville, was cast as Jordan in the pilot for Sabbatical, had a supporting lead role on the feature film Lost Boys 2, and booked his first lead role in Slap Shot: The Junior League. Holt reprised his role on the award-winning Durham County for Season 2, and has since appeared in numerous series including Fringe, Alcatraz, and Flashpoint, among others.
Paul Greene – Starring as Elena’s live-in boyfriend Phillip McAdams, Greene was born and raised in the small town of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, and began acting at the age of 16 before moving to the U.S. to further his acting career. After his move, Greene landed a lead role on the series Wicked Wicked Games opposite Tatum O’Neill. Soon after, several guest-starring roles followed including David E. Kelley’s series The Wedding Bells and a recurring role on Kelley’s next hit series Harry’s Law, starring Academy Award®-winner Kathy Bates. Greene also booked a coveted recurring role playing Maura Tierney’s love interest on the pilot The Whole Truth, which ultimately got picked up to series. Other notable guest spots include NCIS, Emmy®-nominated series Shark, My Own Worst Enemy, and Eastwick.
Greene went back to his Canadian roots when he accepted the male lead opposite Deanna Russo and Lauren Holly in the movie-of-the-week Do No Harm. Most recently, Greene can be seen recurring opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in The Client List, and has an upcoming role playing Olivia Munn’s ex-boyfriend in Aaron Sorkin’s hit series The Newsroom. In addition to television, Greene can be seen in the role of Ron in Sophia Coppola’s Somewhere.
Greene has also appeared in a number of television ad spots, and he has graced the cover of Men’s Health Magazine three times. An accomplished pilot, musician, and photographer, he currently lives in Los Angeles with his son, Oliver.
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 John Morayniss and Margaret O’Brien for 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.