Bitten – the TV show

I’m so excited that Kelley Armstrong’s werewolf novel Bitten (the first book in her Women of the Otherworld series) is being adapted for the small screen. The Canadian shot TV series is set to air next year.

When I first read Bitten a few years ago, I was intrigued by the relationship between  Clayton (Clay) Danvers and Elena Michaels who are werewolves in the same pack.  As much as Elena would love to keep her distance from Clay and try to keep living her life as though she were a regular woman, it’s not going to happen.

Clay bit Elena back when she was a college student, turning her into a werewolf – the only female werewolf  in the world, which has its own problems as you can imagine. The part of being a werewolf that Elena struggles the most to deal with is the fact that she didn’t choose this life. Clay bit her without her blessing. Elena didn’t even know werewolves existed at the time. Are you interested yet?

Some backstory. When Elena was at college in Toronto, she fell in love with Clay, her professor – not as seedy as it sounds. He was a young academic, she was twenty years old. When he brought her to his home, Stonehaven in upstate New York, to meet his family, he bit Elena.

All this happens prior to the novel Bitten. Bitten is set a decade later when Elena is working as a journalist in Toronto, but we learn snippets about her past and Clayton’s throughout the novel. The novella Beginnings fills in the gaps, showing the reader how they met and fell in love.


coleNow of course, everyone has their own idea of the perfect cast for Bitten. While I struggled to picture any one particular actress as Elena, from the first time I read about Clay and heard his southern drawl, I pictured Cole Hauser from Pitch Black in the role. With his masculine build and curly blond hair, I couldn’t help but think of Clay. Cole’s probably a little too old now for the part anyway. Greyston Holt has been cast in the role and Laura Vandervoort will play Elena. I recognise her from the alien TV show, V.

There was talk about a movie adaptation many years ago, but it didn’t come to fruition. Angelina Jolie was up for the role of Elena!


Blurb for Bitten from Goodreads:

Elena Michaels is a werewolf. She tries to be human, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must reconsider who and what she is.


Have you read Bitten? Are you excited about the TV show? What are you favourite werewolf books?


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16 Responses to Bitten – the TV show

  1. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    Love Bitten! And I can’t wait to see the show.

  2. I’ve never read the books but the really sound intriguing! I think I read the 1st book of he YA series and it was very good. I might just have to check out the show too!

    • Emma says:

      Try the first book and see what you think, L.J. I have most of the books, but have the last two still to go – I think. I’ll have to check out her YA stuff.

  3. Sounds good to me! And I love Cole Hauser… too bad.

  4. That DOES sound interesting.

  5. beckyday6 says:

    I heard about this, really exciting stuff! Although it is so hard to picture it as a TV series in my mind. I hope it will be great. I don’t expect it to follow the book or anything as Kelley has noted but if they got the essence of the story right that would be awesome. 🙂 I need to hurry up and read the rest of the series!

    • Emma says:

      I think they have 13 episodes, so let’s see how it goes. They probably won’t stick to the books exactly like you say, but as long as they capture the characters well, I don’t mind how the plot goes.

  6. Considering how awesome Canadian produced T.V. series have been lately (Continuum and Orphan Black specifically), I am excited for this show to come out. Of course I’m excited for anything with Laura Vandervoort.
    Never read the books but they got good reviews,

    • Emma says:

      I haven’t seen Continuum or Orphan Black, but I have heard of them. If I see them on Syfy (I think that’s what they’re airing them on in the UK) I’ll give them a go. Laura is a beauty.

  7. fuonlyknew says:

    Looking forward to this show!!! I love Cole! I agree he may be getting too old for the part. but his pretty face and that voice of his are yummy. Haven’t read the book yet.

    • Emma says:

      I didn’t know so many of us fancied Cole! 🙂

      • fuonlyknew says:

        Oh Yeah! Teamed up with Riddick I had so much to entertain in Pitch Black. I really enjoyed him in Cave too! I could lose myself in his eyes. Him, Johnny Depp and Thomas Jane make my heart go pitter patter!

      • Emma says:

        I loved Pitch Black and The Cave. In fact I’m going to pull them out this weekend and have a Cole day. 😉 He makes my heart pitter patter too. I have to look up Thomas Jane.

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