05/09/2013 02:53 EDT | Updated 05/09/2013 03:00 EDT

Laura Vandervoort, 'Bitten' Star, Becoming A Werewolf


Werewolves, vampires and the supernatural are dominating the zeitgeist, but one thing we don't have yet is coming to Space in early 2014: a female werewolf on TV.

Played by Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort ("Smallville," "Ted"), the 13-episode series is called "Bitten," and will be shot in and around Toronto. Based on the critically acclaimed "Women Of The Otherworld" novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, the show centres on foster child Elena Michaels (Vandervoort), who craves a “normal” life and thinks she's finally found it with her boyfriend Clayton Danvers (Greyston Holt, "Durham County," "Fringe").

But the secret life he kept from her ends up changing her forever -- with one small bite, Elena is 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 Philip McAdams (Paul Greene, "Harry's Law"), 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 (Greg Bryk, "The Gathering," "Rookie Blue") for support.

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.

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