At 11am on the last day of Fan Expo 2013 fans of Kelley Armstrong’s series Bitten gathered in room 701A for a Q&A panel with five of the cast members. For those unfamiliar to the books, Bitten is basically about one woman who hooks up with her university professor before being bitten and turned into a werewolf. She then has to find that balance of her normal life and her wolf pack duties. As fans walked into the room, we were handed a pair of furry wolf ears which everyone happily donned. A little past the hour Teddy Wilson from TV’s Space Channel came out to introduce the panel. Cast members Paul Greene, Greg Byrk, Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt and Steve Lund walked down the aisle to much enthusiastic applause. Right off the top, the chemistry among the cast was evident. They were so comfortable and at ease with each other that you felt like you were watching some friends hanging out and sharing laughs with each other, leaving fans to experience a blend of that comforting familiarity but outsider quality of not quite understanding all the inside jokes with each of their knowing glances.
It was revealed early on that the wrap party for Bitten was the previous night, and Teddy laughed about whose idea it was to have their panel first thing in the morning the following day. Steve joked, in a somewhat hungover state, that he only got up about 10 minutes ago and saved time by sleeping in the car. The cast, sharing 2 microphones, took turns answering questions from both Teddy up at the front and the fans. There were a few from the crowd that basically asked them what sets them apart from other types of these shows that are out there like Vampire Diaries or Teen Wolf. Laura, with a cheeky smile, says that Bitten is above that – they take a BITE out of those shows. That it’s a provocative and sexy show full of drama and action; something for everyone. And not to reduce that sexy factor down to it’s basic visual element but the cast, as evidenced from the panel, is surely some good-looking eye candy for guys and girls. .
With Paul staying silently stoic for the most part, which countered Steve’s class clown-like sarcasm it was Greg and Laura that shone as the main spokespeople for the show. Greg had such eloquent and thoughtful answers that it was a shock to find out that he was the prankster among the group as much as he was the alpha. Ardo (A. A. Omer) asked how they felt about this being such a quintessential Canadian show – it’s set, filmed, airing in Canada with a heavily Canadian cast – to which the response was that they loved it. Hockey, poutine, maple syrup, Bitten.
At the end of the panel, fans were treated to the first sneak peak at the trailer for the show, which the cast had only seen once before during the previous night’s wrap party. The fast, high-energy cuts give viewers a nice taste of what’s to come when Bitten premieres its 13-episode first season in 2014. As one of the two panels I managed to get to (the other being the Q&A with Arrow‘s Stephen Amell), I’m glad to say that my migrained state of mind chose wisely. Getting to see this cast interact with each other got me even more excited for the series!