I know I shouldn’t pass judgment on a series before production has started, but I think it’s fairly safe to say that MTV’s upcoming “Teen Wolf” series is going to be, well, extremely interesting, to say the very least. The show, of course, is loosely based on the 1985 Michael J. Fox vehicle directed by Rod Daniel, though I’m sure major adjustments will be made to allow this premise to thrive on a weekly basis. In terms of execution, I imagine the program will operate along the lines of MTV’s other scripted programs, namely “The Hills” and their current train wreck “Jersey Shore.” Only with more hair. A lot more hair. As you may have noticed, all attempts to disguise my contempt have systematically failed. Sorry about that.
According to those tasty individuals at The Hollywood Reporter, upstarts Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, and Dylan O’Brien have been cast in the pilot, which will be written by “Criminal Minds” craftsman Jeff Davis. As for the actual plot synopsis, allow me to quote directly:
It revolves around Scott McCall (Posey), a dorky high school student who gets a rush of new powers, including the ability to attract girls, after a wolf attack. O’Brien will play Scott’s best friend who is initially dismissive of Scott’s theory that he was bitten by a wolf but then begins research on human-werewolf transformation.
Reed will play a sweet new girl at school who is immediately smitten with Scott while Hoechlin will play a handsome local boy who in fact is a vicious and predatory werewolf capable of great harm.
Who knows? “Teen Wolf” could be the next “Dead at 21.” However, I’m not betting on it, and neither should you.