Tell Me a Story Review 2018 TV-Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creators: Kevin Williamson
Stars: Chris Brochu, Austin Butler, Danielle Campbell
Review: So far, CBS All-Access has had relatively little when it comes to new material to lure subscribers past its pay wall. Star Trek: Discovery (and all the other Star Trek series its planning) have been a good start to bringing paying customers into the fold, but one franchise does not an on-demand service make.
Perhaps CBS All-Access’ new planned drama from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson will help. The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to Tell Me A Story, an adaptation of a Spanish TV series that puts a dark psychological twist on classic fairy tales.
Originals star Danielle Campbell, who plays witch Davina in the soon to be-concluded vampire saga, will feature as one of the three leads in the new series. Her character Kayla is “beautiful and full of anger” and “has just moved from Oakland to New York with her dad. She lost her mother a year ago and since then has strayed from her once promising path — hanging with the wrong crowd, partying… anything to distract from the pain and grief of her mother’s death.”None other than Kim Cattrall (Sex And The City, Big Trouble In Little China) will play Kayla’s grandmother in the show.
Kevin Williamson and Paul Wesley have come a long way from Mystic Falls, but their relationship continues with CBS All Access’ forthcoming series Tell Me a Story.
Tell Me a Story is a reimagining of the most beloved fairy tales, as the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel come to life as dark and twisted psychological thrillers interweaving against the backdrop of modern-day New York. Wesley reunites with his former Vampire Diaries boss on the series.
“If you love The Vampire Diaries then I think you’ll love this a lot,” Williamson told the crowd gathered in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con for the series preview. “We pack in so much rapid storytelling. We go a mile a minute but we slow down for the emotional moments. We have cliffhangers, which I love to write. Because of cable and streaming we get to go to some new places.”
The panel opened with a first-look trailer for the new series (which at press time was not being released to the public). That debuted to cheers when fan-favorite Wesley appeared in what serves as his first series regular role since wrapping eight seasons on The CW drama. For his part, Wesley is excited to introduce a new character to his fans, one that’s much more age-appropriate. “I’m a man in my mid 30s,” he says with a laugh. “I was playing a 17-year-old and now I get to play a man in my 30s.”
And because Tell Me a Story is airing on CBS All Access and not on broadcast, that means that Wesley is playing a considerably darker character than his time on younger-skewing broadcaster The CW. “You don’t have to adhere to broadcast standards,” Williamson says of Wesley’s new role. “It’s grounded in a real way. That means it’s messy, it’s sexy, sometimes it’s bloody.”
“Sometimes words slip out that don’t have to be censored,” Wesley adds with another laugh. “This is very different from what you’ve seen from me on The Vampire Diaries. I’m a big fan of Kevin’s. And I’m really interested in being on a streaming service. There are no inhibitions. It’s a great change.”
A premiere date for Tell Me a Story has not yet been set, but Williamson hints that it might drop in October. The series will stream on CBS All Access.