Kevin Williamson wants to tell you a story, but proceed with caution. His new series for CBS All Access, ‘Tell Me A Story’ retells classic fairy tales in a modern, New York setting, with a dark twist. The first season weaves together ‘The Three Little Pigs’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ as an “epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, sex, drugs, and murder.” And almost all of those things are on display in the first trailer for the series.
‘Tell Me A Story’ stars Billy Magnussen (‘Get Shorty’), Kim Cattrall (‘Sex and the City’), Danielle Campbell(‘The Originals’), Paul Wesley (‘The Vampire Diaries’), James Wolk (‘Mad Men’), Dania Ramirez (‘Once Upon A Time’), Sam Jaeger (‘Law & Order: True Crime’), Davi Santos (‘Power Rangers Dino Charge’), Zabryna Guevara (‘Gotham’), and Dorian Missick (‘Luke Cage’).
You can see the first trailer for the series below:
[embedded content]With such a large cast, with all the quick-cuts, it’s a little hard to comprehend what is going on in this trailer. But it certainly seems dark and in addition to the guns and drugs, we get some overt references to the source fairy tales, most obviously the three little pigs masks and ‘Little Red Riding Hood”s crimson raincoat. Danielle Campbell’s character Kayla Sherman is obviously the Red Riding Hood of this series, but as for the others, we may have to wait for another trailer to really figure out how these characters fit together.
It was fittingly announced that ‘Tell Me A Story’ will premiere on Halloween, October 31st with new episodes arriving weekly. The first season consists of ten episodes. This series is an adaptation of the Mexican series ‘Érase una vez’ created by Marcos Osorio Vidal.
Obviously, Williamson is treading in familiar territory, as the creator of ‘Scream’, both the movie franchise and the TV series. This project also reunites Williamson and Paul Wesley, who starred on Williamson’s CW hit ‘The Vampire Diaries’.
What do you think? Will you be checking this show out when it premieres this fall?