Has Kevin Williamson's (Scream) twisted psychological thriller Tell Me a Story found its "Little Red Riding Hood" in The Originals' Danielle Campbell? Maybe so, with the actress set to join previously-cast Kim Cattrall (HBO's Sex and the City) and Billy Magnussen (Game Night, Get Shorty) in the CBS All Access series. Directed by Liz Friedlander (Conviction) — who also executive produced the first two episodes — Williamson executive produces his twisted re-imagining of time-honored childhood fairy tales; alongside Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
Tell Me a Story takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and re-imagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder.
Beautiful and full of anger, Campbell's Kayla recently moved from Oakland to New York with her dad. Losing her mother a year ago, Kayla finds herself straying away from her once-promising path: hanging with the wrong crowd, partying – anything to distract from the pain and grief of her mother's death.
Cattrall's Colleen is Kayla's very non-traditional grandmother: a former chorus girl is going to have to grow up finally and take on the parental duties to protect her family against a very dark and sinister threat. Magnussen's Nick is a young, handsome high school teacher who might be more than he appears.
CBS All Access has actively announced several additions to their programming slate. Tell Me a Story joins a roster of original content that also includes: Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight and No Activity; with the upcoming $1, Strange Angel and a Twilight Zone reboot from Jordan Peele (Get Out) moved to development.
CBS' streaming service marks Williamson's (The Following) first series outing outside of "The Big Four" (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) after a lengthy contractual agreement with Warner Bros. TV, where he was responsible for series such as The Vampire Diaries, Stalker, The Secret Circle and Time After Time.