Kevin Williamson (Scream) looks to be getting his The Vampire Diaries band back together, recruiting Paul Wesley to join The Originals' Danielle Campbell on his twisted psychological thriller Tell Me a Story. The actor also joins 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), Williamson will executive produce his twisted re-imagining of time-honored childhood fairy tales alongside Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
Wesley plays Eddie, a derelict and troubled individual whose petulance is fueled even more by his problems with drugs and alcohol. Although he works as a bartender, he also splits his time as a low-level drug dealer and part-time thief with his older brother Mitch, who never fails to treat Eddie as the lowly delinquent that he is.
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 high school teacher who's handsome, seductive, and quite possibly a wolf in sheep's clothing. After a wild night with a girl he met at a nightclub results in a hookup but no phone numbers swapped, he thinks his chances with her have gone out the window. But when he runs into her again, he's sure to take advantage of his second chance, proving he's sensitive, understanding… and, quite possibly, too good to be true.
Wesley played vampire Stefan on The Vampire Diaries for the series' eight-season run; turning to off-Broadway after the series ended in March 2017: Cal in Camo at The Rattlestick Theatre; and Zurich at New York Theatre Workshop. He also has a featured role in Medal Of Honor, Robert Zemeckis's upcoming Netflix miniseries.
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.