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‘Tell Me a Story’ is a psychological thriller web TV series that airs on CBS All Access. The show has been created by Kevin Williamson and is based on a Spanish TV series, ‘Cuéntame Un Cuento’ by Marcos Osorio Vidal that was aired back in 2013. Williamson stuck to the format of the Spanish series as he was instantly taken by it. He executive produced this series with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. The show first premiered on October 31, 2018.

Everybody loves fairy tales, right? I mean, we grew up on them and we often heard them as bedside stories right before we went to sleep. Fairy tales also taught us valuable things in life and always had happy endings. However, a lot of fairy tales, especially those by the Grimm brothers had really grim origins — pun intended. ‘Tell Me a Story’ seeks to retell the popular fairy tales which are archetypal to society across cultures, and reimagine them in the modern day as a series of twisted and dark psychological thrillers. However, it appears as though the critics were not exactly enchanted by this prospect and has been most vocal in its chiding, saying, “There are talented TV veterans in Tell Me a Story, likely lured by Williamson’s pedigree, but even they fail to give what could reasonably be called good performances. The pacing, the dialogue, the (complete lack of) visual language, the world building—it’s impossible to point to a single element that works.”

Tell Me A Story Cast: Who is in it?

The main cast of ‘Tell Me A Story’ includes James Walk of ‘Zoo‘ fame in the role of Jordan Evans. He is a restauranteur in New York City who is determined to take revenge against those who are responsible for his fiancee’s death. His fairy tale counterpart is obviously the big bad wolf from ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story. Billy Magnussen of ‘Game Night‘ and ‘Aladdin‘ fame plays the role of Joshua “Nick” Sullivan, a high school teacher who has a relationship with a student of his. His counterpart is the wolf from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

Danielle Campbell of ‘The Originals‘ plays the role of Kayla Powell, the high school senior who is dealing with the death of her mother and is in a sexual relationship with Nick. She is Red Riding Hood here. Sam Jaeger appears as Tim Powell, her father, whose counterparts are both the woodcutter and Red Riding Hood’s mother. Kim Cattrall of ‘Sex and the City‘ is seen as Colleen Powell, Tim’s mother, which makes her the fairy tale equivalent of Red Riding Hood’s grandmother.

Dania Ramirez of ‘The Sopranos‘ and ‘Entourage‘ fame appears as Hannah Perez, an army veteran who returns to New York but has issues with her stepfather and mother. She is basically Gretel. Davi Santos is seen as Gabe Perez, her brother who has a drug addiction as a means of coping with the fact that he accidentally killed someone. He is obviously Hansel.

There are several other characters including those who play the real-life counterparts of the three little pigs. Along with these are the recurring and guest stars who help bring this modern day version of the fairy tale to life.

In the upcoming season, we expect to see a different cast as it is most likely that the show is going to be exploring other fairy tales and since these stories have no overlapping characters, it is unlikely that we will see any of these cast members return.

Tell Me A Story Plot: What is it about?

‘Tell Me a Story’ is a dark and twisted psychological thriller. It is set in modern-day New York City. Season 1 takes three of the most celebrated fairy tales, namely ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and turns it into an epic tale of love, murder, greed, and revenge. The series has pretty dark undertones to it.

The show is jam-packed with action but slowed down for the emotional bits. At comic-con, Williamson told the crowd with regards to the show that, “If you love ‘Vampire Diaries’ then I think you will love this a lot. We pack in so much rapid storytelling. We go a mile a minute but we slow it 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.” Variety praised the pacing of the show as well, saying, “For all its faults, the series is enthusiastically pulpy, moving with a propulsive energy that, to be frank, most streaming dramas lack. It’s not nearly operating on the same prescient level as, say, ‘The Good Fight,’ nor quite the radical re-imagining of fairy tales as advertised. But if nothing else, “Tell Me a Story’s” got a wicked bite that might serve it well when trying to grab curious viewers on a streaming platform that doesn’t quite have anything else like it.”

Speaking of the plot of season 2, Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access said, “The first season of ‘Tell Me A Story’ turned conventional fairy tales on their heads, interweaving and modernizing three classic stories into a compelling thriller for today’s audiences, in a way only Kevin Williamson can. We can’t wait to surprise and entertain viewers with a whole new set of tales next season.” Given the pulpy style of the initial season, we cannot wait either, and I find myself going back to re-binge this show, and if you give it a try, I am sure you will feel the same way.

Tell Me A Story Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Tell Me A Story’ Season 1 premiered on the October 31, 2018, i.e., the eve of Halloween. Given the context of the show, this makes it fittingly frightful. It contained 10 episodes that were released on a weekly basis, concluded on January 3, 2019. There’s excellent news for fans regarding the second season of ‘Tell Me a Story’ which has been renewed by CBS All Access. Season 2 will introduce a unique set of fairy tales and characters to keep them intrigued. ‘Tell Me A Story’ Season 2 will most likely release in October 2019 around Halloween. Keep an eye out for further updates.

Tell Me A Story Trailer:

While we wait for ‘Tell Me A Story’ Season 2, check out the season 1 trailer below. If you have not seen the series, be sure to do so for the love of fairy tales with a dark twist of reality.

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