Written by Williamson, Tell Me a Story is based on a Spanish format. It takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of the serialized drama co-stars Billy Magnussen and James Wolk and interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder. The Season 1 cast also includes Dania Ramirez, Danielle Campbell, Dorian Missick, Michael Raymond-James, Davi Santos, Sam Jaeger, Zabryna Guevara with Paul Wesley and Kim Catrall. It is unclear which of the actors will return for the second installment of the anthology series.
“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,” said Julie McNamara, EVP Original Content at CBS All Access. “We can’t wait to surprise and entertain viewers with a whole new set of tales next season.”
Williamson, Kaplan and Dana Honor executive produce.
The first seven episodes of Tell Me a Story’s rookie season are available to stream on CBS All Access. New episodes are available on demand weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers. The Season 1 finale will be available to stream on January 3.
The renewal follows the cancellation of mystery series One Dollar after one season, CBS All Access’ first cancellation since its launch in 2014.
In addition to Tell Me a Story, the streaming service’s scripted roster includes The Good Fight, Star Trek: Discovery, Strange Angel and the upcoming The Twilight Zone, Interrogation and several upcoming Trek series. A renewal decision on comedy No Activity is pending.