‘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 RogerEbert.com 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.