Tell Me a Story (TV series)

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Tell Me a Story
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GenrePsychological thriller
Created byKevin Williamson
Based onÉrase una vez
by Marcos Osorio Vidal
Starring
Composer(s)John Frizzel
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gonzalo Cilley
  • Andres Tovar
  • Dana Honor
  • Aaron Kaplan
  • Liz Friedlander
  • Kevin Williamson
Producer(s)
  • Colin Walsh
  • Hollie Overton
CinematographyDoug Emmett
Editor(s)
  • Andrew Groves
  • Emily Greene
  • Brock Hammitt
  • Roseanne Tan
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44–53 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkCBS All Access
Original releaseOctober 31, 2018 (2018-10-31) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Tell Me a Story is an American psychological thriller web television series, based on the Mexican television series Érase una vez created by Marcos Osorio Vidal, that premiered on October 31, 2018, on CBS All Access. The series was created by Kevin Williamson and stars James Wolk, Billy Magnussen, Dania Ramirez, Danielle Campbell, Dorian Crossmond Missick, Sam Jaeger, Davi Santos, Michael Raymond-James, Zabryna Guevara, Paul Wesley, and Kim Cattrall. On December 17, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Tell Me a Story 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 this serialized drama 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."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • James Wolk as Jordan Evans, a restaurateur in New York City. His fiancée is killed during a robbery and following her death he begins to seek revenge. Evans' fairy-tale counterpart is the Big Bad Wolf from "The Three Little Pigs".
  • Billy Magnussen as Nick Sullivan, a high school teacher who starts a relationship with one of his students, Kayla. Sullivan's fairy-tale counterpart is the Wolf from "Little Red Riding Hood".
  • Dania Ramirez as Hannah Perez, an Army veteran who returns to her hometown of New York City and who has issues with her mother and her stepfather. Perez's fairy-tale counterpart is Gretel.
  • Danielle Campbell as Kayla Powell, a high school senior who recently moved to New York with her father and is still processing the death of her mother. She is in a sexual relationship with her teacher Nick Sullivan. Powell's fairy-tale counterpart is Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Dorian Crossmond Missick as Sam, the leader of a group of criminals. Sam's fairy-tale counterpart is one of the Three Little Pigs.
  • Sam Jaeger as Tim Powell, a recently widowed father who moved to New York with his daughter following the death of his wife. Powell's fairy-tale counterpart is Little Red Riding Hood's Mother.
  • Davi Santos as Gabe Perez, Hannah's brother who accidentally kills someone and who has a drug addiction. Perez's fairy-tale counterpart is Hansel.
  • Michael Raymond-James as Mitch Longo, a blue collar worker who struggles to provide for his wife and who occasionally pulls off crimes with his brother Eddie. Longo's fairy-tale counterpart is one of the Three Little Pigs.
  • Zabryna Guevara as Renee Garcia, a detective with the New York Police Department
  • Paul Wesley as Eddie Longo, a bartender and low-level drug dealer who struggles with a drug addiction himself. He operates as a part-time thief with his brother Mitch in order to pay a debt to his drug dealer, Manny. Longo's fairy-tale counterpart is one of the Three Little Pigs.
  • Kim Cattrall as Colleen Powell, a former chorus girl and Tim's mother. Powell's fairy-tale counterpart is Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother.

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"Chapter 1: Hope"Liz FriedlanderKevin WilliamsonOctober 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)
2"Chapter 2: Loss"Liz FriedlanderEduardo Javier Canto & Ryan MaldonadoNovember 8, 2018 (2018-11-08)
3"Chapter 3: Greed"Mark TonderaiHollie OvertonNovember 15, 2018 (2018-11-15)
4"Chapter 4: Rage"Mark TonderaiKim ClementsNovember 22, 2018 (2018-11-22)
5"Chapter 5: Madness"Solvan "Slick" NaimHeather ZuhlkeNovember 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)
6"Chapter 6: Guilt"Jeff T. ThomasMary Leah SuttonDecember 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
7"Chapter 7: Betrayal"Millicent SheltonAndrea Thornton BoldenDecember 13, 2018 (2018-12-13)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On November 30, 2017, it was announced that CBS All Access had given Tell Me a Story a series order. The show is being developed for American audiences by Kevin Williamson and is based on the Mexican television series Érase una vez created by Marcos Osorio Vidal. Williamson is also set to write the series and executive produce it alongside Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. The series is being produced by Kaplan's production company Kapital Entertainment.[3][4][5][6] On May 9, 2018, it was reported that Liz Friedlander would direct and executive produce the first two episodes.[1] On August 5, 2018, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour that the series would premiere on October 31, 2018.[7] On December 17, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[8]

Casting[edit]

In May 2018, it was announced that Billy Magnussen and Kim Cattrall had been cast in the series' lead roles.[1][9] In June 2018, it was reported that Danielle Campbell, Paul Wesley, James Wolk, Dania Ramirez, and Sam Jaeger had joined the main cast.[10][11][12][13][14] In July 2018, it was announced that Davi Santos, Zabryna Guevara, and Dorian Missick had been cast in series regular roles.[15][16] In August 2018, it was reported that Michael Raymond-James, Kurt Yaeger, Rarmian Newton, and Paulina Singer had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[17][18]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for season one began on June 28, 2018, in New York City, New York.[19][20]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On July 19, 2018, the series held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, California moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Henry Goldblatt and featuring executive producer Kevin Williamson as well as series stars Paul Wesley and James Wolk. The panel included the premiere of an exclusive teaser trailer for the series.[21][22] On August 5, 2018, a "sneak peek" trailer for the series was released.[7] On October 5, 2018, the official trailer for the series was released, first premiering during the series' panel at the annual New York Comic Con.[23]

Premiere[edit]

On October 23, 2018, the series held its official premiere in at the Metrograph theater in New York City, New York. Those in attendance included creator Kevin Williamson, executive producer Dana Honor, and cast members Becki Newton, Danielle Campbell, Dania Ramirez, and James Wolk.[24]

Reception[edit]

The series has been met with a mixed response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 54% approval rating with an average rating of 5.31 out of 10 based on 13 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Despite an enticing cast and promising premise, Tell Me a Story's overly plotted, grim take on Grimm's Fairy Tales fails to enchant."[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 43 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (May 9, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story': Billy Magnussen To Star In CBS All Access Thriller Series; Liz Friedlander To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Tell Me a Story – Episodes". The Futon Critic. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 30, 2017). "CBS All Access Orders 'Tell Me A Story' Dark Fairytale Thriller Series From Kevin Williamson & Kapital Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 30, 2017). "Kevin Williamson Fairy-Tale Thriller Lands CBS All Access Series Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Burt, Kayti (December 4, 2017). "Tell Me A Story: Kevin Williamson to adapt Spanish series". Den of Geek. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 30, 2017). "CBS All Access Orders Dark Fairytale Series From 'Dawson's Creek' Creator". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Evans, Greg (August 5, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story' Trailer: Dark Fairy Tales Come Knocking This Halloween On CBS All Access – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (December 17, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story' Renewed For Season 2 By CBS All Access". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 23, 2018). "Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series 'Tell Me a Story'". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 5, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story': Danielle Campbell To Star In Kevin Williamson's CBS All Access Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 11, 2018). "Paul Wesley To Co-Star In CBS All Access Series 'Tell Me A Story', Reuniting With 'The Vampire Diaries' EP Kevin Williamson". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 12, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story': James Wolk To Star In Kevin Williamson's CBS All Access Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 12, 2018). "Dania Ramirez To Co-Star In CBS All Access Thriller Series 'Tell Me A Story'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 25, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story': Sam Jaeger To Star In CBS All Access Thriller Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (July 10, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story': Davi Santos To Co-Star In Kevin Williamson's CBS All Access Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (July 11, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story': Zabryna Guevara & Dorian Missick Cast In Kevin Williamson's CBS All Access Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (August 20, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story': Michael Raymond-James, Kurt Yaeger & Rarmian Newton Join CBS All Access Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (August 28, 2018). "Paulina Singer Joins 'Tell Me A Story'; 'Siren' Casts Natalee Linez". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "Thursday, June 28 Filming Locations for Shameless, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Kitchen, & more! - On Location Vacations". On Location Vacations. June 28, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Friday, June 29 Filming Locations for Venom, The Chi, John Wick 3, The Deuce, & more! - On Location Vacations". On Location Vacations. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  21. ^ "Comic-Con 2018 TV Schedule: When Are Your Favorite Shows Taking Over San Diego?". Variety. June 25, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  22. ^ Bucksbaum, Sydney (July 19, 2018). "'Tell Me a Story' Will Showcase a Darker (and More Age-Appropriate) Version of Paul Wesley". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  23. ^ Haring, Bruce (October 5, 2018). "'Tell Me A Story' Official Trailer Unleashed At New York Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  24. ^ "'Tell Me A Story' Red Carpet Premiere Recap". KYW-TV. October 24, 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  25. ^ "Tell Me a Story: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  26. ^ "Tell Me a Story: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 1, 2018.

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