Some stories are worth telling anew.
The CW evidently believes so, since it’s bringing a series from a sister outlet to broadcast television. “Tell Me a Story” streamed on CBS All Access, and the show begins again as it makes its CW debut Tuesday. Executive-produced by Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries”), it puts contemporary, sometimes creepy twists on classic fairy tales — for starters, “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Three Little Pigs.”
Danielle Campbell, of the “Vampire Diaries” spinoff “The Originals,” plays Red Riding Hood surrogate Kayla. Relocating to New York with her father (Sam Jaeger, “Parenthood”) after her mother’s death, she has an unusual high-school teacher (Billy Magnussen, “Game Night”) who’s the counterpart of the wolf in the correlating story.
Adapting “Tell Me a Story” from the Spanish series “Cuentame un Cuento,” Williamson explains that he and his creative team “chose these three fairy tales because they sort of complemented each other with their themes and the morals of the stories. They told three diverse story lines, and (we’ve) sort of interwoven them in a way in which the original series did not. The ‘Three Little Pigs’ story line might be reminiscent of the original (show), but ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ are just products of me and a roomful of writers.”
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