TMAS Rundown for Season 2

Terror Intertwines With Fairy Tale Romance In Tell Me A Story Season 2

Kevin Williamson’s CBS All Access original series returns with troubling princess tales from Beauty And The Best, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella.
The psychological thriller Tell Me A Story takes viewers down a hauntingly familiar yet strange path, weaving through three legendary fairy tales over the course of a season—but not as you’ve ever seen them before.

Following the first season’s journey into the “woods” of New York City, Season 2 will stream exclusively on CBS All Access and is set amid the lively Nashville music scene. This time around, the thrills combine with character-driven romance and a love of three iconic princess stories: Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella.

Executive Producer Kevin Williamson has embraced the challenge of “intertwining them in a graceful way.” Williamson and his team do a lot of rewriting, including swapping genders from the original tales and at times intentionally leading audiences to question which contemporary character is connected to which classic one.

For example, Beauty and the Beast has been inverted in Tell Me A Story, with a male as the beauty and female as the beast. It becomes “about strength and power, and how she empowers herself to rise up over her circumstances,” says Williamson. “That’s what we’ve subverted.”

He notes that it helps how the spine of this new season is a single family, the Pruitts. “The idea of family, one of the themes I love so much, really resonates in an emotional way,” he says. “It gives everything a reason.”

The head of that family is Rebecca Pruitt (played by Carrie-Anne Moss), with three children: Maddie (Odette Annable), Jackson (Matt Lauria), and Ashley Rose (Natalie Alyn Lind). ​The latter’s pop star status allows the series to incorporate plenty of music, which dovetails with the Nashville setting.

One element the new season will share with the previous is returning castmembers Paul Wesley and Danielle Campbell. Wesley returns this time in an all-new role as Tucker Reed, a struggling novelist who spends many sleepless night toiling away in a secluded cabin. Campbell will portray Olivia Moon, a strong, self-possessed young woman who leaves the small city behind for Nashville but finds that fate has other plans for her.

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