Kevin Williamson is no stranger to psychological thrillers and fairytales. After all, he created both Scream and Dawson’s Creek and with Julie Plec created our favorite combination of the two, The Vampire Diaries.
As already surmised from the promotional material and trailers, Tell Me a Story takes place in modern-day New York City, and during its first season will attempt to weave together the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel.
By watching the first two episodes, it was relatively easy to match the plot threads of the first to tales but difficult to find much resembling that which most of us recall of the Hansel and Gretel story.
But there is plenty of time for the themes to correlate. It’s merely an early observation.
It is the Three Pigs story, though, that I found most intriguing and featuring the strongest cast.
Wesley is Eddie, an apparent addict down on his luck who leans a little too hard on his big brother, Mitch (the always welcome Michael Raymond-James) to get him through his trying times.
We’ve become accustomed to seeing Wesley as the sexy hero, and here, he’s sporting a giant “F*ck You” tattoo across his chest, among others, and it appears, at first, to suit his attitude. But there is more to Eddie than meets the eye.
When all is not as his brother promised, Wesley is called on to put Eddie through the ringer.
I’ve always wondered if playing teenage vampires was the best choice for The Vampire Diaries ensemble, but Wesley proves he has the goods to stand tall in any ensemble.
He’ll be standing beside Wold, who plays Jordan. Wolk is also well known to TV Fanatic readers for his work on Mad Men and Zoo. The stories of their characters intertwine in what turns out to be less-than shocking fashion but with unforeseen results.