Do you hear that sound?
It's the sound of thundering hearts worrying about when they need to sign up for CBS All Access so they don't miss Paul Wesley's return to the familiar side of the camera -- in front of it!
The former star of The Vampire Diaries has taken a co-starring role on an upcoming, straight-to-series CBS All Access program from Diaries co-creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson.
Since the end of The Vampire Diaries in the spring of 2017, Wesley has done most of his work behind the camera, with some exceptions, of course.
For example, he appeared in a pilot titled Fabled from Zosia Mamet that has been making the festival rounds in 2018.
Interestingly, the new series he's joining has a fable twist, too.
This one, Tell Me a Story, is based on a Spanish format series that also stars The Originals alumna Danielle Campbell, Billy Magnussen and Kim Cattrall.
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 “Jack and the Beanstalk” into a tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder.
It sounds pretty wild, right?
And if you're into thrillers instead of more romantic notions, Tell Me a Story should more than fill the void left by Once Upon a Time.
Wesley plays Eddie, a derelict and troubled individual whose petulance is fueled even more by his problems with drugs and alcohol.
Although he works as a bartender, he also splits his time as a low-level drug dealer and part-time thief with his older brother Mitch, who never fails to treat Eddie as the lowly delinquent that he is.
Cattrall will play Colleen, an unlikely and very non-traditional grandmother.
When her son moves back home, bringing with him a troubled teenager, Kayla (Campbell), the former chorus girl is going to have to grow up finally and take on the parental duties to protect her family against a very dark and sinister threat.
Magnussen will play Nick, a young high school teacher who’s handsome, seductive, and quite possibly a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
After a wild night with a girl he met at a nightclub results in a hookup but no phone numbers swapped, he thinks his chances with her have gone out the window.
But when he runs into her again, he’s sure to take advantage of his second chance, proving he’s sensitive, understanding… and, quite possibly, too good to be true.
It sure sounds like Magnussen will be the big bad wolf to Campbell's Little Red Riding Hood. With only the character description, I'm not easily placing Wesley's Eddie. Could he be a little pig?
This marks the latest original series for CBS All Access. The streamer previously debuted The Good Wife followup -- The Good Fight, Star Trek: Discovery, and the comedy No Activity. Other upcoming originals include $1, Strange Angel, and a reboot of The Twilight Zone.
What do you think of this one? Does it sound exciting? Are you ready to check out CBS All Access now? Is this a good fit for Wesley?
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