CBS All Access Adding New Dark Fairytale Thriller ‘Tell Me A Story’ + CEO Touts ‘Star Trek’ Success

Today CBS announced they are adding another original show to the CBS All Access streaming service, home to Star Trek: Discovery. The new show titled Tell Me a Story is a psychological thriller developed by Kevin Williamson, writer of the first two Scream movies and creator of a number shows including The Vampire Diaries.

Here is how CBS describes the new series:

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 an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.

The show is based on the format of the previously aired Spanish television series Cuéntame un Cuento. A trailer for that can be seen below. [NOTE: Trailer is for original Spanish network show and not new CBS All Access show]

This is the second new series announced for CBS All Access this month, the first being a reboot of The Twilight Zone, which was announced on November 2nd. These shows join the previously announced sci-fi drama Strange Angel from Ridley Scott (coming in 2018) in an expanding catalog of genre shows, clearly aimed at keeping hold of subscribers who joined All Access for Star Trek: Discovery.

The second chapter of the first season of Discovery kicks off on January 7th. A second season has already been announced. The writers room has just started work on season 2, but no release date has been announced.

Moonves touts Star Trek success

As another sign of how bullish CBS is on Star Trek: Discovery, in an interview with CNBC CEO Les Moonves pointed to the new Star Trek show as an example of how the company is able to compete against much bigger rivals:

“Disney is six times as big as we are. Comcast is six times as big as we are. Netflix’s market cap is huge. Now Amazon, the number one company in the world, is producing content. We are sort of like an old-fashioned production company, we are a small guy. It’s a jump ball we’re never going to win. We have to continue to develop our own projects ourselves … like we did with ‘Star Trek’ on our over-the-top service, That’s how we’re going to compete.”

Star Trek free month of All Access promotion

Speaking of CBS All Access, there is a new promo going on for the next week (through December 4th) where you can get a free month. To get the deal CLICK this link and use the code “LETSGO” before 12/4

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