This week made an appearance at the San Diego Comic Con to promote his new series Tell Me A Story. Check out the gallery for pics from the event.
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After working together on ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ showrunner Kevin Williamson reunites with Paul Wesley for CBS All Access’ ‘Tell Me A Story.’
Kevin Williamson and Paul Wesley have come a long way from Mystic Falls, but their relationship continues with CBS All Access’ forthcoming series Tell Me a Story.
Tell Me a Story is a reimagining of the most beloved fairy tales, as the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel come to life as dark and twisted psychological thrillers interweaving against the backdrop of modern-day New York. Wesley reunites with his former Vampire Diaries boss on the series.
“If you love The Vampire Diaries then I think you’ll love this a lot,” Williamson told the crowd gathered in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con for the series preview. “We pack in so much rapid storytelling. We go a mile a minute but we slow down for the emotional moments. We have cliffhangers which I love to write. Because of cable and streaming we get to go to some new places.”
The panel opened with a first-look trailer for the new series (which at press time was not being released to the public). That debuted to cheers when fan-favorite Wesley appeared in what serves as his first series regular role since wrapping eight seasons on The CW drama. For his part, Wesley is excited to introduce a new character to his fans, one that’s much more age-appropriate. “I’m a man in my mid 30s,” he says with a laugh. “I was playing a 17-year-old and now I get to play a man in my 30s.”
And because Tell Me a Story is airing on CBS All Access and not on broadcast, that means that Wesley is playing a considerably darker character than his time on younger-skewing broadcaster The CW. “You don’t have to adhere to broadcast standards,” Williamson says of Wesley’s new role. “It’s grounded in a real way. That means it’s messy, it’s sexy, sometimes it’s bloody.”
“Sometimes words slip out that don’t have to be censored,” Wesley adds with another laugh. “This is very different from what you’ve seen from me on The Vampire Diaries. I’m a big fan of Kevin’s. And I’m really interested in being on a streaming service. There are no inhibitions. It’s a great change.”
A premiere date for Tell Me a Story has not yet been set, but Williamson hints that it might drop in October. The series will stream on CBS All Access.
We sat down with Kevin Williamson, James Wolk, and Paul Wesley to talk the new show, Tell Me A Story, at Comic-Con 2018.
Today Paul participated in the panel for his new series Tell Me A Story at the San Diego Comic Con. TV Line has shared a video of an interview Paul did along with James Wolk and Kevin Williamson.
CBS All Access’ upcoming fairytale-inspired drama Tell Me a Story reteams Kevin Williamson and Paul Wesley for the first time since their Vampire Diaries days. But one thing is not like the other.
“Thus far, there’s nothing supernatural about [this] series,” Wesley told me in TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite on Thursday. “It’s grounded. It’s in New York City. It’s the real world. It’s modern day. So I’m working with Kevin in a different capacity.”
Another big difference between Vampire Diaries and Story: Wesley is not playing a hero. “He’s a complete derelict,” the actor explained. “He abuses substances, he obviously has a lot of trauma in his life… And his life takes a turn for the worse.”
And as Williamson tells it, Wesley has more than risen to the challenge. “It’s so not Stefan,” the EP shared. “It’s so different from anything he’s done. I’m very excited for everyone to see what an amazing actor he is beyond the Vampire Diaries.”
Williamson is also enthused for viewers to see co-star James Wolk (Zoo, The Crazy Ones) eschew his white knight persona in the series. “He looks like this nice guy,” Williamson noted with a chuckle. “But he’s going to go to a very dark place.”
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Paul will be participating in the Tell Me A Story Panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 19th.
THURSDAY, JULY 19 “TELL ME A STORY,” 12:15-12:45 PM, BALLROOM 20
Step into the world of TELL ME A STORY, the latest project from the brilliant mind of Kevin Williamson. In this reimagining of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, see “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” come to life as dark and twisted psychological thrillers interweaving with each other against the backdrop of modern day New York City. Join executive producer Kevin Williamson, as well as series stars Paul Wesley and James Wolk, for an exclusive sneak peek of the CBS All Access series followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by the editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly, Henry Goldblatt.