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Kim Cattrall is best known for her role as Samantha Jones on HBO's Sex and the City, although she has been making headlines lately more for her less-than-friendly back-and-forth with former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker. Now, Cattrall has landed a brand new role that could result in audiences seeing her in a brand new light. Cattrall is coming to CBS All Access to star in Kevin Williamson's dark freshman drama, called Tell Me a Story.
Tell Me a Story was first announced back in November as a project that will put dark twists on fairy tales not generally known for their darkness. Crafted by Kevin Williamson of The Vampire Diaries fame, the series is all but guaranteed to deliver something unlike anything else on television, and not just because Once Upon a Time has come to an end. The drama will be serialized and utilize bits and pieces of stories like Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Bigs, and Hansel and Gretel. In an interesting twist, the show will be set in present-day New York. The project scored a straight-to-series order last year, and the casting of Kim Cattrall (as reported by TVLine) promises to raise its profile significantly.
Even though Sex and the City has been off the air since 2004 (and the second feature film premiered way back in 2010), Cattrall is still a well-known actress who may bring the name recognition needed to launch a new genre series. CBS All Access' other two high-profile projects had name recognition going for them, as Star Trek: Discovery hails from the Star Trek franchise and The Good Fight is a spinoff of the popular CBS drama The Good Wife.
All of this said, Kim Cattrall's new character will be no Samantha Jones. Cattrall will play a woman by the name of Colleen, who is a nontraditional grandmother whose actions are rarely what one would expect. Her life will change significantly when her adult son moves back in with her along with his troubled teenage daughter Kayla. A sinister threat arises, requiring her to mature and do everything in her power to protect her family.
Kim Cattrall joins Billy Magnussen of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Get Shorty fame on Tell Me a Story. Magnussan will play a high school teacher who is surprisingly seductive, a quality which may be used to hide a dark side. A wolf in sheep's clothing, perhaps? Whatever his character, we can bet that his kind of seduction won't lead to the same kind of situations that Cattrall found herself in on Sex and the City. Star Trek: Discovery may be able to drop an F-bomb, but something tells me that's about as R-rated any CBS All Access series will get.
We'll have to wait and see. Tell Me a Story will be Kim Cattrall's first major role in the U.S. market since the end of Sex and the City in 2004, although she did land roles in the Canadian comedy Sensitive Skin and the Swedish psychological thriller called Modus. No premiere date for Tell Me a Story has been announced at this point, so be sure to check out our summer TV premiere guide for what you can watch now and in the not-too-distant future.