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"I always wanted to fight her. She might have beat me, but I would have gotten a couple punches in. So if you're out there, Sister Agnes Katherine, I don't care how old you are. I'll fight you right now for charity money!"


The CBS All Access streaming site will be hosting the second season of Kevin Williamson's skewed take on our favorite fairy tales, "Tell Me a Story," returning Thursday. This year Williamson, best known as creator of "Dawson's Creek," the "Scream" movies and "The Vampire Diaries," will add his twist to three tales that personify what he calls "the princess theme."

"We have 'Beauty and the Beast,' we have 'Sleeping Beauty,' and 'Cinderella.' And they are all wrapped up in various 'thrillery' ways and all sorts of different incarnations this year," he says.

"We found the idea of a family, which is one of the themes I love so much ... the themes of family really resonate in a very emotional way. So I thought we would use that spine to put all of the three story lines in, and I find the interaction and, sort of, the way that the story lines flow with each other much more eloquent and graceful, and it gives everything a reason," he says.

"We learned a lot last year, you know, trial and error. And as much as I loved last season, it can always be better, and that's one of the things that I think we brought to the table this year just in every way, the story telling -- just the style, the tone, the visceral look of the show," he says.


Williamson's fairy tales always carry a subliminal sense of evil. He says that's true of the real stories conjured by the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and Joseph Jacobs.

"They were created to warn children of the dangers of the outside world," says Williamson. "It was sort of to teach them right from wrong and obey your parents, or this is going to happen. You are going to get eaten by the lady in the house. They are warnings.

"What I also love about them is the themes that run through them, and that also makes it darker. 'Sleeping Beauty,' for instance, is all about a curse -- and if you can run from your fate, or you have to accept your fate. And so ... that's what we play with.

"And 'Cinderella' is about transformation, and so that's sort of the theme of 'Cinderella' ultimately with our two characters, whether it be Prince Charming or Cinderella, and how are they going to face transformation? And are they going to be able to redefine their lives when push-comes-to-shove and they get caught in this film "Deewaar," a family crime drama.


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