We learned last year that Tim Burton was coming to live-action TV with a Netflix series based on The Addams Family. But that wasn’t the whole story. Announced officially by Netflix is Wednesday, a new series focusing on a slightly older Wednesday Addams. Directed and produced by Burton himself, Smallville’s Al Gough and Miles Millar are returning to TV as the series showrunners. The first season will consist of eight episodes.
According to the official synopsis for Wednesday, “The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago—all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”
So this sounds very much like Riverdale, but with a Gothy Burton bent. In the Addams Family movies from the ’90s, Cristina Ricci as Wednesday was absolutely the biggest scene-stealer. Especially in the superior sequel, Addams Family Values. So it makes sense to focus a series on her. This way, it’s not just another take on the Addams clan living in their creepy and kooky mansion. Hopefully, we still get frequent guest appearances from the Addams clan, though. Gomez, Morticia, Fester, and Pugsley have go to show up at some point.
And now we know who will play the lead: Jenny Ortega!
Netflix shared the casting news on Wednesday. Ortega’s appeared in You, Jane the Virgin, and Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous among other things. We look forward to seeing who else will appear. If Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron want to make a guest appearance reprising their animated Gomez and Morticia roles for one episode, we wouldn’t hate that at all. No word yet on when this show is supposed to debut. Hopefully, Netflix bucks tradition and drops this series on a Wednesday. It would only be fitting.
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Originally published February 17, 2021.
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