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Netflix Has Renewed 'Wednesday' for a Creepy, Kooky, Mysterious and Spooky Second Season

After the first Jenna Ortega-starring season broke the Netflix record for most hours viewed in a single week twice, this 'Addams Family' revamp has been renewed for a second run.
By Sarah Ward
January 07, 2023
By Sarah Ward
January 07, 2023

"Over the past few weeks I've been hunted, haunted and mimicked millions of times across the internet. It's been pure torture. Thank you." So starts the new Netflix video announcing the return of one of the streaming platform's late 2022 favourites, with Addams Family revamp Wednesday officially renewed for season two.

Given how much of a hit season one of the Jenna Ortega (X)-starring show proved, this news is hardly surprising. Also, given how popular all things Addams Family have always been — the Christina Ricci-led 90s films have been beloved for decades for good reason, and the 1960s TV show and 1930s The New Yorker comics before that it's also far from unexpected. Indeed, if you were channelling your inner Wednesday, as we all should, you wouldn't raise an eyebrow in astonishment. If you devoured Wednesday's first season like its namesake and does with all things creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, however, you'll be so thrilled that you feel like her perky lycan roommate Enid (Emma Myers, Girl in the Basement).

Announcing the renewal, Wednesday season one co-showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (Smallville) said that they "can't wait to dive headfirst into another season and explore the kooky, spooky world of Nevermore. We just need to make sure Wednesday hasn't emptied the pool first."

Giving Wednesday a second spin comes after the first go-around broke the Netflix record for most hours viewed in a single week, then did so again — notching up 341.23-million hours viewed in its first week, then 411.29-million hours viewed in its second.

Netflix hasn't revealed when it'll be getting a witch's shawl on and a broomstick you can crawl on yet again, or any fresh additions to the cast, but season two will pick up from season one's big ending — which left plenty of room for more Nevermore antics to follow. And yes, with Scream and Studio 666 s Ortega in the lead again, it will be spending more time at the school for outsiders that the Addams' eerie teenage daughter was enrolled in to kick off the series, as well as offering up another mystery to solve.

In season one, Wednesday's titular figure had been terrorising her way through various educational facilities, hopping through eight of them in five years. That's how she ended up at Nevermore Academy, where her mother (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Prodigal Son) introduced her with an apology: "please excuse Wednesday, she's allergic to colour".

Morticia actually met Gomez (Luis Guzmán, Hightown) at the school, and thought that their eldest would love it there as they did, but Wednesday's storyline was never going to be that straightforward. With Tim Burton executive producing, plus sitting in the director's chair for the first four episodes — in the job the Frankenweenie, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands filmmaker was clearly born to have — cue high-school chaos, a monstrous murder spree to stop and a supernatural mystery linked to her parents a quarter-century ago to solve. Oh, and a killer goth wardrobe, naturally.

Check out the season two announcement video for Wednesday below:

Wednesday streams via Netflix, with season one available now and season two arriving at a yet-to-be-announced date. We'll update you with further details about season two when they're revealed. Read our full review of Wednesday season one.

Images: Courtesy of Netflix © 2022.

Published on January 07, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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