See Jenna Ortega Praise Wednesday Fans For Renewal
Jenna Ortega thanked fans on Twitter for helping renew Wednesday at Netflix.
The Addams Family keeps getting reinvented for each new generation, and Wednesday on Netflix follows the misadventures of the titular Addams (played to perfection by Jenny Ortega) after she is expelled from a more traditional school for attacking jock bullies and then enrolled into the prestigious (but altogether spooky) Nevermore Academy. The Tim Burton show proved to be a major hit for Netflix, a streaming platform that definitely needed a win, and the series was officially renewed for a second season. Recently, star Jenna Ortega took to Twitter to thank fans for Wednesday getting a Season 2 by thanking “everyone who made this possible” and noting how the entire experience has been “pretty surreal.”
Part of what made Wednesday such a success is that it effortlessly captured the aesthetic and general violent vibe of the popular 1990s Addams Family movies, which is somewhat ironic because Tim Burton is an executive producer on the show. He actually turned down the chance to direct the hit 1991 Addams Family film, and it was instead directed by then-newcomer Barry Sonnenfeld, though the stylish goth aesthetic of that film (which took more than a few visual cues from the 1989 Batman at times) meant that fans often mistakenly thought Burton directed it. Now that Jenna Ortega will return as Wednesday for Season 2 of the show, we’ll get to see more of the crazy ideas that Burton wants to bring to life now that he is finally ready to show us his version of America’s kookiest family.
And while neither Jenna Ortega nor any of the Wednesday creators knew for sure they would get a Season 2, the first season resolves in a way that gives them several new directions the series could go in. For example, Nevermore Academy is closed for the remaining semester at the end of the season, which means a second season might show us more of the Addams Family (including Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Luis Guzman as Gomez, and Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester), including a better look at their famous mansion. Speaking of the rest of the family, season one saw sparks occasionally fly between Wednesday and Morticia even as our young protagonist discovered she and her mother are more alike than she realized, and we’ll likely see their relationship develop more in the new season.
What is less clear is whether the showrunners are going to stick to the show’s general format for a second season. Season One was basically a mystery, with Wednesday leading the charge to determine the identity of the culprit or culprits behind a number of grisly murders. When Jenna Ortega returns as Wednesday for Season 2, she may have a new mystery to contend with, but we wouldn’t put it past the showrunners to change the format of the show up so that the series doesn’t get too stale.
Of course, “stale” is the last description that could apply to our title star’s career. Jenna Ortega killed it as Wednesday, and we’re looking forward to Season 2, but she was also pitch-perfect in the 2022 Scream and Ti West’s X, and before that, she dazzled in The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Given these films and her amazing portrayal as Wednesday Addams, it’s fair to say that Ortega is this generation’s most talented and prolific scream queen, and we can’t wait to see what she tackles next.