Popular horror comedy series Wednesday is gearing up for Season 2 with a location change. The show, which became wildly successful with its first eight-episode season, which debuted on Netflix in November 2022, is moving production from Romania to Ireland for the upcoming installment. According to Variety, filming is tentatively scheduled to begin in April 2024.
Wednesday Is One Of Netflix’s Most Successful Shows Ever
Wednesday Season 2 follows its record-breaking first outing, which became the first English language series with the most hours (340 million) viewed in its first week. The series was renewed for a second season in January 2023. The story follows Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega), who enrolls at Nevermore Academy to master her emerging psychic ability.
However, she soon finds herself investigating a killing spree, trying to solve a supernatural mystery surrounding her parents, who attended the school 25 years prior, and navigating complex teenage relationships at Nevermore. The cast also features Gwendoline Christie, Jamie McShane, Percy Hynes White, Hunter Doohan, Emma Myers, and Joy Sunday.
Percy Hynes White Won’t Return For Season 2
Naomi J. Ogawa, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer, Riki Lindhome, and Christina Ricci also star. Catherine Zeta-Jones made a special appearance as Morticia Addams, with Luis Guzmán as Gomez and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley. Wednesday, Season 2 was mildly marred by controversy after an X user accused Percy Hynes White of sexual assault in a now-deleted social media post.
Hynes White Accused Of Sexual Abuse
Hynes White, who will reportedly not return as Xavier Thorpe in Wednesday Season 2, described the allegations against him as a misinformation campaign. While the actor didn’t specify which allegations he was addressing, his statement, posted on Instagram, emerged several months after sexual assault accusations against him had started circulating on social media.
“Earlier this year, somebody I’ve never met started a campaign of misinformation about me online. Because of this, my family has been doxxed, and my friends have received death threats,” Hynes White wrote in an Instagram story. “Underage photos of me were used, and examples of me acting in character were presented as hateful.”
Season 2 Won’t Be A Love Story
There’s a strong likelihood that Hynes White’s departure from Wednesday Season 2 is not tied to the actor’s personal life but instead connected to comments made by Jenna Ortega. In June 2023, Ortega revealed that Season 2 would spend more time on the horror aspect of the show to keep the story, which includes supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves, more lighthearted.
Ortega also mentioned that Wednesday Season 2 won’t introduce a romantic love interest for Wednesday, which she described as “truly fantastic.” While there is limited information regarding the plot, Season 1 ended with several unresolved storylines, hinting at the likelihood of another murder mystery. In the finale, Wednesday returned home for summer break only to be confronted with menacing texts.
The messages contain images of Wednesday talking to Tyler in the coffee shop and Xavier giving her a new phone. As a result, Wednesday deduces that she now has her own stalker. The series is developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who also serve as showrunners and executive producers for Wednesday Season 2.
Tim Burton Returns To Direct Wednesday Season 2
The first four episodes were directed by Tim Burton, who also held the position of executive producer for the first season, along with Steve Stark from Toluca Pictures, Andrew Mittman from 1.21 Entertainment, Kevin Miserocchi from the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman of Glickmania, Gail Berman, Tommy Harper, and Kevin Lafferty.