Wednesday: Netflix announces a second season

It’s official: Wednesday will be returning to Netflix for a second season, with the streamer confirming the news this afternoon.

The Addams Family spin-off, which stars Jenna Ortega as the death-obsessed teen, crossed the 1 billion viewing hours mark in its first 28 days in December, a feat only ever reached by Squid Game and Stranger Things season four.

This meant that it was extremely likely that Netflix would renew the show for a second season. But the news that Wednesday will definitely be returning to screens has nevertheless thrilled fans.

“Wednesday season 2 let’s gooooo,” Tweeted one, “OMG there’s going to be wednesday season 2!!!! ahhhhhh,” said another. “Season 2 of Wednesday had just been confirmed by @netflix I’m so excited!” said a third.

In the one-minute season two video announcement, which was released this afternoon, Wednesday says, “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.”

Then the video shows a series of clips of the show, intertwined with some of its popularity worldwide, such as crowds of people dressed as Wednesday and group viewings in cinemas. “The global phenomenon will return,” says writing across the screen.

 (Wednesday Addams / Season 2 Announcement / Netflix)
(Wednesday Addams / Season 2 Announcement / Netflix)

According to Netflix, Wednesday has been seen by as many as 182 million households (2.7 times the population of Britain) and is the platform’s second most popular (English) TV show, with 1.237 billion viewing hours. Even its soundtrack has been incredibly popular, reaching number one on iTunes’ Soundtrack chart, and it stayed in a top ten spot for three weeks.

The Wednesday mayhem doesn’t stop there either, as the fictional character Wednesday Addams has one million followers on Spotify, while the TikTok hashtag #WednesdayAddams has over 22 billion views.

“It’s been incredible to create a show that has connected with people across the world,” said the show’s creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on Netflix’s show site Tudum. “Thrilled to continue Wednesday’s tortuous journey into season two. We can’t wait to dive headfirst into another season and explore the kooky spooky world of Nevermore.”

The eight-episode show was directed by Tim Burton, who is known for his award-winning imaginative and spooky flicks. His past work includes Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Dark Shadows (2012).

The cast of Wednesday also includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, who plays Morticia Addams and Gwendoline Christie who plays Larissa Weems, the head teacher of Wednesday’s new school, Nevermore Academy.

Wednesday is currently available to stream on Netflix