to update: And as such, Netflix has confirmed that Wednesday Season 2 is in the works.
In a press release, Netflix announced that the global phenomenon will return for a follow-up season, though it stopped short of confirming when filming will begin, which cast members will return, and other vital information.
To mark the occasion, Netflix also released a 55-second video — complete with a voiceover from Wednesday star Gina Ortega — revealing that a second Wednesday season is on the way. Check it out below:
The original story follows.
Get ready to snap those toes, everyone — Netflix looks set to announce Wednesday’s second season.
A subtle teaser, posted to Netflix’s social media channels on Jan. 6, heavily suggests that Wednesday — Netflix’s revival of the Addams Family franchise — will be renewed for a second season.
The brief video for Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday shows Addams typing “The End” on her trusty typewriter, which initially suggests that one of Netflix’s best shows will end after one season.
However, after the briefest of pauses, Wednesday adds a question mark at the end of the short sentence. A quick change of camera angle shows Wednesday starting to smile before she moves to pull the page from the typewriter to apparently start over.
Check out the teaser video below:
Of course, that doesn’t confirm that Wednesday Season 2 is on the way. Still, it’s an interesting marketing ploy on Netflix’s part, which serves to tease audiences about the dark comedy series’ inevitable renewal.
And we say “seemingly inevitable” because this is Wednesday’s second season: the inevitable. The Tim Burton-directed TV show was only released on Netflix in November 2022, but it’s already the second most-streamed English-language Netflix series of all time.
As of January 4, 2023, Wednesday’s first season has collected 1.42 billion watch hours, a number that has enabled it to take the number one spot on Netflix’s Top 10 list. (Opens in a new tab) List of TV shows for the past six weeks. Its dominance was so great that Season 3’s Emily of Paris is the only series that came close to dethroning it — the rom-com’s third show only lost first place (in the week of December 19-25) by 940,000 hours.
Right now, Season 4 of Stranger Things (English) and Season 1 of Squid Game (Foreign Language) are the only two shows to beat Wednesday’s Season 1 in the entire history of Netflix. Given the massive popularity of Wednesday’s first season, then, it’s inevitable that a second season is on the way.
However, the fact that it took Netflix six weeks to decide to greenlight a second Wednesday season is a little strange. If the series has delighted fans and critics alike since its release, and has broken all sorts of Netflix records, it wouldn’t take long for those responsible for the world’s best streaming service to revamp it, right?
Well, not exactly. As we explained in our recent roundup on Netflix’s 1899 cancellation, the streaming giant has its own internal parameters for determining whether a show should receive another season or be cancelled.
It’s a complicated process, but in short: If a TV series is financially viable (its impact value is greater than its production cost) and watched from start to finish (in other words, viewers watch every minute of every episode in the show’s final season), it’s likely to Netflix is greenlighting another entry.
Wednesday’s first season has blown those criteria out of the water, so there’s no question that another installment is set to be announced. However, it’s baffling that it took Netflix nearly two months to come to that conclusion, even with the 2022 holiday season likely to influence any decision about the show’s future.
So when can we expect Netflix to announce Wednesday’s second season? The release of a teaser in the first week of 2023 suggests a reveal is imminent, so it could be made official today (January 6). However, we think it would be even cooler if Wednesday’s second season was announced on Wednesday (see what we did there?). If Netflix joins forces with us, we could be notified of season two on Wednesday in just five days (on Wednesday, January 11th).
No matter when Season 2 is revealed, stick with TechRadar to be the first to hear about any official announcement.
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