Thanksgiving is the new Halloween. Tim Burton and Netflix’s upcoming “Wednesday” series, the “Addams Family” spin-off starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, now has a premiere date.
“Wednesday” will premiere all of its episodes on November 23, which happens to be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
In the series, Wednesday attends Nevermore Academy, where she tries to master her new psychic abilities and solve a murder mystery tied to her family’s past.
“Miercoles is currently a teenager, and we have never seen her as a teenager before,” Ortega said in a statement. “His sarcastic, sarcastic comments of hers may not necessarily sound as charming when they come from someone she should probably know more than a 10-year-old girl. That was a balancing act. We didn’t want her to sound like any other teenager, but we also didn’t want her to be too ignorant. And we’ve never seen her so much on screen. Every other time you’ve seen Wednesday, she’s been the one-liner, the end of a joke, she always gets it right, and I think that’s what people really love about her. But in this show, every scene is Wednesday. There’s an opportunity to give her a little more dimension, and she becomes a little more of a real person, which I don’t think we’ve ever seen before.”
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán co-star as Morticia and Gomez Addams, Wednesday’s parents. Isaac Ordonez plays his brother Pugsley, Victor Dorobantu voices the disembodied handyman Thing, and George Burcea plays the handyman Lurch. The cast also includes Gwendoline Christie, Jamie McShane, Percy Hynes White, Hunter Doohan, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Naomi J Ogawa, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer, and Riki Lindhome. Christina Ricci, who played the iconic role of Wednesday in the 1990s “The Addams Family” film series, will make a guest appearance as Marilyn Thornhill.
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar serve as co-showrunners, writers and executive producers on “Wednesday.” Burton produces and directs four of the eight episodes, with Gandja Monteiro and James Marshall serving as additional directors. Steve Stark, Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman and Gail Berman are also executive producers. “Wednesday” is an MGM Television production for Netflix.