Everything we know so far about Wednesday season 2 release, cast, production timeline, and so much more.
When Wednesday debuted in the fall of 2022, no one quite expected the show to take off in the way that it did. After its debut on Nov. 23, 2022, the series quickly shot to the top of Netflix’s Top 10 leaderboard across dozens of countries with Netflix touting that more than 50 million households watched 341.23 million hours of the show during its first week on the platform.
As the weeks went by, the show gained even more momentum becoming an instant hit for Netflix and taking Jenna Ortega’s career to a whole other level of stardom. While the show was an instant hit, it took Netflix longer than expected to lock down a second season, but the good news is Wednesday season 2 is officially happening!
Needless to say, fans are eager to know what’s to come for the breakout series, so we’ve rounded up everything there is to know so far. We’ll continue to update this story with all the new information we learn about Wednesday season 2 as it becomes available. The latest update was on September 17, 2023.
Wednesday season 1 recap
The first season of Wednesday was released on Nov. 23, 2022, and was an instant hit with audiences across the globe. Here’s a quick recap of everything you should know about the show’s first season including its episode count, episode titles, cast, and more:
- Wednesday season 1 debuted on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.
- Wednesday season 1 consisted of 8 episodes which were 45 minutes to an hour long in length. Below are the eight episode titles and runtimes:
- Episode 1, “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe” (59-minute runtime)
- Episode 2, “Woe is the Loneliest Number” (48-minute runtime)
- Episode 3, “Friend or Woe” (48-minute runtime)
- Episode 4, “Woe What a Night” (49-minute runtime)
- Episode 5, “You Reap What You Woe” (52-minute runtime)
- Episode 6, “Quid Pro Woe” (50-minute runtime)
- Episode 7, “If You Don’t Woe Me By Now” (47-minute runtime)
- Episode 1, “A Murder of Woes” (52-minute runtime)
- The Wednesday season 1 cast included Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Christina Ricci, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Percy Hines White, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer, Naomi J. Ogawa, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Victor Dorobantu, and Fred Armisen.
- Wednesday was created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and hailed from executive producer Tim Burton.
- The first season of Wednesday was rated TV-14 for fear, language, and violence.
- Wednesday season 1 broke the Netflix record for most hours viewed in a single week. In the first week, it raked in 341.23 million hours viewed, while in its second week, the show raked in 411.29 million hours viewed.
Wednesday season 2 latest news
For a while after the release of season 1, we hadn’t heard much about Wednesday season 2, but that all started to change once Netflix officially renewed the show for season 2 in January 2023. In the months that have followed the show’s renewal, there has been a lot of news coming out about plans for the second season including changes to the show’s direction.
We shared the latest news about Wednesday season 2 below:
- During the TUDUM Global Event on June 17, the cast reacted to some of the biggest fan theories including one that they were able to confirm was true: season 2 will introduce a new member of the Addams Family!
- Wednesday season 2 is happening as season 2 was ordered by Netflix in January 2023.
- Not only will Jenna Ortega be returning to reprise her role as Wednesday Addams in the second season, but Ortega will also be a producer on season 2 allowing her to have more say in the creative direction of her character and the show.
- If fans were hoping for a darker take on the Addams Family, it sounds like they’ll be getting their wish! Jenna Ortega has revealed season 2 will lean more into the horror elements of the show.
- Filming on season 2 was expected to begin in the fall, however, with the WGA and SAG union strikes filming has been delayed.
- Season 1 actor Percy Hynes White is reported to have been cut from the season 2 cast following sexual assault allegations.
Wednesday season 2 is happening
Wednesday season 2 is indeed happening! After breaking records and becoming a global hit, it was a no-brainer for Netflix to renew the series. Although it took Netflix longer than some expected to order the show’s second season, an official renewal was announced on Jan. 6, 2023, via Twitter as Netflix confirmed season 2 was happening!
Watching the Wednesday renewal announcement below:
Has the Wednesday season 2 release date been announced yet?
As of June 2023, no release date for Wednesday season 2 has been announced and it’s likely fans will have to wait some time before Netflix reveals when the second season of the Jenna Ortega-led drama will arrive.
Season 2 was ordered by Netflix in January 2023 and the plan seemed to be for the show to begin production sometime this fall. Due to the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes, it’s unclear when production might finally be able to commence but in taking a look back at the production timeline for season 1 we can estimate when season 2 could arrive.
Has Wednesday been affected by the Hollywood strikes?
Unfortunately, Wednesday is among the many shows that have been affected by the ongoing strikes from two of Hollywood’s biggest unions. The show’s first setback came when the writers’ strike began on May 2, 2023, the production was paused on the show as writers were unable to continue working on scripts.
On July 13, the actors began their own strike after also failing to reach a new deal with the studios. This means that not only can actors not work on projects, but they’re also unable to provide any updates or promote shows. As a result, we’re not likely to hear any updates from Jenna Ortega or the cast until after the actors’ strike ends.
Should the WGA strike by chance resolve before the SAG strike, the writers could resume work on the season; however, filming will not be able to begin until the SAG strike is resolved and actors are able to go back to work.
When is Wednesday season 2 coming out on Netflix? (PREDICTIONS)
Filming on the show’s first season began in September 2021 and wrapped around March 2022 before debuting in November. This means it took roughly seven months to film the show and another eight months before the show arrived in November. Should production on Wednesday season 2 begin this fall, then it’s possible we could be looking at a late 2024 premiere date for teh series.
Given how well the show performed in November, it seems likely Netflix might look to keep that momentum going by releasing the second season in November 2024. However, if filming is delayed beyond the fall, there is a strong chance the show’s return could be pushed back even further, possibly to 2025.
Release Prection: Late 2024
Has Wednesday season 2 begun filming?
In an interview with FOX SPORTS during the Spanish Grand Prix, Wednesday star Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed that the plan was to begin filming in Fall 2023. Although no specific month or date was provided, many have speculated the plan was to follow a production schedule to the show’s first season which entered production in September.
Due to the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes, production on most shows has been delayed including Wednesday as filming has yet to begin due to the strikes.
During a March appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show, Jenna Ortega revealed that a writers’ room had been launched for season 2 which means there is a chance that the writers had made a significant amount of progress on season 2’s scripts before the strike. However, no member of the show’s writing team has confirmed whether season 2 had been written before the WGA strike began.
Wednesday season 2 cast
Currently, the only actor who has been confirmed for Wednesday season 2 is Jenna Ortega, which isn’t surprising given Ortega plays the title character on the show. It’s also been hinted at heavily that Catherine Zeta-Jones will be back as Morticia Addams as Zeta-Jones has openly discussed season 2 plans which hint at her involvement.
As for the rest of the season 2 cast? In addition to Jenna Ortega and Catherine Zeta-Jones, here is a look at every season 1 cast member who might return for season 2:
- Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
- Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams
- Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams
- Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams
- Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester
- Gwendoline Christie as Principal Larissa Weems
- Jamie McShane as Sheriff Galpin
- Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin
- Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair
- Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay
Will Percy Hynes White be in Wednesday season 2?
According to reports out of Daily Mail, Percy Hynes White is reported to have been cut from the cast of Wednesday and will not be returning as Xavier Thorpe in Wednesday season 2. As Daily Mail reports, White has been cut from the cast following sexual assault allegations and is not expected to be returning next season.
“For Netflix to drop him from the show is a disgrace. It was just false rumors. It’s just not right,” one source told Daily Mail addressing the rumor.
At this time, Netflix has yet to comment on the reports that Hines has been cut from the cast and it’s unlikely the network will address the reports until after the strikes.
Will Gwendoline Christie be back for Wednesday season 2?
The status of Gwendoline Christie’s role in Wednesday season 2 remains a major source of curiosity among audiences, but Christie seems optimistic we haven’t seen the last of Principal Larissa Weems! In an interview with Digital Spy, Christie reminded audiences that we never saw her character put in the ground and that cheating death is most definitely not out of the question for the character:
“We haven’t seen her put in the ground, have we? I feel like Larissa Weems would not really be prepared to entertain or be dominated by anything as commonplace as death.
How many episodes are expected to be in Wednesday season 2
When announcing Wednesday season 2’s renewal, Netflix did not provide much information about the plans for the show’s second season; however, the running assumption is that the second season of Wednesday will consist of eight to ten episodes which is the standard episode order for Netflix dramas. Given season 1 consisted of eight episodes, it seems likely season 2 will also be eight episodes in length.
Wednesday season 2 might feature more of Catherine Zeta-Jones
There was a lot to love about Wednesday‘s first season, but one qualm some viewers had was that the first season didn’t feature enough screen time from the broader Addams family. Luckily it seems that might change in season 2 as there are reports Catherine Zeta-Jones will have a larger role as Morticia Addams in season 2!
In an interview with Variety, Wednesday costume designer Colleen Atwood seemed to suggest we’ll see more of Morticia next season when she revealed that we’re going to see the character get a lot of looks in season 2:
“In season 2 she’ll have a lot of looks, so it will be really fun to see what Morticia does when she’s out of the dress and into around-the-house looks.”
Could Wednesday season 2 be TV-MA?
The first season of Wednesday was rated TV-14 which means the show might not be suitable for children under 14. This rating was given to the show due to fear, language, and violence, incorporated across the show’s eight episodes. One would assume the creative team will look to maintain that rating in season 2; however, there is a chance the show’s age rating could change with season 2.
Jenna Ortega has teased that the show’s second season will look to ditch the show’s romantic elements and lean further into the horror genre. As she told Elle Fanning during Variety’s Actors and Actors series (which you can watch below):
“We’ve decided we want to lean into the horror aspect of the show a little bit more. Because it is so lighthearted, and a show like this with vampires and werewolves and superpowers, you don’t want to take yourself too seriously.”
Depending on how many changes come with the show’s shift to leaning more into the horror elements, there is a chance the show’s rating could go to TV-MA in season 2 which means the programs are intended to be viewed by mature, adult audiences and may be unsuitable for children under 17. However, it’s also possible the show will find a way to lean into horror while also maintaining its more teen-friendly TV-14 rating.
Are Percy Hynes White and Hunter Doohan leaving Wednesday?
The status of Wednesday season 1 actors Percy Hynes White and Hunter Doohan, who respectively play Xavier Thorpe and Tyler Galpin on the show, has been called into question after Jenna Ortega revealed plans for Wednesday season 2 to drop its romantic storylines.
“We’re ditching any romantic love interest for Wednesday, which is really great,” Ortega revealed during Variety’s Actors and Actors series, referring to the love triangle created between her character Wednesday and White and Doohan’s characters, Tyler and Xaiver — a love triangle Ortega has referred to in the past as making no sense for her character.
Should the show drop the romantic elements, there is a chance season 2 might not incorporate one or both of Wednesday’s romantic interests. Of course, there is also a chance they could return but the show will simply pivot away from further exploring any romantic connections between Wednesday and the characters.
What we do know at this time is Netflix has not officially confirmed whether or not Percy Hynes White and Hunter Doohan will return for season 2.
Is there a Wednesday season 2 trailer yet?
Because filming on Wednesday season 2 has not yet begun, there is no official trailer for the second season of Wednesday. We’re likely to get some teasers in the months once production begins on the second season, but new footage from the season isn’t expected to arrive until late 2023 at the soonest as the show is currently eyeing a fall 2023 start date for production — pending the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes.
Wednesday season 2 will introduce a new member of the Addams Family
The fan theories are true! Season 2 of Wednesday is going to introduce a new member of the Addams Family previously not seen in the show’s first season! It’s not yet known who the new character might be but many are excited at the potential of seeing Cousin Itt or Grandmama.
Wednesday Emmy nominations
It’s not often that a supernatural series such as Wednesday is able to break through at the Emmys, but the voters apparently also couldn’t get enough of Netflix’s hit series! When the nominations for the 75th Emmy Awards were announced, Wednesday ended up picking up a total of 12 Emmy nominations!
Of course, the highlight of the nominations was seeing Jenna Ortega nominated for her performance in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category and the show landing a nomination in the Outstanding Comedy race. Here’s a breakdown of every Emmy nomination Wednesday received:
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series – Jenna Ortega
- Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series – Tim Burton
- Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More)
- Outstanding Cinematography For A Series (One Hour)
- Outstanding Contemporary Costumes For A Series
- Outstanding Main Title Design
- Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)
- Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)
- Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or Variety Program
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Single Episode