Despite a report that it could be in danger of leaving the streamer, a deal was struck a long time ago between Netflix and MGM.
Happy Tuesday: We have good news for “Wednesday”.
On Monday (we know, a lot of days here), The Independent reported that Netflix’s hit Addams Family spin-off Wednesday could be leaving the streaming giant in favor of an Amazon property, likely Prime Video, for Season 2. That’s us here to reassure fans that the idea is about as far-fetched as a severed hand guiding itself around.
The “Wednesday” deal between Netflix and MGM was finalized well before Amazon bought MGM, a person with knowledge of the situation told IndieWire for the story.
Netflix and Amazon officials did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.
Obviously, a jumpship from one linear TV network to another, or from one streamer to another, isn’t entirely unprecedented, even in the case of a successful show. And yes, Amazon finalized its deal to acquire MGM for $8.5 billion last spring, and it will look to make the most of its entire content library in ways not previously leveraged. The Independent story even notes that Amazon was willing to explore whether MGM content shouldn’t be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video, implying that even if Amazon had some leverage, it could still have a home on Netflix.
Much of the hand-wringing has to do with the fact that Netflix has yet to renew “Wednesday,” though showrunners are already scouting locations and planning a second season. But none of these factors should cause you to jump to conclusions.
In its first 28 days, Season 1 of Wednesday had 1.237 billion hours of streaming, making it the second only English-language TV series of all time on Netflix, behind Stranger Things 4. “Squid Game” would be the non-English language series, eclipsing both with 1.6 billion hours watched. “Wednesday” has already spent five weeks at No. 1 since its debut in late November, having taken the title from “Monster – Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”.
Jenna Ortega plays the role of Wednesday Addams in the spinoff series from creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and director Tim Burton. The series also stars Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, and Christina Ricci, who played the role of Wednesday Addams in the ’90s.
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