Wednesday: Jenna Ortega, Tim Burton Offer Inside Look At Character

Last week brought a new set of preview images and a horrifically wonderful teaser for Miles Millar, Al GoughTim Burton's Jenna Ortega (Wednesday Addams), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Morticia Addams), Luis Guzmán (Gomez Addams), and Isaac Ordonez (Pugsley)-starring Wednesday. This week, we're getting to hear from two of the show's main players about what viewers need to know about the title character of "The Addams Family" spinoff series.

Wednesday Official Teaser:
Wednesday. (L to R) Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams in episode 101 of Wednesday. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

In the following featurette, Ortega and Burton do a deep dive into what makes Wednesday tick and how the mysteries of Nevermore Academy might just be the things she needs to learn more about herself:

With the series set to hit screens in Fall 2022, here's a look at the previously-released official teaser for Netflix's Wednesday:

The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams' years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday's attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.

Gwendoline Christie (The Sandman, Game of Thrones), Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets), Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Another Period), Jamie McShane (Mank, Bloodline), Hunter Doohan (Your Honor, Truth Be Told), Georgie Farmer (Treadstone, The Evermoor Chronicles), Moosa Mostafa (Nativity Rocks!, The Last Bus), Emma Myers (Girl in the Basement, Taste of Christmas), Naomi J. Ogawa (Skylines), Joy Sunday (Dear White People, The Beta Test), and Percy Hynes White (The Gifted, Pretty Hard Cases) are also starring. In addition, Victor Dorobantu (Thing), and George Burcea (Lurch) are on board to round out the cast.

Created by Al Gough and Miles Millar, the series finds Wednesday attempting to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore. Andrew Mittman for 1.21 (The Addams Family, Alphas), Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation), Kayla Alpert (Code Black, Up All Night), Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania (RESPECT, Addams Family 2) & Gail Berman (The Addams Family, Alphas) are also part of the production team. Award-winning composer, singer & songwriter Danny Elfman (Batman, Edward Scissorhands) will compose the score and pen the series theme.

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Wednesday. Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday. Cr. Matthias Clamer/Netflix © 2022

Millar and Gough offered fans some additional intel on "The Addams Family" spinoff series (for example, Burton is directing four of the series' eight episodes) during the duo's in-depth interview with Vanity Fair:

Burton Wanted Gomez to Have That "Addams Look":

"He [Burton] wanted the silhouette to look more like the Charles Addams cartoons, which is Gomez shorter than Morticia, versus the kind of suave Raul Julia version in the movies."- Gough

"He's [Guzman's Gomez] also incredibly debonair and romantic, and I think he has all those classic ingredients of the Gomez that has come before, but he brings something also very different and new."- Millar

Millar, Gough & Burton Wanted the Netflix Series to Stand on Its Own: "That's something that was very important to the show—that it didn't feel like a remake or a reboot. It's something that lives within the Venn diagram of what happened before, but it's its own thing. It's not trying to be the movies or the '60s TV show. That was very important to us and very important to Tim."- Millar

On What Attracted Burton to the Project: "He was interested in where it was going, the mystery of the show. He had a lot of questions about the previous television work we'd done, like how we were able to achieve it. He really loved that you had time to be with Wednesday and explore the character, and you didn't have to, you know, wrap things up in an hour and 45 minutes."- Gough

Expect the Wednesday/Morticia Dynamic to Be Examined: "The relationship that kind of hangs over the season is really Wednesday's relationship with Morticia. How do you step out of the shadow of a mother as glamorous as Morticia?"- Gough

Gough on Wednesday's "Kryptonite": "Wednesday's not scared of sharks or creepy crawlies or anything, but she's afraid of emotion. Their overt displays of affection drive Wednesday crazy."

Only Wednesday Is Allowed to "Torture" Pugsley, So Bullies? You've Been Warned…: "She's allowed to torture him. Nobody else is. That's the difference. She will defend him to the end against bullies or anything else, but she has license to do what she wants. She's very protective of him in a very Wednesday way."- Millar

So What About Uncle Fester? "We have no comment on Uncle Fester. Watch the show."- Gough (not revealing where he is or who will be portraying the popular character).

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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