Wednesday beat out Stranger Things to score the most viewing time in a single week for an English-language series on Netflix, accumulating more than 400 million hours in one week.
Fans have praised the show’s writing and Ortega’s performance as the sullen teenager, with many looking forward to what seems like an inevitable second season.
In spite of its huge success, however, Wednesday hasn’t yet been renewed by Netflix for a second series. The show’s popularity all but guarantees that one will happen, but the question is: where?
Netflix will be keen to keep Wednesday on its platform, but the streamer might not have a choice in the matter due to the fact the series is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) product.
As reported by Deadline last year, Amazon and MGM closed an $8.5bn (£7.06bn) merger – meaning the rights to Wednesday may go with it.
This led some fans to speculate that season two could premiere on Amazon’s streaming giant, Prime Video, rather than on Netflix. However, Amazon has previously stated it is not planning to make all MGM content exclusive to Prime Video, as per Deadline.
However, new reports have since suggested that there won’t be a problem for Netflix when it comes to Wednesday season two.
A source “with knowledge of the situation” told IndieWire that a deal was reached between Netflix and MGM regarding Wednesday before the Amazon deal was even made with the studio.
The Independent has contacted a representative of Netflix for comment.
Despite no renewal announcement, producers of the series are reportedly already in the process of scouting filming locations and securing writers for the new season.
As to the question of what a second season may look like, Ortega, 20, has previously voiced her wishes that Wednesday be bisexual, noting that the character and her roommate Enid (Emma Myers) would be a couple in a perfect world.
Many fans of the series agree, meaning that season two could shed more light on Wednesday’s romantic relationships.
Speaking about Wednesday, Christina Ricci – who played the character in the Nineties and also stars in the recent spin-off as a teacher – said that “today’s young people deserve to have their own version of Wednesday”.
Wednesday is on Netflix now.
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