Wednesday will no doubt be getting a second season — but it’s a Netflix success story that we might regret

Doh do you hear that? That distant popping sound? It’s the sound of Netflix bosses cracking open the champagne. That was announced on Tuesday Wednesday, the streamer series based on the Addams Family character, had become quite a hit. It has been surpassed, according to data released by Netflix stranger things‘s record as the platform’s most-watched title of all time in a single week. Those results claimed that the show had been streamed a total of 341.2 million hours after just seven days. Brilliant news for those involved with the show, but not great for the future of the small screen.

Wednesday is perfectly usable television. It’s an upbeat soundtrack (Danny Elfman), indelibly costumed (Colleen Atwood) and excellently cast (John Pasidera and Sophie Holland) – without the captivating lead, Jenna Ortega, Wednesday risked becoming as boring as a dreary Monday. But even with Ortega, it can’t escape certain trappings, namely the fact that it’s essentially Gen-Z Addams Family Riverdale. For a show about a revered mad sniper who’s been making Halloween costumes everywhere since 1992, Wednesday It lacks bite, and since its release, more than three people have told me it’s decent “backdrop” TV.

Suddenly those 341.2 million hours make sense.

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However, the mediocre quality of Wednesday is not what bothers me. I’m more worried about his success and the implications those numbers will have going forward. Wednesday’s popularity – the level of which is unprecedented – could be detrimental to the green light procedure for new shows. In other words, original ideas could be pushed all the way down.

Shortly after those champagne bottles are corked – enjoy them; You are well deserved – there will be a meeting of spirits on how best to mimic Wednesday‘s ratings drag. The obvious conclusion will be to scour existing film franchises for characters with series potential of their own. No idea will be a bad one when anything and everything is thrown at the wall: begina prequel chronicling the early days in the life of The Prince’s Bride‘s fencing master Inigio Montoya would be an option. Farbissina, a series chronicling the rise of Dr. Evil’s henchman from Austin Powers examined from woman to woman is released. Maybe Shrek‘s Lord Farquaad is being considered for a spin-off treatment, eight episodes exploring how the little villain came to despise fairytale characters. (I don’t know why, but I’m thinking of Tom Hollander for the role.)

Much of this is credited to Tim Burton Wednesday‘s Triumph, which is a bit unfair considering he only directed four episodes. The minds behind the series are Kleinville Duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. But it certainly feels like Burton has found a new home after cutting ties with Disney in October. His back catalog will no doubt be read. if Lydiaa series catching up to Winona Ryders’ Lydia Deetz bug juice (I would watch) gets kicked out too Wednesday-lite, a series based on Edward with the scissor hands Habit. Writers everywhere will be working feverishly to answer the long-asked question, “How exactly does he go to the bathroom?” Or maybe Burton is teaming up with proven Netflix master Ryan Murphy for one feud-Style Ed Wood Spin-off based on the life of Dracula actor Bela Lugosi. David Harbor should definitely expect a call.

Through Wednesdayevery character from anything with even a shred of fan base is put in the spotlight, with audience potential ruthlessly maxed out by the pundits. This performance is all the more disappointing considering the current state of cinema. With virtually every tentpole release being reserved for a sequel, prequel, or spin-off, originality is increasingly being repressed in favor of existing IP. Fortunately, television can provide a home for the untested, more left-wing ideas, with writers being able to use their episode count in imaginative ways to introduce new worlds, characters, and situations.

“Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega, has proven to be a smash hit for Netflix


But Netflix, which tends to swing the ax on ambitious projects when not enough people are watching, is clearly operating on an “if it ain’t broke” method. This means WednesdayBig hit status will be an unintended nail in the coffin for originality. While it may seem like an affair of the heart for those involved, the success of Wednesday is one that television fans, let alone working writers with refreshing ideas, could rue for years. Wednesday will no doubt be getting a second season — but it’s a Netflix success story that we might regret


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