It’s no doubt that Wednesday has been a smash-hit for Netflix, consistently ranking within the top-10 list for weeks since its release. News of a renewal for a second season, however, looms in the background, and little has been heard.
It’s now clear that there may be a reason for this, and it doesn’t look good for Netflix.
The show, which stars Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, is a spin-off of the original The Addams Family movie, which is a fan-favourite among many. Despite the series success, in fact, it’s one of Netflix’s most popular shows, there is yet to be news that the show has been renewed for a second season.
There’s a big reason for this, however. Last year, it was announced that Amazon had acquired Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in a deal worth $8.5bn (£7.06bn). The issue arises in the fact that MGM owns the rights to The Addams Family and thus, also owns the rights to Wednesday.
With the acquisition also go the rights to Wednesday and, despite the fact that Amazon have publicly announced that they have no intention of making MGM content a Prime Video exclusive, the show may move to Prime Video if it is renewed for a second season.
Netflix will be keen to keep the series on their platform given its success since the release, but it’s entirely possible that Amazon will want a slice of the action and may, in a bid to increase their viewership, move the series to Prime Video as an exclusive.
All hope is not lost, however, and theoretically, Netflix could purchase the rights to season two of Wednesday, whether they will do this or not, however, is currently unknown.
You can watch season one of Wednesday on Netflix, here.