On Thursday, it was announced that Burton’s live-action Addams Family show has been given a straight-to-series, eight-episode order by the streaming platform. Titled Wednesday, the coming-of-age comedy was written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. Wednesday will not only mark the big return of the beloved family but Burton’s first live-action show and his TV directing debut as well.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the series is described as “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.”
Rumblings about the show first started back in October. “When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch for Wednesday we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts. They nailed the tone, the spirit and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story,” Netflix’s Director of Original Series, Teddy Biaselli, said in a statement per Deadline. “We then got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series.”