Netflix wanted to cut Wednesday’s darkest lines, but creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough refused and succeeded in keeping them in the final cut.
The creators of the series Wednesday reveal that Netflix wanted them to cut some of Wednesday’s darkest lines, but they were able to salvage them for the final cut. The latest Addams Family-related reboot is the first to feature titular character Wednesday Addams (depicted by Jenna Ortega) as the main lead. The show became available for streaming on November 23 and currently holds Netflix’s record of most hours viewed in a week for an English-language series.
Creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough share with IndieWire that Netflix asked them to consider cutting Wednesday’s darkest lines, but they refused and successfully made their case. Quips like “I do like stabbing. The social part, not so much,” made executives uneasy, according to the co-creators. Millar and Gough argued that the character’s macabre humor is at the essence of who she is, and ultimately the lines stayed. Millar explains:
That’s the whole point of the character. To lose that or dilute that is a betrayal of the character.
Why Wednesday’s Dark Humor Is Crucial To Her Character
The distinctly dark humor has long been crucial to Wednesday’s character for all versions. Without her gothic nature and sadistic tendencies, the character would be virtually unrecognizable. Furthermore, audiences and critics agree that the show’s delightful one-liners are part of what sold Ortega’s Wednesday. While Wednesday received mixed reviews for the execution of its story, Ortega’s performance has received unanimous praise and approval. Ortega was able to set herself apart in the repeatedly rebooted role through her charisma and spot-on deadpan delivery. If she wasn’t able to issue a few dark one-liners, then Ortega’s Wednesday would hardly look like the character fans know and love.
In addition to being crucial to the character herself, Wednesday’s macabre humor is crucial to the show overall and its balance of horror, comedy, and teen drama. By keeping the tone playful but appropriately in line with the ominous mood, the show is able to appeal to a large viewership base. Wednesday achieves a difficult but desired status: edgy enough to attract teens and young adults, but also make for good family viewing, not unlike other productions by director and executive producer Tim Burton.
Hopefully, viewers will get to imbibe more of Wednesday’s iconic lines in another season. Millar and Gough are on board and have disclosed that they’ve already mapped it out; Netflix has yet to announce whether their plans will come to fruition. The daughter of the Addams family is an undeniably iconic figure; every Halloween, people are bound to see someone in her characteristic black dress, white collar, and braided pigtails, which have been constant in every iteration. What makes this version stand out is of course Ortega’s take, and she’s even joined by Wednesday veteran Christina Ricci (who portrays Ms. Thornhill), making this series all the more special.
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