The series stars Jenna Ortega as the titular Addams and will focus on her high school years. The coming-of-age comedy was written by Kleinville Creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. The series also stars Gwendoline Christie, Jamie McShane, Percy Hynes White, Hunter Doohan, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Naomi J. Ogawa, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer and Riki Lindhome. Christina Ricci, who played Addams most notably on Wednesdays in 1991 Addams family Film and its 1993 sequel, is also in the series and stars a character named Marilyn Thornhill.
A departure from the usual approach to The Addams Family, the series will not focus on the family but rather on Wednesdays at school, though the family will have guest roles. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán and Isaac Ordonez play Morticia, Gomez and Pugsley Addams.
“Wednesday is currently a teenager and we’ve never seen her as a teenager. Her scathing, snide remarks might not sound all that charming coming from someone who probably should know better than a 10-year-old girl. It was a balancing act,” explains Ortega. “We didn’t want to make her sound like any other teenage girl, but we didn’t want to make her too ignorant either. And we’ve never seen her on screen so often. Every other time you’ve watched Wednesday, she was the one-liner, the end of a joke, she always hits it, and I think that’s what people really love about her. But on this show, every scene is Wednesday. There’s an opportunity to give her a little bit more dimension and she becomes a little bit more of a real person, which I don’t think we’ve seen before.”
Executive Produced by Burton Wednesday with Gough and Millar serving as showrunners. The studio is MGM Television.
The Addams Family began as a comic strip by cartoonist Charles Addams. The comic was first published by The New Yorker in 1938 and ran for over 50 years. The comic was adapted into a sitcom in 1964 and later into two live-action films in the 1990s. There have been both live-action and animated TV reboots and a Broadway musical. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has recently released two animated Addams Family films.