Wednesday fans do not need to be concerned about the series disappearing from Netflix abruptly. New information appears to dispel all concerns about the blockbuster series leaving Netflix for another streaming service. Since Amazon acquired MGM, the studio behind Wednesday, in December, The Independent speculated that the series’ future will lie on Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming service, rather than Netflix. According to recent reports, the likelihood of Wednesday becoming a brand ambassador for Lisa Frank has increased.
What’s On Netflix conducted research, including speaking with unnamed industry sources, and decided that Wednesday’s future on the site is ultimately up to Netflix. To sum up: Wednesday, Netflix has the option to renew Season 2 on Netflix for a defined amount of time. That means the show will remain on Netflix so long as Netflix renews Wednesday inside that window. If Netflix allows that window to close, then it is likely that Amazon and Prime Video (or possibly Freevee, Amazon’s ad-supported streaming service) will control Wednesday’s destiny. Decider has reached out to Netflix for comment on the rumored departure of Wednesday to Amazon Prime Video.
Consider that, for the sake of argument, it would be absurd for Netflix not to renew Wednesday for Season 2 on Wednesday. The series smashed Netflix’s weekly record for the most hours watched, surpassing even Stranger Things. The series likely generated Netflix’s most viral trend of the year. Peter Friedlander, head of scripted series for Netflix in the United States and Canada, told Variety that he was “optimistic” about Wednesday.
Even if Netflix passes on Season 2 — which, as a reminder, was a massive success for them in Season 1 — it would be up to Amazon to decide whether or not to renew the series. And according to What’s On Netflix, even if Netflix decides to order Season 2 and the show transfers to Prime Video, Wednesday Season 1 will be available on Netflix for ten years after its premiere.
There is precedent for popular Netflix originals to leave the platform and find a new streaming home. Most notably, this occurred about a year ago with Netflix’s Marvel programs, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc. Wednesday presents a slightly different circumstance. MGM has not yet confirmed that it will produce exclusive Addams Family entertainment for Prime Video. This is what happened when Disney+ was launched and Marvel declared that they will produce original superhero shows for that streaming service, in direct rivalry with the then-current Marvel/Netflix productions. In February of last year, Disney reportedly spent a billion dollars for the streaming rights to these Marvel series in order to end their contract with Netflix and add them to Disney+. If Amazon wanted to take Wednesday from Netflix, they would likely have to pay a price.
Despite Amazon’s ownership of MGM, it appears that Netflix still has the right to renew Wednesday for a second season. And now that everything has been possibly resolved, we can all focus on what truly matters: honing our Wednesday dance routines.