Netflix is looking to expand the Addams Family. After the breakout success of Wednesday, an Uncle Fester series is in the works. According to Variety, Netflix and MGM Television are planning a spin-off of the show Wednesday that will shift its focus to Fester, played by SNL alum Fred Armisen.
Armisen’s casting came as a surprise when it was unveiled in October 2022 during a trailer teaser release. He joined the Addams family, which also featured Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams.
Of course, Armisen initially gained fame through his sketch comedy roles in Saturday Night Live and Portlandia. In recent years, he has made notable appearances on television shows such as Parks and Recreation, Barry, History of the World, Part II, What We Do in the Shadows, The Kids in the Hall, and Our Flag Means Death.
Uncle Fester stands as an iconic character within the Addams Family, known for his distinctive appearance: bald, hunched stature, sunken eyes, and a sinister grin. Notably, he possesses the uncanny ability to generate electricity, often showcased by placing a lightbulb in his mouth and illuminating it.
Jackie Coogan portrayed Uncle Fester in the original Addams Family series. The show aired on ABC between 1964-66 and has been in syndication ever since, gaining generations of fans. Meanwhile, Christopher Lloyd took on the role in the two feature films released in 1991 and 1993.
Fred Armisen joined the Addams Family in the Seventh Episode of ‘Wednesday’
Armisen first appeared as Uncle Fester in Wednesday Episode 7, “If You Don’t Woe Me by Now.” Armisen shed light on his casting in a Netflix piece on the series, saying: “It doesn’t happen that often, but it was a real case of, ‘Oh, I’m the guy for this. This is something that I would really love to do.’ ”
The inaugural season of this immensely popular horror comedy series, comprising eight episodes, initially premiered on Netflix in November of 2022.
Filmed in Romania from September 2021 to March 2022, it quickly shattered numerous streaming records, including the highest number of hours viewed for an English language series within its debut week, totaling an astonishing 341 million hours. This resounding success led to the show’s renewal for a highly anticipated second season in January. Wednesday Season 2 is relocating production from Romania to Ireland, with shooting tentatively set to commence in April.
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