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A strikingly vampire-like Catherine Zeta-Jones lights up Wednesday in new Addams Family spin-off series

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Gothic giggles and glamour: A strikingly vampire-like Catherine Zeta-Jones lights up Wednesday, the insanely funny new Addams Family spin-off series

WEDNESDAY

NETFLIX, NOVEMBER

With jet black hair that falls all the way down her back and a fitted ebony dress that seems to sparkle in the dark, Catherine Zeta-Jones exudes gothic glamor in Wednesday, the latest creepy comedy series based on the creepy Addams Family.

The Oscar-winning actress steals her scenes as matriarch Morticia, but insists the show is really about the title character. “Jenna Ortega will be brilliant as Addams’ daughter on Wednesday,” says Catherine. “The character has a wonderfully dry sense of humor and Jenna brings her own inherently dry sense of humor to the role.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia with Luis Guzmán as Gomez in the latest creepy comedy series based on the Addams Family

California-born Stuck In The Middle star Jenna, 19, acknowledged that the role is the biggest opportunity of her career to date and pulled out all the stops.

“I was taking fencing and cello lessons when I found out Wednesday is doing both at school, and I also thought her walking was important,” says Jenna. “I wanted her to be assertive in the way she moves, so I spent months perfecting it to the point where it became second nature.”

Wednesday and other key members of the Addams family — Morticia, her husband Gomez and son Pugsley — first appeared as a cartoon in an American magazine in the 1930s before hitting the screen.

A 1960s TV series turned out to be a hit, as did the 1991 film The Addams Family, which starred Christina Ricci on Wednesday.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday.  The new eight-part series is set in both the family's haunted mansion and the Nevermore Academy where Wednesday now studies.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday. The new eight-part series is set in both the family’s haunted mansion and the Nevermore Academy where Wednesday now studies.

The new eight-part series is set in both the family’s haunted mansion and the Nevermore Academy where Wednesday is now studying after an unfortunate incident at her previous school.

“She was expelled from school after dropping piranhas into the water polo pool while the older boys were playing,” says Jenna.

Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie is cast as Larissa Weems, the director of Nevermore, with an emphasis on comedy as much as horror.

“You must be the self-proclaimed queen bee,” a classmate told a classmate on Wednesday. ‘But you know the interesting thing about bees? If you take their sting out, they’ll drop dead.’ She also tries to thwart a killing spree that is terrorizing the city.

The show is directed by Tim Burton, the king of weird and wonderful, who believes viewers will be mesmerized by Jenna’s performance.

“The way she conveys things without words reminds me of a brilliant silent film actress,” says Tim. “Wednesday is very much her own person, seeing things in black and white – mostly black!

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