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Whatever Happened To The Adult Wednesday Addams YouTube Series?

On August 17, Netflix premiered a new trailer for the upcoming "Wednesday Addams," a TV series produced and directed by Tim Burton. As its title suggests, "Wednesday Addams" is the latest in the multimedia "Addams Family" franchise, with a focus on goth teenager Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) as its protagonist.

Wednesday Addams has gone through numerous incarnations, originating in the "Addams Family" comic strip like the rest of the Addams Family. Lisa Loring was the first actor to portray the character, in the 1960s sitcom that marked the first of many adaptations of its core cast of characters. Perhaps the most notable actor to appear on-screen as Wednesday is Christina Ricci, who played the character in the 1991 "The Addams Family" film in one of her very first acting roles.

Some viewers might associate the character more closely with writer and performer Melissa Hunter, whose recent writing credits include series like "Santa Clarita Diet" and "Close Enough." Prior to her work on those two shows, Hunter created and starred in a YouTube web series titled "Adult Wednesday Addams," consisting of short scenes of the iconic "Addams Family" character as an adult. At the moment, however, "Adult Wednesday Addams" is no longer available on Hunter's YouTube channel where it originated.

Melissa Hunter received a cease and desist letter from the Addams Family copyright holders

"Adult Wednesday Addams" creator Melissa Hunter revealed just what happened to her YouTube series in an interview with Buzzfeed. As it turns out, Hunter was compelled to remove the series from her channel after receiving a cease and desist letter from the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation, which owns the "Addams Family" copyright.

"I have the right to counter-claim the videos and get them back up, and YouTube would probably do that, but the problem is that escalates the issue and could lead to a lawsuit," Hunter said. "I'm such a fan, and that's why I made this series in the first place, because I think Wednesday Addams is such a fun, vibrant hero, especially for women. But as of now, the series is unfortunately done."

Hunter also happened to mention that, whereas her web series became the target of a copyright claim, an adult film parody based on her work remains online, as do unofficially-uploaded videos of "Adult Wednesday Addams" episodes.

In an interview with Mike Elder on his YouTube series Box Angeles, Hunter described Wednesday Addams as a part of her childhood identity, and "Adult Wednesday Addams" as a project she spearheaded in order to put something out that was entirely hers. Fortunately for anyone interested still interested in Hunter's passion project, though it may be over, past episodes, hosted on Vimeo, are still viewable on Hunter's personal website.