Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some news from the world of television and the show I’ll be talking about is Constantine. Now this show has only had been airing for a little while, but there is already talk of its future not being completely set in stone, and that troubles me. The following information comes from IGN:
Like most new series, Constantine received an initial order for 13 episodes, with the hopes of getting the “back nine” order that would bring it to a full 22-episode season. That isn’t going to happen, as Deadline is reporting NBC has decided to not order any more episodes of the show for this season. However, unlike most new shows who fail to get a back nine order and are essentially being simultaneously cancelled — including NBC’s own Bad Judge and A to Z just recently — the final fate of Constantine has not been decided.
The main difference is that Constantine debuted a few weeks later than most fall series, in late October, so the network only has five episodes of ratings to look at, even as the show is nearing completion of production on its first thirteen episodes – meaning a decision on the back nine had to be made now. Constantine has certainly had its struggles since it debuted, unable to bring in the same number of viewers at its successful NBC lead-in on Friday nights, Grimm. But the latest episode did have an encouraging +38% uptick in the ratings.
Showrunner Daniel Cerone tweeted the following, after the news broke.
Deadline also notes NBC has continued to promote Constantine, including using their sister channel Syfy to air a four-episode catch up marathon this week and scheduling the cast to appear at this week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade broadcast. Ultimately, it seems Constantine’s future will be decided by how the remaining eight episodes do, with the final decision likely held until May.
With three more scheduled for this year, there will still be five Constantine episodes left to air in early 2015, but the question then will be what NBC schedules in its timeslot on Fridays after those episodes finish up.
Well this is troublesome, Constantine is a good show, I would go as far as to say it is a great show. I did a post on how much I liked the show and now the show’s future is in jeopardy, and that sucks. First Community, then Hannibal and now this show. This is terrible news. While it would be good to have a full 22 episode season so we could explore more stories and characters from the comics, at the same time, 13 episodes means that there would be a more concise and focused overall story. Now I here are some of the reasons why this show hasn’t been doing so well:
- It is on the wrong TV station: People have stated that if this show were on another TV show then it would potentially get treated better and get more exposure.
- The promotion and advertising given is pants: Unless you’ve been an avid fan of the source material, you probably wouldn’t have been aware that this sho had even begun. I’ve heard from a lot of people that they’ve caught this show a lot later after its initial airdate, I am one of them too, not watching until around episode 3. Point is, there has been no proper marketing for this show, NBC haven’t been pushing this show like Grimm and its like they are not giving the show the attention that it deserves to grow.
- The show’s too PC and needs be more hardcore: I’ve heard from some fans that this show is light on certain details that make John Constantine who he is as well as some other things. Some people have argued that this show isn’t meant to be mainstream and is more along the lines of cable TV and that this show would be better treated on HBO or AMC because there would be less limitations about what the filmmakers could show in terms of the violence and adult features.
So now, we at least have 13 episodes. However the show doesn’t have a definite confirmed second season and that troubles me, I don’t want to get into this show only for it to never come back. That’s happened too much in the last year, please God, not again with this show. I can only hope that the ratings improve and that the critical response saves this show from death, either that or the show gets picked up by another TV network. Either way, this show has to go on and it CAN NOT end after the first season. That just CAN’T happen. I like it too much for it to fall. So I will spread the work and if you’re a fan you should too, keep this show alive and let’s make sure it lasts at least 2 or 3 more seasons.