Howdy people of the internet and welcome to another blog post. Today is a sad day as it has been confirmed for sure that NBC’s Constantine show has been canned and I’m gutted. I know I made a post a little while ago about who could pick up the show if NBC never renewed it, but unfortunately NBC gave up and no one else took interest and the show’s officially dead. I know it’s not a big deal for a lot of people, but for I’m truly saddened by this result.
So here’s the official story I read on ComicBookMovie:
“Constantine never really had a chance. Between a noticeable lack of promotion and an awful time slot, it quickly became clear that it wasn’t going to be a hit for NBC or Warner Bros. When the former decided not to move ahead with a second season, there was talk of it ending up elsewhere (Arrow‘s Stephen Amell even offered to guest star), but The CW decided against it, and so did everyone else by the sound of it. Executive producer Daniel Cerone weighs in on the death of the series below, but here’s hoping we’ll see Matt Ryan reprise the role elsewhere, eh? We’ll see…”
I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good. The cast and writers of Constantine are being released from their contracts. The studio tried to find a new home for the show, for which we’re forever grateful, but those efforts didn’t pan out. I’m sorry, I wasn’t provided any information on the attempts to sell the show elsewhere. All I can report is that the show is over.
Many ingredients went into this TV series. From the dedicated cast that breathed these characters to life, led by Matt Ryan as the comic-made-flesh embodiment of John Constantine, to the exceptionality talented crew that put unreal images on screen, to the original Hellblazer writers and artists who gifted us a universe.
As a general principle, writers don’t choose a writing career to achieve stardom. Whatever demons or insecurities drove them to find freedom of expression through written words generally keeps writers comfortably obscure behind their words. Nor do people choose writing as a means to financial freedom. I’d venture to guess that most who set out to write professionally never receive a paycheck for their hopeful scribbles or key strokes.
In fact, nobody I know ever chose a writing career — it chose them. You write because that’s what you do. Like breathing, it just happens and you have to do it and you just hope that someday somebody out there notices what you’re trying to say.
If that’s the dream of writers, than the writers of Constantine lived the dream, because we’re leaving behind wild and passionate fans who believe in and were moved by what we tried to do. To leave such a significant, dedicated and active fan base on the table — that’s the real sadness. You all deserve many years of the series we set out to make, and we’re disappointed that we couldn’t deliver that to you. The good news is that Constantine will live on for years in many more forms. But our time as caretakers has ended.
Thank you for letting us in.
All I can say is that I appreciate Mr. Cerone thoughts on the show’s demise, it sounded like a heartfelt response and it seemed like he was heavily invested in this show just as much as the cast were. Unfortunately it looks like the TV gods did not look too kindly upon this show in the end. I know the show wasn’t in the best of places from the beginning with the terrible time slot, poor-ass promotion and less than stellar early episode reviews. But I gave the show a good rating in my overview of the show in November (I think I was around 3 or 4 episodes in) and in my opinion the show got a lot better, especially in the final 3 episodes. There was a lot of potential for a second season, but unfortunately NBC suck and don’t like to hang on to good or at least decent shows. I had hoped another network would pick it up like Sy-Fy, but nope (thought I’m glad it didn’t get touched by CW, that would have watered the show down SO much). It really sucks that Netflix and Amazon didn’t pick it up either, those 2 places were my main hopes. Could you imagine the kind of awesome madness and adult treatment the show could have gotten on Netflix (especially considering how well Marvel’s Daredevil turned out)? I guess that’s just a dream now.
In the end Constantine‘s cancellation probably won’t affect a lot of people and a good few fans didn’t like the way handled the source material, but this show did have its fans, it did get better and there was a lot potential for future seasons. But it is dead now and I will be disappointed for a good few days. So lame.