Production halted on CONSTANTINE, tipping towards the abyss

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Everyone has a favourite show that got canned far too early. Many hold up Firefly as the best example of this but personally I will always miss Luck, the amazing racing drama that was just too hard on its horses. Now we may soon add another one to that sad pile: the Hellblazer-inspired Constantine. Deadline writes:

NBC had to make a decision whether to keep Constantine in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven, which is the norm for freshman series.

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So the show is not yet canceled, but NBC wants to see if it will be worth investing in for a second season. Constantine has a chance to be something different to the current comic book-inspired stuff on TV, pumping some Vertigo blood into the TV world and introducing some of DC’s edgier characters, such as The Spectre. If you haven’t seen it yet, Constantine was going after Supernatural territory, but with far more angels and demons in the mix and a great, glib protagonist in the form of a chain-smoking cockney sorcerer. How this could fail but vapid crap like Grimm lives on is a big mystery.

Hopefully the ratings will jump, as they seem to be at the moment. But network television, especially the likes of NBC, are all about really big ratings and maybe Constantine is int he wrong place. Ratings expectations for shows like The Flash and Arrow are much lower on CW. There is also the problem of how Season 1 will end and whether the story can rebound if a second season is greenlighted. We can also only hope the actors don;t find other jobs in the meantime.

So hold thumbs that Constantine survives the chop and lives on.

Last Updated: November 25, 2014

James

A total movie glutton, nothing is too bad or too obscure to watch, unless it's something like The Human Centipede. If you enjoyed that, there is something wrong with you. But bless you anyway - even video nasties need love...

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