DC Comics’ chain smoking magic wielder/con-man enjoyed his first season on NBC’s Constantine. Since the season finale came to a close, rumors have spread about the show’s demise. At the moment though, there’s still a 50/50 chance this live action comic book show will come back or be gone for good.
Early rumors surrounding the show’s move to SyFy and being renamed Hellblazer turned out be untrue, and were followed by false reports that the show is already canceled. Now the fate of the series appears to be hinging on the producers’ pitch to NBC on April 27 for a second season. It’s expected that the network will go over their final decision following the pitch meeting, and reach a verdict sometime in May.
While some already think the show’s end is near, a little piece of hope arrived in some much needed info. Constantine showrunner Daniel Cerone spoke with ComicBook.com about everything he’s heard from NBC thus far:
I just received confirmation from the corporate offices at NBC. I was assured that Constantine has not been canceled and our pitch meeting to discuss a potential second season remains on the books. By the way, this is a pitch meeting involving the president of Warner Bros and the entertainment heads of NBC. Nobody at this incredibly busy time of the development season has time to waste taking pointless meetings.
Now, is it fair to say that Constantine is a long shot? Sure, that’s fair to say. While we marginally improved a tough time slot for NBC, we’re a very expensive show to produce. A lot of NBC’s decision making will not doubt hinge on their new pilots and how they feel those new shows would fare as a companion piece to Grimm, versus a second season of Constantine.
For those of you out there who want some more guardian angel and voodoo priest action, keep that #SaveConstantine social media movement going. Stay tuned for an update on whether or not Constantine will return to prime time TV.