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Showrunner Says NBC’s Constantine Is Not Officially Cancelled, but a “Long Shot”

Constantine still has some demons to slay.


There’s been a lot of back-and-forth about the fate of NBC’s Constantine, and fans need to know what’s going on! Well, we’re at least a teeny bit closer to knowing what’s up one way or the other. Constantine showrunner, Daniel Cerone, recently confirmed with Comic Book Resources that our favorite Master of the Dark Arts still has some life in him yet:

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 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.

I’ve been watching Constantine, but it wasn’t an easy sell at first. Full disclosure: I’ve never been a Hellblazer fan. I love the character of John Constantine, but always in other characters’ books. So, in the beginning of the show, with filmed episodes being aired out of order and casting changes and all that—basically, with Constantine himself being the only thing we could rely on—I couldn’t get fully into it.

But I stuck with it, because I saw the potential. The stories were just interesting enough to keep me coming back in the hope that the show would find its feet, and I think it’s starting to. Constantine has become more of an ensemble show, with Manny (Harold Perrineau), Zed, (Angélica Celaya), and Chaz (Charles Halford) taking more of an active role, the stories have become more complex; more about the characters and their relationships to each other and their pasts, rather than simply the monsters-of-the-week. I’ve been diggin’ it.

What do you think? Do you want to see Constantine Season 2?

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