Constantine TV Show Is Dead as Search for New Home Fails
Last month, NBC officially canceled the first-year series Constantine, which was expected since the network didn't issue a back-nine order for the show earlier this year. We also reported last month that the show's producers were searching for a new home, including cable networks such as Syfy. Earlier today, executive producer Daniel Cerone revealed on his Twitter page that the show is officially dead, as the cast and crew have been released from their contracts. Take a look at his full statement:
"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, [then] 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. Daniel Cerone"
Constantine starred Matt Ryan as John Constantine, with the supporting cast rounded out by Harold Perrineau, Angélica Celaya, Charles Halford, Michael James Shaw, Jonjo O'Neill, Jeremy Davies, Claire van der Boom, Emmet Scanlan and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The show averaged 3.34 million viewers per episode, although it debuted with 4.2 million viewers when it premiered in late October. Are you upset that Constantine will not be coming back on the air? Chime in with your thoughts below.