The last gasps of breath for ‘Constantine’ ran out this week after the writers and actors from the short lived series were released from their contracts…
Despite the best efforts of the studio and show runner Daniel Cerone, ‘Constantine’ has officially been declared dead after originally being canceled by NBC a few weeks ago.
The show was produced by Warner Bros. Television and after NBC decided to cancel the series after a shortened 13-episode first season, the studio attempted to move the show to another network.
Unfortunately no one was biting and Cerone announced via Twitter that ‘Constantine’ will not be returning.
“I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good,” Cerone wrote. “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.”
‘Constantine’ received solid critical praise, but never found a large audience while airing on NBC during a Friday night slot. The show was originally scheduled for more episodes, but NBC reduced the order down to 13 after just a few weeks which signaled right away that the series could be in trouble.
Ultimately the ratings never improved and NBC decided to pull the plug and with no one else on board to produce the series, ‘Constantine’ will remain a one-season series forever.