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Constantine (TV series)

Constantine
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Genre
Based on Characters published 
by DC Comics
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s) Bear McCreary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) James Spies
Cinematography Romeo Tirone
Running time 42–43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) – February 13, 2015 (2015-02-13)
External links
Website

Constantine is an American television series developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer for NBC, based on characters appearing in the comic series Hellblazer published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint.[1] Matt Ryan stars as John Constantine. The series aired from October 24, 2014 to February 13, 2015, over 13 episodes. On May 8, 2015, NBC decided not to renew the series for a second season.

Premise

John Constantine, a demon hunter and dabbling master of the occult, must struggle with his past sins while protecting the innocent from the converging supernatural threats that constantly break through to our world due to the "Rising Darkness". Balancing his actions upon the line of good and evil, Constantine uses his skills and a supernatural scry map to journey across the nation to send these terrors back to their own world, all for the hope of redeeming his soul from eternal torment.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring and guest

Episodes

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Production

The series was developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, with the pilot episode directed by Neil Marshall.[4] The show remains more faithful to the source material than the 2005 film, although on-screen depiction of Constantine's chain-smoking habit will be absent because of broadcast television restrictions[5][6] (the network eventually becomes more lenient and John is shown smoking on screen in later episodes). Additionally, the character's bisexuality will not be referenced on screen,[7] with Cerone saying, "In those comic books, John Constantine aged in real time. Within this tome of three decades [of comics] there might have been one or two issues where he's seen getting out of bed with a man. So [maybe] 20 years from now? But there are no immediate plans." This was met with criticism from the LGBTQ community.[8]

Griffiths was cast as the original female lead Liv Aberdine, the daughter of a late friend of John's called Jasper Winters, who comes to discover that she has the ability of seeing the supernatural world among us. She teams up with Constantine to fight the demons who have targeted her and learn more about her late father.[2] Griffiths was dropped after Goyer and Cerone decided to take the series in a different creative direction.[9] The comic character Zed was chosen as a replacement for the female lead.[9] Angélica Celaya was later announced to fill the role. Some of Griffiths' final scenes from the pilot were reshot, explaining why she does not join Constantine in his adventures as originally intended.[3] Both Goyer and Cerone have talked about a possible return for Liv.[10]

In November 2014, NBC announced that they would not be ordering more episodes past the initial order of 13 for the first season, though a second season renewal was not ruled out.[11] When questioned about the chances of the series return in January 2015, NBC president Jennifer Salke said, "We wish the show would’ve done better live. It has a big [delayed] viewership and a younger audience. We love the show and it’s safe to say we're still talking about it." NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added, "We got on the comic books bandwagon. Maybe, there are too many of them."[12] In February 2015, Cerone reconfirmed that the series had not been cancelled and that the producers would pitch their ideas for an additional season to NBC in May 2015.[13] In mid-April 2015, Cerone stated it was "a long shot" that the series would be renewed, adding "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 [sic] 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."[14] On April 23, Cerone tweeted that the producers would pitch their ideas for a second season on April 27, which was earlier than he had previously announced in February, with NBC making their decision in early May.[15] Following the meeting, Cerone tweeted that the "NBC exec said [to] tell the fans it went well" and that "If this show comes back for more, I can honestly say it was the fans."[16][17]

On May 8, 2015, NBC declined to renew the series for a second season, prompting Warner Bros. Television to shop the series around in an attempt to get it picked up by another network.[18]

Broadcast

Constantine airs simultaneously on Global in Canada.[19] In the United Kingdom, the series was acquired by Amazon Instant Video.[20]

Reception

Ratings

The premiere episode "Non Est Asylum" received an additional 2.90 million viewers from DVR viewing, to create a total of 7.14 million viewers for the episode.[21]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
Total
(18–49)
1 "Non Est Asylum" October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) 1.4/5[22] 4.28[22] 0.7 2.1[21]
2 "The Darkness Beneath" October 31, 2014 (2014-10-31) 0.9/3[23] 3.06[23] 0.8 1.7[24]
3 "The Devil's Vinyl" November 7, 2014 (2014-11-07) 1.0/3[25] 3.14[25] 0.7 1.7[26]
4 "A Feast of Friends" November 14, 2014 (2014-11-14) 0.8/3[27] 3.47[27] 0.9 1.7[28]
5 "Danse Vaudou" November 21, 2014 (2014-11-21) 1.1/4[29] 3.54[29] 0.8 1.9[30]
6 "Rage of Caliban" November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28) 0.9/3[31] 3.34[31] 0.7 1.6[32]
7 "Blessed are the Damned" December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05) 0.8/3[33] 3.17[33] 0.8 1.6[34]
8 "The Saint of Last Resorts" December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) 1.0/3[35] 3.30[35] 0.7 1.7[36]
9 "The Saint of Last Resorts: Part 2" January 16, 2015 (2015-01-16) 0.8/3[37] 3.06[37] 0.6 1.4[38]
10 "Quid Pro Quo" January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23) 0.9/3[39] 3.47[39] 0.6 1.5[40]
11 "A Whole World Out There" January 30, 2015 (2015-01-30) 0.8/3[41] 3.29[41] 0.6 1.4[42]
12 "Angels and Ministers of Grace" February 6, 2015 (2015-02-06) 0.8/3[43] 2.96[43] 0.6 1.4[44]
13 "Waiting for the Man" February 13, 2015 (2015-02-13) 0.8/3[45] 3.30[45] 0.6 1.4[46]

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 72% critic approval rating with an average rating of 6.2/10 based on 46 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Constantine‍ '​s creepy atmosphere, high-stakes action, and splendid special effects combine with a welcome touch of humor to overcome narrative flaws and present a version of the title character that's close to his comics counterpart."[47] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 53 out of 100 based on 25 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[48]

Other media

Web series

DC Entertainment has released a clay-stop motion animation web series called John Con Noir. The web series is developed by Cool Town Creations to support the petition for the television series to be renewed for a second season.[49][50] The first chapter was released on January 16, 2015 on the DC Comics official website and YouTube account, in addition to the mid-season premiere on NBC.[49]

Ryan reprises the role of John Constantine as the character tries to find his own program's creators and showrunners, Goyer and Cerone, after they go missing. If Constantine does not succeed, then the NBC network will have no other choice but to cancel the program.

Shared universe

In May 2015, Stephen Amell, who portrays Oliver Queen / Arrow on The CW's Arrow, revealed he had discussions with DC Entertainment to portray the character on the show, saying, "The reason that I was going to guest star on Constantine, at least the idea that we were throwing around was [Constantine's] an expert when it comes to the Lazarus Pit, which is now something that is a part of and will continue to be a part of Arrow." Amell stated that, even though Constantine was not renewed for a second season, a crossover "was and is still on the table".[51] Additionally, Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed a desire to integrate Constantine into the universe that had been created with Arrow, saying, “A lot of the pieces are in place, except for that one final piece, which is what’s the fate of Constantine? That’s the tricky thing. But it comes up in the writers’ room constantly — we have a number of ideas, one idea that’s particularly exciting to me. We’re in a little bit of a wait-and-see mode”.[52]

Notes

  1. Griffiths appeared in the pilot as a co-star,[2] though she was written out of the series once regular filming began.[3]

References

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