Think your TV week is full now with Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (not to mention all the other great shows no affiliated with comic books), just wait until next fall. Earlier this week, the Batman-inspired Gotham was confirmed to be getting a series order from Fox, and now that new series will be joined by Constantine on NBC and The Flash and iZombie on The CW. Both networks announced the pick-ups today ahead of the network upfronts, the occasion when the U.S. networks announce their fall schedules, which tales place next week.
NBC confirmed today that Constantine, which is being executive produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, is indeed going to have a home on their airwaves in the fall. More than that, they offered this plot description for the show:
“Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”
Interesting. Sounds a lot more like Supernatural and a lot less like the 2005 movie also called Constantine starring Keanu Reeves.
Meanwhile, over at The CW, the netlet proceeded with the inevitable and ordered The Flash, the spin-off to established CW hit Arrow but focusing on the Scarlet Speedster. No word yet on where The Flash might end up on the schedule, but even money says that it will team-up with Arrow on Wednesday night, although it’s worth noting that The CW didn’t pair The Vampire Diaries with its spin-off, The Originals, this time last year.
The other comic book-based show that The CW picked up was iZombie from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. The show is about a morgue attendant played by Rose McIver who is herself a zombie, and uses her job to get easy access to brains. The side effect of her brain diet is that she can access the memories of those brains, a talent she uses to solve the murders of the brain owners who were killed feloniously.
In sadder news, I hope you weren’t a fan of The Tomorrow People or Star Crossed, because those shows, along with The Carrie Diaries, were cancelled to make room for these shows on The CW scheduled. However, The 100 and Beauty and the Beast will be back next year.
The full network upfronts are announced all next week starting with NBC and Fox on Monday, ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and The CW on Thursday. We’ll have more Fall 2014 news as it develops.