Yesterday we told you about Constantine television show creator Daniel Cerone‘s call for help from Constantine fans. He was about to walk into a meeting with NBC executives to discuss the future of the show. Cerone’s idea was to get fans tweeting and impress the NBC suits with the results. Wanna know how it all worked out? (more…)
Constantine creators Daniel Creone and David Goyer are meeting with NBC executives today to pitch the second season. In an effort to show NBC that fans are behind the show and want more, Creone put out a Call to Arms Tweet to Constantine fans around the world. Tweet using hashtag #SaveConstantine during the meeting starting at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST in hopes of convincing NBC that Constantines fanbase won’t take it’s removal from television lying down.
Another day, another petition to save a TV show (…Constantine, a show that was finally starting to come into its own, might we add). It seems that nowadays, its always going to be a bit of a gamble putting the time and emotional investment into a freshman show on cable television. As; unless the ratings are surging through the roof, then there is always something of a worry in the back of the minds of advocates and fans of a particular show. It can become a rather complicated affair with some lower rated show hitting the right demographic; some shows can be “on-the-bubble”, and there are some which debut with high ratings – take a nose dive – then can’t seem to pick’um back up again. Cable will tend to give shows more of a chance , where as Network TV is pretty ruthless when it comes to axing both freshman, and even longer established shows. The question here is, …was Constantine really suited to Network TV – and in particular NBC – as Constantine is a foul-mouthed, disillusioned,British cynic pursuing a life of sorcery and danger. Maybe that’s where it all went wrong for Constantine, maybe it just wasn’t possible to portray all the complexities of the character whilst having to tone things down for network TV. (more…)
With two episode of Gotham down, and the premiere of The Flash running at us next week, the Autumn of DC Comics’ content continues as we look ahead to Constantine. The new series based on the long-time Vertigo favorite premieres later this month on NBC, looking to capitalize not just on the popularity of comic book characters, but an audience eager for more supernatural and fantasy storytelling. All things considered, Constantine should probably have an easier time on TV as it lends itself to a procedural format, and various demons and beasties are easier to replicate on TV than, say, a man running really fast, but is the audience ready to believe in John Constantine? Perhaps this video will persuade you… (more…)
The annual Television Critics Association summer panel is currently underway in L.A. It’s a chance for networks and cable channels to show off their wares for the fall season, introduce new shows and start building the hype for September and October premieres. As I’m sure you already know (you’re reading a website called Nerd Bastards after all), there are an inordinate number comic book based TV series debuting this TV season, and one of them is NBC’s Constantine. Already the butt of some controversy (for comic fans), the cast and crew of the show were definitely in the hot seat as the NBC portion of the TCA got underway. (more…)
Here’s some comic book-related news no one should have a problem with. It appears that British director Neil Marshall has been recruited to direct the pilot for NBC’s Constantine pilot, which is based on the long-running DC Comics/Vertigo comic Hellblazer. (more…)