Constantine's Magic Runs Dry, Show Canceled
Much to the sorrow of a small but dedicated fanbase, NBC's Constantine is no more. Executive Producer Daniel Cerone made an official announcement regarding the cancelation:
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.
This comes on the heels of a campaign set up by Ceron and writer David S. Goyer to save the show, which included streaming the entire first season for free and attempts to create a Twitter buzz.
Cerone also made a passionate case for the show's writers and their work on the show, leaving fans and writers in general with some poignant words:
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, than 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.
Cerone and the writing team are in good company when it comes to passing the John Constantine torch. Former Hellblazer comics writers include Garth Ennis, Brian Azzarello, and Warren Ellis.
The good news, John Constantine lives on in the world of comics, and in fact a new series, Constantine: The Hellblazer, hits shelves tomorrow (Wednesday, June 10th).
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