Alas, Constantine Will Not Be Getting a Second Season

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In a bit of disheartening news this weekend, the DC Comic book based Constantine will not be getting a second season. In a letter on TwitLonger, executive producer Daniel Cerone told fans that the search for a new home had come to an end and finished without success. He wrote:

I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good. 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.

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.

Thank you for letting us in.

Daniel Cerone

After the NBC show failed to capitalize on Grimm‘s Friday night audience, as it followed the Friday night hit, the decently critic rated TV show failed to establish an audience size to NBC’s liking. From the very beginning the show faced a will they/won’t they scenario when it came to being canceled. While rumors circulated that the show was canceled, the show’s lead, Matt Ryan told fans that the show wasn’t, in fact, canceled and that he would be pitching season 2 to NBC execs. They even started a #SaveConstantine Twitter campaign.

Sadly, that didn’t pan out, as NBC announced that the show was not going to be renewed in early May. All hope was not lost though, as Ryan and Cerone told fans that they would be pitching the show to other networks, but it looks like that didn’t pan out either as we can see from the letter above. Like all good things, the show must come to an end, even if it may have been, way before its time.

Source: IGN

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