[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he future of NBC’s Constantine hangs in the balance.
It was recently revealed that the show, based on the DC comic, did not get a “back nine” order from NBC, meaning that the 13 episodes in season one are all that’s guaranteed.
While this has incited some panic amongst the show’s fans, leading to a Twitter campaign and online petitions to save the show, showrunner Daniel Cerone remains confident about the future of the program.
Cerone assured fans via his Twitter stream that Constantine‘s ratings aren’t “cancelation-worthy” — so while there are no additional episodes ordered at the moment, it doesn’t mean that the show is completely dead.
We will return if enuf fans watch live ‘n rewatch (stream till you drop). NBC wants our success and DC is beast. Won’t say die. #Constantine
— Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) November 24, 2014
Cerone also goes on to point out that Constantine is actually pulling in better numbers than other popular shows such as Hannibal, Arrow, and Supernatural. Still, no matter how optimistic Cerone may be, there definitely seems to be a rough road ahead for the show. Constantine has failed to generate the same amount of buzz as other new, comic book-based shows like The Flash (CW) and Gotham (FOX). This would definitely cause network executives to be wary about dishing out more money for a show that, in their eyes, is under performing.
NBC so enthusiastic about eps 7-9 of #Constantine they’re sending all 3 out to reviewers this week. #Hellblazers #SaveConstantine — Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) November 30, 2014
Spin it how you will, but that doesn’t quite seem like enthusiasm to me. That seems like a network making a last ditch effort to generate some much needed buzz, and remind people that the show is still there. This prompted another Twitter follower to probe Cerone with the following question. Note his response.
.@GEORGIAE89 NBC excitement not enough for season 2. They need numbers. We’re still in game. Keep watching! #SaveConstantine #Hellblazers
— Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) December 1, 2014
So like anything, it will all come down to numbers. Still, should NBC choose not to renew Constantine, that doesn’t mean the end of the show altogether. It’s no longer surprising to see a dead show resurrected elsewhere – for proof, all you have to do is scroll through Netflix.
Ultimately, it’s too early to call, and Constantine may yet be renewed after all. There’s a chance Cerone’s confidence may not be as misplaced as it seems. While Constantine may be down, make sure you don’t count it out.