We have a mixed bit of television programming news coming out of NBC today. On one hand, hopeful fans of the television adaptation of ‘Constantine‘ can rejoice as the show has received a full series order! On the downside though, it would appear that there is a good chance that ‘Believe’ may have just unofficially been given its cancellation notice.
Today, fans of ‘Constantine’ not only getting a series order but an expanded synopsis as well! Check it out below!
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.
So what is the story with ‘Believe’? While not yet officially cancelled, with 2 episodes left, the series has been pulled from the May sweeps schedule and the network will instead air a ‘Women of SNL’ special. We already knew that the series wouldn’t air on May 11th as the time slot was given to the ‘Rosemary’s Baby‘ mini-series premiere. While the show is set to return to its normal timeslot on May 25, the chances of renewal are starting to look grim.
The pilot episode started quite strong and the series itself was created by the same person who directed ‘Gravity‘, Alfonso Cuarón, and is executive produced by J.J. Abrams. The good news stops there, though, as the show was moved up to a time slot that competed against ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ which seemed to do better with audiences due to rave reviews and had the advantage of ‘Once Upon a Time‘ as a lead in show. On top of all, part way into the filming of the series, the show switched showrunners. While that has clearly worked for ‘The Walking Dead‘ it didn’t seem to help much here (similar to Abrams’ other show ‘Alcatraz‘).
Are you happy to see ‘Constantine’ get a full series order? Sad to see ‘Believe’ might be about to be pulled off the air? Share your thoughts on both below!