Constantine Season 2 Canceled? NBC Halts Production On Additional Season 1 Episodes; Season 2 In Doubt

By Steve Buja , Updated Nov 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST
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Despite not being mired in subtle call-aheads to all the things you read in the comics, Constantine hasn't been the success NBC was hoping it would be. The company recently halted production on the rest of the first season.

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With thanks to Deadline. The announcement will give the freshman DC-based show a 13 episode first season. Now, the show has not been cancelled out right; the late premiere last month prevented the company from getting the full numbers in order to make a decision whether the show lives or dies. Either way, until an official decision is rendered, production has stopped and the cast and crew are headed home.

The show has not been the big breakout hit that NBC was hoping for. The two other DC Comics premieres, the ridiculous fan-servicey Gotham on FOX and the solid The Flash on The CW have seen much better success and have even received the coveted 'back 9' episodes for after the winter break.

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While Constantine's live numbers have been poor - the fifth episode netted a 1.1 rating, which is decent - the show has had a great uptick in DVR views, which in this day and age is the only way to watch anything.

Constantine is based on the DC Comics series Hellblazer. It follows John Constantine, a smoking, abrasive exorcist as he deals with the general nastiness of heaven and hell while trying to redeem his own soul for past sins. It stars Matt Ryan and has been good, not great, though recent episodes have pointed the series in a new direction.

But, since there is no baby-batman, so it has had a hard time pulling in viewers who are unfamiliar with the character.

Constantine airs Friday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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