Last fall, a lot of new TV shows were added to our weekly schedule and a lot of them were comic-book adaptations. One of them was Constantine, which got picked up by NBC, only to be cancelled after its short-lived first season and leave fans wanting more.There is no denying Matt Ryan delivers excellent weekly doses of John Constantine and the rest of the casting is equally amazing. The actor even landed a guest spot on Arrow and will be reprising his role on this week’s episode, “Haunted”. However, The CW is not interested in picking up another comic-based series, so the network is not a potential home for Constantine. Series creators tried to sell a second season of the show to other potential networks, but unfortunately to no luck. The obvious question is one: if it failed on NBC, why would it do better on another network?
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Ever since the comic-book mania began, hardly anything of the genre wasn’t met with success, so the case of Constantine is rather curious and maybe the network is to blame to some extent. Not only did NBC give the series a super-late premiere (November 25), when everything else was already on air, but they also left it to rot on a Friday night which everyone knows is a dead zone for ratings. Despite receiving significant binge-watching numbers, the network didn’t even give the Hellblazer adaptation a chance, by halting production at 13 episodes and later cancelling the show for good. Fans have been petitioning to save the show ever since, so the demand is rather obvious.It’s rather sad that in 2015, networks still fail to realize how the relationship between a fanbase and ratings works. Constantine was definitely one to hold and with a network that wouldn’t be afraid of a darker continuation, the show could’ve been taken to new extremes. The #SaveConstantine (#BringBackConstantine etc.) campaign is still going on strong, with fans hoping that killer ratings for his Arrow episode could give the show a standing chance. However, with an unfinished version of the episode finding its way online early, things might not go as expected.In any case, Constantine was one of the most promising comic-book adaptations that appeared on television last year and had it been given the chance it deserved, things would’ve been different today. Just like the hardcore fans of the show, let’s not lose faith and hope another network wakes up and picks it up for another season before it's too late.