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Constantine Season 2 Not Guaranteed

Matt McGloin
Posted: 01/16/2015 - 18:01


We get some disappointing news coming out of the recent Television Critics Association press tour in regards to the future of Constantine on NBC.

IGN spoke with a couple of executives who seem to be making excuses why the show may not get a second season.

While it's obvious that Constantine was hurt by the late Friday night time slot, NBC tries to say the reason for the show's lack of success - at least for live viewings - is due to too many comic book TV series or the fact that Constantine may not be as well known as a Batman or Flash.

“We wish the show had done better live," Jennifer Salke, president of NBC said. "It has a big viewership after [it airs] in all kinds of ways and it has a younger audience, but the live number is challenging. It hasn't come out in the way we wanted it to, but we love the show. I think it's fair to say we're still talking about it."

“We got on the bandwagon of these shows based on comic books and maybe there are too many of them," added Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC. "It's a popular series of comics, but it's not The Flash, it's not Batman. So maybe it suffers a little bit there. But as Jen said, it's a show we really like. We love Matt Ryan, who's the star of it. I think we did right by the fans who didn't like the film that was made of it. The future is still up in the air for that show.”

Of course the execs are going to try and find blame elsewhere, and not on themselves for the decision of the Friday night time slot, but there may be a ray of hope in that Constantine still has a chance of a second season.

When Constantine returns tonight, the series will be featured at an earlier time starting at 8pm ET. It seems from what is stated above, if Constantine doesn't improve in ratings for the new time slot, it will more than likely be cancelled.

For what it's worth, the Gotham "Batman" series airs on Mondays and Flash airs Tuesdays - both at 8pm.