As if Monday’s aren’t’ hard enough, today just got a little harder for Constantine fans. The show’s creator Daniel Cerone broke news to fans that the series will not return, despite having been shopped around to multiple other networks in hopes of a revival.
We found out that the show was cancelled on NBC around in early May, but were left with a glimmer of hope that it could return. It seems, however, that avenue hasn’t proved successful, with the show’s creator Daniel Cerone penning a letter to fans telling them that the show could not find a new home and is currently over.
You can read Cerone’s full letter to fans below:
I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good. The cast and writers of Constantine are being released from their contracts. The studio tried to find a new home for the show, for which we’re forever grateful, but those efforts didn’t pan out. I’m sorry, I wasn’t provided any information on the attempts to sell the show elsewhere. All I can report is that the show is over.
Many ingredients went into this TV series. From the dedicated cast that breathed these characters to life, led by Matt Ryan as the comic-made-flesh embodiment of John Constantine, to the exceptionality talented crew that put unreal images on screen, to the original Hellblazer writers and artists who gifted us a universe.
As a general principle, writers don’t choose a writing career to achieve stardom. Whatever demons or insecurities drove them to find freedom of expression through written words generally keeps writers comfortably obscure behind their words. Nor do people choose writing as a means to financial freedom. I’d venture to guess that most who set out to write professionally never receive a paycheck for their hopeful scribbles or key strokes.
In fact, nobody I know ever chose a writing career — it chose them. You write because that’s what you do. Like breathing, it just happens and you have to do it and you just hope that someday somebody out there notices what you’re trying to say.
If that’s the dream of writers, than the writers of Constantine lived the dream, because we’re leaving behind wild and passionate fans who believe in and were moved by what we tried to do. To leave such a significant, dedicated and active fan base on the table — that’s the real sadness. You all deserve many years of the series we set out to make, and we’re disappointed that we couldn’t deliver that to you. The good news is that Constantine will live on for years in many more forms. But our time as caretakers has ended.
Thank you for letting us in.
The Atlanta-filmed show debuted to over 4 million viewers, but struggled to retain steady numbers throughout the season.
Constantine fans, feel free to cry on our shoulders and let us know what you think of the show’s permanent cancellation below.
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