The news just came today. Numerous shows have been renewed (ie Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, DC's Arrow, The Flash and Gotham). And a few shows have been given the go-ahead for a new start (ie Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow). Though, some have also been cancelled, and sad though the news may be, NBC's Constantine has been named among them.
Before all you Hellblazers fans freak out, though, it has been made quite clear that not all hope is lost. Unlike many other TV series within the course of this network TV Hunger Games/Purge, this one has not been cast onto the bonfire and left out to die. Currently, Constantine is being shopped around to other networks, in hopes of finding a more permanent (and supportive) home.
Personally, I have three that I'm pulling for, any of whom I would be more than happy to see pick up this amazing show:
This one is the first I had in mind, just due to the fact of the genre. This channel is one of the most friendly to matters of the strange, the paranormal, and the supernatural, by design. Despite their name, they are home to sci-fi as well as supernatural fantasy. Plus, if the show comes on later (as NBC realized), they can be more lax with language, violence and sexuality (as necessary).
Perhaps the show would not have as much leniency with language and sexuality/nudity as they would like? Not that the channel seems to be prudish about such things, but if they're going for rated M, maybe this is not optimal.
This, I think, is another excellent choice, due to the leniency that it lends. While it is not geared in entirely to cater to the sci-fi and fantasy genres, that has no bearing on the leg-room that would likely be extended for the show to go into as much depth and detail as desired, with maximum promotion. They could get as rude and raunchy and unrepentant as Constantine often requires, and would have literally none of the backlash of a cable network show.
This is less of a caveat for the TV show itself, and more of one for the fans. In essence, the show would be relegated to a webseries, which would leave a greater number of fans with a choice of two unpalatable options: either pay for Netflix (if you don't already), or look around some sleazy website to try to catch it for free. More folks, I'm guessing, would choose the latter option.
3. The CW
A. Matt Ryan wants in, and he makes a darn good point.
B. He's already picking up star endorsements.
C. Including the King of Hell.
I would consider the language and sexuality freedom issues, but they don't seem to really apply here. Aside from nudity, and maybe shying away from certain of the harsher curse words, they're not scared of getting violent and bloody (have a look at iZombie and Supernatural). The real issue, ironically, is the presence of the show Supernatural already on their channel.
If we're being honest here, the two shows possess a very similar premise between them. Of course, important differences exist between Constantine and Supernatural, but if scheduling is unwise, there could arise some unfriendly competition between the two fandoms, and it could get ugly.
Some fans might tune out of Supernatural to see Constantine, or tune out of Constantine to get a look at Supernatural. And if the CW had to choose between its two babies, in terms of ratings, they might go with the one that has seniority.
So, what is a master of the dark arts to do in a situation like this? Could SyFy be a safe haven for the show to get back on its feet? Should Netflix start dabbling with dark forces, to see if they can make some magic? Or should the DC TV Universe get together under one big, happy roof, over at the CW?
Let us know in the poll and comments below!