With the near-constant stream of good news hitting our screens, feeds and ears when it comes to superhero TV shows - Agent Carter and Gotham being renewed despite lackluster ratings, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gaining traction, and a whole new set of shows, including Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, being set to arrive next year - it'd be easy to forget those series' that haven't had it so lucky.
Constantine, for instance.
Having struggled to find a wide audience - or much network backing - the show's run was cut short by NBC earlier this year, and officially cancelled back in May. Hope, however, remained, as the CW (and others) were reportedly in talks to bring the show back elsewhere.
A hope, sadly, that has now been extinguished...
Constantine Is Now Officially Dead
So much so, in fact, that the show's Executive Producer Daniel Cerone has released a lengthy statement officially confirming it. The only silver lining? That statement is both incredibly sweet, and devastatingly sad.
He started simply, with a pretty straightforward confirmation...
"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."
...but soon moved onto a heart-warming tribute to those who worked on the show:
"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 exceptionally talented crew that put unreal images on screen, to the original Hellblazer writers and artists who gifted us a universe."
That, though, is where things take a turn for the beautiful and sad...
"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."
...Before, in the final lines, kicking us right in the emotions:
"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."
Which, even if you didn't watch Constantine, and aren't - unlike the millions of fans out there - devastated to see it go, is just super, super touching. After all, the show didn't end because it couldn't find a dedicated fanbase - it ended because it couldn't find a way - whether due to its own creative issues, or decisions made by the network - to extend its viewership beyond its passionate core audience.
All of which makes that statement a seriously classy move from Mr. Cerone. A seriously classy move indeed...