If you were a fan of NBC's ill-fated Constantine, then it's been a rough ride for you that started with hope the show wouldn't be cancelled, then a let down when it was, then renewed hope about it getting picked up by another outlet surfaced, then utter depression when it was officially done. See? Roller coaster.
Well, prepare to have more salt rubbed in your wound, Constantine supporters, because as a last little knife twist, the list of prime-time Emmy nominations came out today and, well, Constantine scored a nomination.
Nominated for what category, you ask? The tongue-twistingly titled Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More). It's quite an honor, but still, it's a bit of a kick in the teeth to everyone involved with the show. Thanks for the nod, but I'm sure they really would have rather preferred to still be on air.
Constantine wasn't the only comic book series to garner a few nominations. Both ABC's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) and the CW's The Flash were nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, and Netflix's Daredevil and Fox's Gotham were nominated for multiple categories. Daredevil is nominated for three awards: Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
Meanwhile, Gotham is nominated for an impressive four categories, Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More), Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
Granted, all of these nominations are mostly limited to the look and design of the shows, whose quality has never been in question, rather than acting or directing. Still, who would have thought that even a few years ago, we'd see five different comic book-based shows getting any sort of Emmy nominations at all? It's a great time to be a fan of nerdy narratives.