It’s been a month since we told you that NBC had canceled Constantine—and that was six months after the network halted production of the show. But in today’s TV landscape, there’s always hope for a canceled show as long as there’s a streaming service in search of content. So even NBC’s announcement lacked the finality fans needed in order to put the show behind them and move on, probably to worrying about how AMC would screw up Preacher.
Well, here’s that finality: over the weekend, Constantine showrunner and executive producer Daniel Cerone wrote an open letter to fans signaling that it was time to change into their traditional black crepe mourning trench coats, because Constantine is dead. Like, “not even on PlayStation” dead:
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[…]
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.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind Constantine, had approached a number of networks, including The CW and Fox, about picking up the show; it’s unclear whether streaming services were part of those negotiations as well. In lieu of flowers, bouquets of cigarettes can be sent to the Warner Bros. lot.