NBC will premiere Constantine on Friday October 24, 2014 at 10:00PM EST. I guess it’s only poetic that the series’ start date happens one week away from Halloween. There has been a lot of anticipation building up for this new TV incarnation of the demon-fighting character made famous by the Hellblazer comics. Originally, due to the show being on network TV, many people were skeptical that this dark fantasy could stay true to the comics and successfully garner an audience. But on May 11, 2014, all doubts were quieted when NBC premiered their explosive trailer:
Constantine will be produced by The Dark Knight Trilogy scribe, David Goyer, and star Matt Ryan as the
chain-smoking … ahem (I forgot that we’re still on network TV.) … trenchcoat-wearing exorcist and demonologist. The official NBC series synopsis reads:
Based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, Criminal Minds) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, True Blood), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
In this time-slot, Constantine will be in good company as the preceding show will be Grimm, another supernatural-based actioner which has steadily grown in viewership since its debut.