Comic books are big business. All anyone has to do to realize this is to look at the success that Marvel / Disney has had with their Marvel Cinematic Universe (I.E. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, etc), Sony’s refusal to let go of Spider-Man, Fox’s work to keep their X-Men and Fantastic Four properties going, etc. Then there is DC / Warner Bros. desire to create an interconnected cinematic universe of their own with Batman Vs Superman and the subsequent movies leading up to a Justice League blockbuster! And that’s just on the big screen! Turn your eyes toward the TV and you’ll find ABC bringing in strong numbers with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and their fill-in show Agent Carter), the CW is bringing in very strong numbers with Arrow and The Flash, Fox has Gotham and CBS is getting ready to bring Supergirl to their small screen line up!! Even cable networks like TNT have gotten in on it by going ahead with their plans for a Titans series. Pretty soon, you won’t be able to go out to the theater or channel surf without coming across a comic book related movie or TV show. Unless, of course, you tune to NBC.
NBC does have a comic book based show in Constantine, but after ordering only 13 episodes, there is still talk of canceling the show altogether. While Constantine is definitely darker and edgier than the other TV offerings that I mentioned earlier, that isn’t necessarily the problem. As evidence of this, I would point to the success of the shows like Supernatural on the CW which, like Arrow and The Flash, has been renewed for yet another season and which has a strong following and is extremely popular despite dealing with the same kind of material which is shown in Constantine. The problem is NBC itself. We all will surely remember the days of “Must See TV” when we would turn on the Peacock Network to see comedy juggernauts such as Cheers, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Friends, etc. In recent years, however, it seems that NBC has had trouble finding a foothold and has simply turned into, as I like to put it, a revolving door of crap. The shows canceled in recent months on NBC include Dracula, Hannibal, Believe, Crisis, Growing Up Fischer, Working The Engels, Ironside, Revolution, The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves The World, A To Z, Bad Judge, etc, etc. And that’s just recently. Now all networks cancel shows and, sure, it’s a numbers game. But can you imagine what would have happened if such classics as Seinfeld and Cheers had been canceled because of the low numbers that they pulled in their freshman season? And with comic book properties getting hotter and hotter each year, can NBC really afford to turn down what will most likely result in a strong show? Especially if they continue playing it after the already established Friday night mainstay Grimm?
There are numerous Facebook pages and Twitter accounts already dedicated to Constantine and the hashtag #SaveConstantine trends on and off. Obviously there are fans, obviously other comic book related properties are doing incredibly well for other networks, obviously this trend isn’t showing any signs of dropping off, so I have to ask: What’s going on over there, NBC? Why are you the one network not promoting and growing the show that you’ve got in addition to trying to bring even more comic related series into your line up? Am I missing something? Hopefully the angels (pardon the irony) will step in a save the show. If not, the next best scenario would be that another network recognizes it’s worth and snaps it up. In any event, I’m sincerely hoping that something happens to #SaveConstantine.