Tonight’s Constantine “A Feast of Friends” finds John visited by Gary Lester, an old friend wreaking havoc in Atlanta when he unleashes a dark force. John is once again thrown into the middle of a battle of good versus evil forcing him to decide how far he’s willing to go to win this fight.
Executive Producers David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone took some time to chat about the seasons ever evolving landscape of characters, clear up whether or not Chas is actually immortal and drop a few goodies about the rest of Constantine’s first season.
NBC’s Constantine showed a lot of promise – even if the premiere (which we gave a B) was long on mood but short on scares. The intervening three episodes ranged from moments of genuine scares and wit to moments that showed more than a hint of softening from the comics – necessary for it to run on network TV but keeping it from ever quite soaring.
This week’s episode, A Feast of Friends, is more of the same even as it continues on the story that comprised the early issues of Hellblazer from the ‘80s.
His soul is damned to hell, he’s been locked up in a mental hospital and demons insist on possessing people to pay him a visit on here on Earth. Aw that’s just a typical day at the office for a seasoned demon hunter like John Constantine. Matt Ryan (No not the Atlanta Falcon’s football player. That would be another show entirely.) stars as John Constantine from the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC comics. Matt’s version of Constantine is a departure from the movie version Keanu Reeves made famous with his dirty blonde hair and British accent. Like both the movie and comic version of Constantine, Matt’s version will also be a smoker. Yes you heard me.
While American Television has strict rules about portraying smoking on TV, Constantine is a smoker even if we never get to see him take a drag from an actual cigarette. I had a chance recently to chat with Matt about this and his take on playing such an iconic comic book character. Full interview after the jump!
John Constantine is a bit of a tosser – he’s arrogant, sarcastic and tormented. His soul damned to Hell for overreaching and failing to save a young girl, he needs redemption more than most. When an old friend’s daughter is targeted by a demon from the Inner Circle, Constantine – prompted by an angel who goes by the name of Manny – attempts to make good on a promise to protect her.
Like the character, Constantine (NBC, Fridays, 10/9C) is a series that’s a bit conflicted. While it tries to capture the essence of the character, it also has to live on network television. It works more often than not – and shows promise for the future as a companion series to NBC’s surprisingly long-lived cult hit, Grimm.
Constantine (NBC, Fridays, 10/9C) is a dark supernatural series based on the continuing adventures of anti-social, chain smoking anti-hero John Constantine from the DCD comics Hellblazer and Constantine. Based on the series pilot, I’d have to say they got it right, for the most part (network policy on smoking means some creative workarounds).
NBC has released a new teaser that highlights Constantine’s moral dilemma. Check it out after the jump. Constantine premieres on Friday, October 24th.
John Constantine is piece of mystical work. He’s rude, callous, and not quite the master of the mystic arts his card makes him out to be – though he still may be all that stands between us and Hell taking over the Earth.
In advance of the Constantine series premiere, NBC has released a look behind the scenes of it’s newest darkly magical series. Check it out after the jump. Constantine premieres Friday, October 24th (10/9C).
Constantine, Hannibal and Grimm lead the way as NBC and Universal Television sets out to invade Comic-Con 2014. Panels are planned for these shows as well as Bates Motel and a yet-to-be-named Adult Swim series featuring Triumph the Insult Dog.
NBC will host the panels for Hannibal and The Blacklist, while Universal Television will host panels, Grimm, Bates Motel and the Adult Swim show. The Constantine panel will include a screening of the pilot. For further details, follow the jump.
NBC begins rolling out its fall 2014 schedule on Thursday, September 4th when Sunday Night football returns with Seattle hosting Green Bay. Three days later Indian visits Denver, following the season premiere of Football Night in America.
Monday, September 22nd brings the season premieres of The Blacklist and The Voice; Debra Messing’s working mom dramedy The Mysteries of Laura lands on the 24th; Parenthood’s final season premieres on the 25th, and new half-hour comedy, Marry Me debuts on October 14th. Grimm returns October 24th – leading into new supernatural series Constantine. Kate Walsh vehicle, Bad Judge premieres on October 2nd, and Katherine Heigl’s return to series TV, State of Affairs, premieres on November 17th.