NBC Picks Up “Constantine” & Two More

NBC picked up four new shows yesterday, now they’ve scored three more.

The most notable is “Constantine,” the TV series adaptation of the “Hellblazer” comics. Matt Ryan plays enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective John Constantine who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.

With this deal done, it now means all four shows that went to pilot this season based on DC Comics properties have been picked up to series – the others being Fox’s “Gotham” and The CW’s “The Flash” and “iZombie”.

NBC’s other pickups today are the Rashida Jones-produced online dating comedy “A to Z,” and the Debra Messing-led and McG-produced “Mysteries of Laura”. The latter follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective (Messing) who is fine with criminals but can’t handle her unruly twins.

The big question now hovers over renewals. “Crisis” and “Believe” are effectively dead. “Hannibal,” “Dracula,” “Parenthood,” “Revolution” and “Community” however are uncertain. Of the five the least likely to make it is “Revolution,” and the pickup of “Constantine” doesn’t bode well for it.

“Community” producer Chris McKenna sent out a bunch of cryptic tweets which has made many nervous about that comedy’s fate, on the flip side a report in The Irish Post says Jonathan Rhys Meyers let slip the news that “Dracula” has already scored a second season renewal.

Source: Deadline