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Why I Drink, English Magician Edition: John Constantine Coming to NBC

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 30, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 30, 2013 |

John Constantine is being brought to NBC by David Goyer.


Just don’t touch this NBC. Seriously, you cannot do this show the slightest bit of justice on network television. This is not a criticism of your lineup, though do not take the refusal to criticize as an implied compliment of it either. It’s not. The other networks would be getting this same notice from me: CBS, ABC, Fox. Okay, if it was the CW I’d just get to work finishing that atomic bomb that I’ve been tinkering with in my garage.

Constantine’s story is darker than dark. It might be in comic book form, but let’s be clear: this is horror as dark as horror gets. Would you air “Saw” uncut in primetime, week after week, respected disposable network executives? No? Then you are not prepared to broadcast anything approaching this show.

Don’t get me wrong, “Hannibal” is fantastic, and I am amazed that you were both willing to broadcast such dark content, and renew it despite atrocious ratings. But this show is a step even further. It swims in waters as dark but does not temper them with reluctance, with a protagonist who shares the horror. Its protagonist is a gleeful madman who revels in chaos.

I don’t think I’d even be willing to give the cable networks a shot at this one. It’s a story that shines a light in places that a network is not going to want to stay true to. Pack it up, don’t embarrass yourselves.

And for the love of all that’s unholy, don’t mention fucking Keanu.

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