For some people May means summer break and hitting the beach, for others – network upfronts. This week, the fate of your fall television schedule is being decided with  a constant stream of series pick-ups, put-downs, renewals and cancellations. One notable series order among them is NBC’s pickup of Constantine, a dark comedic thriller (sounds exciting already, right?), adapted from DC Comics’ Hellblazer, created in part by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano. Along with the CW picking up The Flash, this makes two DC comics to hit the small screen this fall, CinemaBlend reports.

So what’s Constantine all about then? Well, the NBC version is likely to be highly cleaned up (keep in mind this is a Moore-Bissette comic, which should give you an idea of just how dark it is.) Even so, Matt Ryan’s John Constantine should be witty, cynical, but ultimately humanistic. Constantine is an occult detective, who travels the country in search of demons to rid the world of. With his soul already destined for a fire-filled eternity, he temporarily steps back from his otherworldly duties, only to fall right back into them once he has to stop demons from killing a woman named Liv (Lucy Griffiths), the daughter of an old friend. But wait! Liv is no ordinary girl (where would be the fun in that?) She has the ability to foretell supernatural events. Naturally, with such an important gift, the new Big Bad in town wants her out of the picture (preferably dead.) So Constantine has to keep doing his job, while keeping Liv safe, while at the same time finding a way to defeat the big bad, and of course maintaining the expected standard of wisecracking.

Lucy Griffiths
Lucy Griffiths is on board as the clairvoyant Liv.

The pilot boasts some promising credits, including Dexter and Dirty Sexy Money writer/producer Daniel Cerone, who wrote the script. In addition, the project was directed by Neil Marshall, whose werewolf thriller Dog Soldiers and spelunking horror The Descent were two of the best genre films of the last decade. Roundig out the team as executive producer is David S. Goyer (Man of Steel).

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