December 13, 2014

Social Media | Constantine 1.8 Live-Tweet

Gloryosky will resume Constantine live-tweets on January 9, 2015 (tentative date; taken from The Futon Critic). “The Saint of Last Resorts” is Constantine’s midseason finale. Hell, Constantine isn’t the first DC Entertainment live-action show this week to base a cliffhanger on the wounding of the show’s title character.

I didn’t spoil either Arrow or Constantine. The blueprints are in the comics. Just saying.


December 8, 2014

Social Media | Constantine 1.7 Live-Tweet

TV by the Numbers claims Constantine is cancelled. Granted, this is Cancellation Bear stuff, if you’re into that sort of thing. I don’t actually disagree with the sentiment – when a DC Entertainment television show in a boom period for comic book/graphic novel adaptations gets its ass kicked by 20/20 and Blue Bloods every week, there’s no hope for the show returning. DC Entertainment has The CW’s iZombie waiting in the wings, and a few prospective pilots in the television system. Even David S. Goyer has Syfy’s Krypton prequel (spoiler: the planet dies). If Constantine isn’t dead, it passed out and vomited on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the berk.

I still say Constantine needs a home on cable. Every week, I wonder how Constantine will do on a channel that won’t fucking neuter it. The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham are natural fits for network television – characters that are familiar to audiences from prior TV adaptations, appeal to the 18-to-34-year-old demographic (which I am still in), and play to as wide an audience as possible. Constantine, being a former Vertigo title with a prior film adaptation, plays to a more “grown-up” niche audience. Obviously, the best home for a show like Constantine is a broadcast network whose top-flight prime-time offerings are Football Night in America and The Voice. I worry for Fox’s prospective Lucifer pilot.

The only way Constantine survives is if DC Entertainment eats most of the costs of a second season, and/or if a streaming service like Netflix feels DC Entertainment is a safe enough risk to defray Constantine’s budget. I’m not saying the show is dead after one season, but get Constantine off NBC. Hellblazer ran for 300 issues, and most of that run was under the aegis of an imprint that worked outside of the Comics Code Authority. Think about it.


November 29, 2014

Social Media | Constantine 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 Live-Tweet

Apologies for not updating the Gloryosky live-tweets in a timely fashion these past couple of weeks. To make up for this, I will hide three weeks of Storify curations behind a WordPress more tag.

To be honest, Constantine is improving, albeit not enough for NBC to order the back nine episodes for its first season. Most likely, Constantine won’t return for a second season, which isn’t surprising for a nerfed version of Hellblazer in a Friday night death slot.

It’s a shame, as Constantine is actually the DC live-action show most faithful to the comics it adapts storylines from. Whereas Gotham hinges on the end result that Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, and Berlanti’s shows attempt a live-action version of the Timm/Diniverse, Constantine draws from the early years of Hellblazer. Adaptations of funnybook storylines – what an odd concept.

Is Constantine what it could be? Hell no; broadcast television is not a good fit for the chain-smoking, profane con artist. That point was texted before the NBC upfront. At the same time, I believe showrunners Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer want to make as good a version of Constantine as network and budget constraints allow. Episodes four through six are the best so far in the show’s run, yet that might not be enough to give Constantine a second-season renewal. Frankly, Constantine needs cable.

At least Constantine doesn’t have The Flash (2014)’s current problem of saying “OUR SUPERHERO LEARNS HOW TO DO THIS THING!” every week, while Harrison Wells is MYSTERIOUS! and possibly connected to the New Gods, and Cisco names a villain also connected to the New Gods, as he’s Vibe. Barry Allen will eventually beat up science. John Constantine will rabbit-punch the back of your head, in the moments when he actually wins a fight. I like The Flash, yet it doesn’t have Constantine’s more pragmatic worldview.

Three weeks of John Constantine is more than most people can take.


November 8, 2014

Social Media | Constantine 1.3 Live-Tweet

Constantine hit the moron bar last week by having John Constantine say “there’s nothing blacker than gypsy magic”. That’s lamentable, not so much for the Romani slur as for gypsy magic being a writer’s crutch. For instance, a ‘fortune teller’s’ curse is the justification for spinning off Frog Thor into his own character (yes, Marvel; work with me here), as opposed to a temporarily transformed Thunder God. Keep in mind, that’s canon introduced by Walter Simonson in 1986, and expanded on by Chris Eliopoulos in 2009. No one’s retconned the gypsy as being a Norse god in disguise, which is simple enough to do.

My big worry for Constantine is that it has a more fun tone than The Flash (2014) right now. How does that even work? I realize The Flash is in his share of more ‘dramatic’ stories, but when The Flash (2014) is more weighty (and angsty – it’s not a Berlanti series if it lacks suitable soul-scraping) than a television show based on Hellblazer, that’s just odd. It’s like Shazam wanting to grow up as quickly as possible, and Dr. Sivana becoming a muscular gu…wait. DC likes to screw with its properties sometimes.

In my opinion, the current DC live-action television universe has its share of problems. The chief culprit is the shows blending into a well-made, if largely surprise-free, whole. I still prefer this scenario to the early 1990s, when shows based on DC Comics characters went for an episodic low-budget feel (aside from, weirdly enough, the 1990-91 version of The Flash), while the comics ran the gamut from typical 1990s fare to well-written Vertigo series. Right now, Constantine needs to differentiate itself from Supernatural, Grimm and Doctor Who; I’m not sure if it will accomplish that feat right now, given how American network television works. Constantine could be cancelled before it really cooks.


October 31, 2014

Social Media | Constantine 1.2 Live-Tweet

To be honest, I enjoyed the first episode of Constantine. Its Metacritic score is lower than Gotham and The Flash, but that’s to be expected. It’s a horror show aired in the ass end of Friday night. The ironic thing about Constantine is that it’s the most direct adaptation of a DC Comics title (specifically, The Saga of the Swamp Thing and early Hellblazer) currently on prime time, live-action television.

Constantine is the only current DC Entertainment live-action television adaptation with the main character not created in the Golden Age (John Constantine first appeared in the June 1984 issue of The Saga of the Swamp Thing), so ironically, he’s less old-hat than a man based on Robin Hood, a man who runs really fast, and a young version of the character that defined Detective Comics. Just saying.


October 27, 2014

Social Media | Constantine 1.1 Live-Tweet

Apologies in advance for the way this post looks. Keep in mind, this is still an experiment for Gloryosky – that, and I realized I can embed a Storify story. I’m just that stupid. In any case, look for Gotham and Strange Empire live-tweet results later in the night, as I continue following Canadian dramas and DC live-action shows until everything coalesces into a Gotham by Gaslight storyline.


August 26, 2014

TV/Streaming News | Shaw and Rogers reveal Shomi VOD platform

Shomi, a Rogers Communications/Shaw Communications joint venture, was formally announced by the two companies in an August 26, 2014 media release. The subscription video-on-demand service is currently in beta launch for Rogers and Shaw Internet/television customers on tablet, mobile, and online platforms, as well as Xbox 360 and set top boxes. It is Rogers’ and Shaw’s first major attempt to compete with Netflix, and costs $8.99 CDN a month; it is currently not available as a standalone product. Shomi is available starting November 2014.

The service initially offers 340 television series, 11,000 hours of television content, and 1200 films at launch, for a total of 14,000 “episodes and titles” (Shomi’s terminology). No original content is initially planned for the service, as Shomi currently focuses on library content and “first-window exclusives” of shows Shaw Media and Rogers Media currently control digital distribution rights to. Shomi is officially in beta for six months to a year.

Shomi uses the You.i engine from You.i Labs. You.i Labs was founded in 2008, and is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Bell Canada Enterprises and Cineplex Odeon Corporation are not on board with the Shomi venture, as was originally planned. According to Greg O’Brien of, Bell plans its own subscription video-on-demand service for January 2015 due to it not liking the content rights terms Rogers signed for Shomi; Cineplex left the Shomi venture due to the service only being available as an add-on for existing Internet/television customers.

Rogers Media president Keith Pelley mentioned at the Shomi media event that “quite a few titles” might come from CBC; CBC is not officially onboard with Shomi.

The Shomi joint venture launches as a standalone entity, with its own management structure.


August 25, 2014

TV News | Lost Girl ends run after 77 episodes

Lost Girl, the Prodigy Pictures series starring Anna Silk as a succubus who tries to forge her own path in a mortal’s world, announced its conclusion in an August 25, 2014 Shaw Media press release, as well as a video from the official Showcase YouTube account (see below). Lost Girl winds down with a sixteen-episode split season. The show debuted on Showcase September 12, 2010. In the United States of America, Lost Girl debuted January 16, 2012, on Syfy.

The first eight episodes of Lost Girl’s fifth season air on Showcase starting December 7, 2014, at 9:00 PM ET/PT. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Etan Vlessing, the second half of the fifth season will air in fall 2015, although there is no indication that the fall 2015 run counts as a “sixth” season. Vlessing also confirms that Lost Girl will wrap internationally.

August 2014 is a painful month for Canadian television. Lost Girl’s announced conclusion marks the fourth end for a high-profile scripted Canadian series after The Listener, Working the Engels, and Seed. With Continuum’s future still undecided by Shaw Media – to the extent that Continuum show creator Simon Barry publicly wonders when a decision will be announced – there might be more cancellations in Canadian scripted television before the month bows out.

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