This may be an old story but it is one that I have put off for a while. I never like criticising tweets because at the end of the day it’s Twitter. You say things in the heat of the moment, off the cuff and most importantly, for your followers. And I for one am a terrible Tweeter so it is hypocritical to even write this post but indulge me if you will.
Daniel Cerone, producer/writer of Constantine and various other shows since 2004, took to Twitter to call for fan support. He tried to rally hope for the master exorcist by comparing Constantine’s ratings to that of NBC’s Hannibal, which has endured into a season 3 despite consistently low viewership.
Despite NBC halting Constantine’s production at just 13 episodes leaving the show’s future uncertain, Daniel Cerone tweeted:
“The producers are confidant. Constantine higher ratings than Hannibal and CLIMBING. Hannibal got 2nd season. So keep watching! #Constantine”
Ignoring the angering fact an Emmy nominated writer misspelt ‘confident’, this Tweet perplexed and infuriated me even more.
How dare Cerone compare Constantine to Hannibal? Yes, Hannibal may indeed have a lower viewership than Constantine but do you know what Hannibal has over the train wreck that is Constantine? Some character, some drama and a whole ton of terrific performances peppered with genuine grotesque horror.
If a show about serial killers and cannibals, which to be fair is a frightening concept, is consistently more gory and frightening opposite a show centred on exorcism, demons and spirits; there is a problem, yes?
The comparison comes because both shows play near enough at the same time, both air on the same channel (NBC) and both are based on well-known licenses. But the buck stops there. Hannibal is an award winning show that more people need to watch and enjoy, whilst Constantine is a typical network show that doesn’t even get the basics right. The actors look as if they are reading of autocues and the visual effects look outsourced to trainees. There is no comparison.
And it leads me to the conclusion that Daniel Cerone must not watch Hannibal. If he did, not only would he have phrased those 140 character better but he may have picked up some tips like how to make network TV challenging and unique rather than the same old procedural we see everyday.