'Constantine' | EW.com



Matt Ryan and Harold Perrineau will grace the small screen this fall in NBC's supernatural new show

John Constantine is in the business of exorcising other people’s demons — as well as wrestling with his own. ”He’s a first-class scumbag who turns everything to s— and he still manages to save the world,” sums up showrunner Daniel Cerone (Dexter), who co-wrote the pilot with Batman scribe David S. Goyer. Starring Welsh actor Matt Ryan as the cursed comic-book antihero, the dark drama will draw inspiration from Swamp Thing’s American Gothic story line for its first season. ”There are supernatural entities breaking into our world at a rate that’s never been seen,” says Cerone. ”Constantine has to try to put out these fires on a weekly basis while at the same time conducting an investigation into the powerful forces behind them.” The show, based on the Hellblazer comic series, will also explore Constantine’s haunted, troubled soul. ”He’s not beyond sacrificing a life,” says Cerone, ”even the life of a close friend — if it’s going to save more lives.”