As it turns out you haven’t seen the last of John Constantine just yet. During the network’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, CW President Mark Pedowitz announced that they had signed Matt Ryan to reprise his role as Constantine in an upcoming episode of Arrow.
Ryan, of course, played the character in 13 episodes of the NBC series Constantine, which like Arrow hailed from Warner Bros Television. That shared ownership made this crossover episode possible. The notion of such a move was first mooted shorty after NBC cancelled the series in May, with Arrow’s Stephen Amell offering to guest on Constantine should it be picked up for a second season elsewhere (which didn’t happen).
“We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow”, showrunner Marc Guggenheim said. “Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”
Other announcement made during the executive panel at the TCAs:
– The CW is developing a US version of Channel 4’s comedy series Dates. The move comes after they acquired and aired the UK series this past Summer. Bryan Elsley, who created the original series, is on-board to develop and pen the US adaptation. Warner Bros. Television is producing.
– The network has ordered new seasons of Summer series Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Whose Line Is It Anyway. This marks the second time that the net has ordered more Fool Us, after the series was initially developed, aired, and cancelled by UK broadcaster ITV.
– Britney Spears has signed on for a guest starring role on the second season of The CW’s breakout comedy series Jane The Virgin. “We are so thrilled that Rogelio’s ‘nemesis’ — Britney Spears — has agreed to appear on Jane The Virgin in episode 205,” said Jennie Synder Urman. “Personally, after hearing about their long standing feud (from Rogelio’s point of view), we are eager to hear Ms. Spears’ side of the story, which we assume is quite different”.
– CW President Mark Pedowitz is not prepared to call time on Supernatural any time soon, going as far as to say “If the numbers hold and they want to do it, we’re in”. He also left the door open to develop a new spin-off after Tribes failed to make the cut, but noted nothing is in active development.