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NBC's Constantine already replacing a major character with a new female lead

Jul. 11, 2014by: Alex Maidy

NBC's CONSTANTINE will debut the full pilot episode for the series later this month at San Diego Comic Con, but when the show hits the airwaves in the Fall there will be one character already on their way out. Lucy Griffiths, who plays the female lead Liv, will be leaving the series during the first season as the creators have decided to go in a different direction with the show.

Often on television series, characters are recast after the pilot is shot but producers elected to keep the character on board and write her off during the run of the show. Fans of the comics need not worry as they have elected to bring in another HELLBLAZER character to take her place. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liv will be replaced by Zed, another female character with similar abilities. The role of Zed has not been cast as of this time.

The trailer for CONSTANTINE spends a good deal of time showcasing Griffiths' Liv as she becomes indoctrinated into the world of demons and angels. While this doesn't mean there is necessarily anything wrong with the series, making a shift like this during the first season could be a warning sign that the level of quality is not quite there. On a positive note, it could also mean that producers are aiming for a similar format to the BBC series DOCTOR WHO where the main character would shift companions every few seasons or story arcs to better compliment the tone and direction of the series.

It is too early to tell what the future holds for CONSTANTINE, but we will bring you news as it develops from Comic Con. CONSTANTINE premieres October 24th on NBC.

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6:00AM on 07/14/2014
I saw the pilot and thought it was good, as good as the Keanu Reeves film and a whole lot more accurate the comics thanks to John actually being British and dirty blond. Really like how Matt Ryan portrays the character and there were some good scares in there.
I saw the pilot and thought it was good, as good as the Keanu Reeves film and a whole lot more accurate the comics thanks to John actually being British and dirty blond. Really like how Matt Ryan portrays the character and there were some good scares in there.
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7:44AM on 07/13/2014

from what ive read

the pilot was absolutely horrendous and the multiple reviewers who have seen it are having trouble seeing any way for the series to fix itself b4 it gets cancelled.
the pilot was absolutely horrendous and the multiple reviewers who have seen it are having trouble seeing any way for the series to fix itself b4 it gets cancelled.
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2:04AM on 07/12/2014
The fact that its on Fridays should tell you something. That and it's on NBC. Too bad. It probably had potential.
The fact that its on Fridays should tell you something. That and it's on NBC. Too bad. It probably had potential.
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7:26PM on 07/11/2014
It's going to get canceled anyway, so......
It's going to get canceled anyway, so......
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7:09PM on 07/11/2014
The pilot was terrible, so I don't foresee this show last very long.
The pilot was terrible, so I don't foresee this show last very long.
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6:56PM on 07/11/2014
I am so hip to this news! I've had the opportunity to see the pilot and yeah ... the character of Lucy Griffiths was really pulling me out of the show. I know it's just a pilot, and actors can adjust to their roles as the show continues, but I'm not sure that Constantine can afford to get off on the wrong foot. Since the success of Arrow, fan now believe that television shows about super heroes can be awesome again, and since Constantine is already an off-the-wall lone wolf, the show will need
I am so hip to this news! I've had the opportunity to see the pilot and yeah ... the character of Lucy Griffiths was really pulling me out of the show. I know it's just a pilot, and actors can adjust to their roles as the show continues, but I'm not sure that Constantine can afford to get off on the wrong foot. Since the success of Arrow, fan now believe that television shows about super heroes can be awesome again, and since Constantine is already an off-the-wall lone wolf, the show will need to fire on all cylinders if it's going to get people hooked early.
Let's hope the next actress brings the goods.
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