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NBC picks up 'Constatine'; joins 'Grimm' on Fridays this fall

Good and bad news for NBC's supernatural Friday line-up: Grimm is renewed for a fourth season, but Dracula got staked after just 10 episodes. Still, the battle between good and evil will resume as NBC orders Constantine to series for the 2014-15 season.

Based on DC Comics' Hellblazer, the series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) as the trench coat-wearing, chain-smoking, cynical anti-hero John Constantine, a troubled man with demons of his own who is thrust into the role of humanity's protector against the forces of darkness.

Constantine was recently played by Keanu Reeves in a big-budget 2005 adaptation that received mixed reviews and decent box office, but plans for a sequel never materialized.

The series is executive produced by David S. Goyer, who's known for his work on the big screen with two other brooding superheroes who are well-known than Constantine: the half-human, half-vampire hunter known as Blade with Wesley Snipes in three films, and The Dark Knight trilogy from Jonathan and Christopher Nolan with Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Gotham City billionaire by day and brooding Batman by night against crime and corruption. He also co-scripted last summer's Man of Steel with Henry Cavill and is also involved in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman with Cavill and Ben Affleck. Goyer is set to write the screenplay for the future Justice League film.

Grimm becomes the lead-in for Constantine, which airs Fridays at 10pm on NBC this fall, so check out the three-minute preview on its official website.

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