Just because you’ve already shot and aired your pilot doesn’t mean you can’t take a mulligan.
At least, that’s what the producers of NBC’s Constantine are banking on. They’ve announced that Lucy Griffiths—who starred on True Blood and played the role of Constantine’s sidekick Liv—will no longer be appearing on the show. Liv's role will be replaced by a different character from the comic books, a psychic named Zed.
In a statement to EW, executive producer Daniel Cerone said that:
“When you put a wide-eyed innocent into that world, she’s just very reactive. The nice thing about Swamp Thing, when he first teamed up with Constantine, was that Swamp Thing had abilities, Swamp Thing had skills. Constantine needed those skills.
One of the coolest things about Constantine he doesn’t have any ‘powers.’ He came out of a time with all these superheroes with their garish colors and flashy powers, and he just comes out with a rumpled coat, wearing browns and greys, and he just knows a lot magic and spells, but it’s all knowledge-based. Anything he can do is based in knowledge and his own studying.
Zed is actually one of the first women Constantine meets in the comic books, and she has various psychic powers. We felt ultimately she’s going to service the first season better as someone to pair Constantine up with. She can get in his face a little bit and have some of her own realizations and skills and really push him. But if whoever Constantine is working with is constantly on her heels, that just wouldn’t service the show really well.”
That sounds like a really long-winded “it’s not you, it’s me” breakup routine. We’re not buying it. We want the real story.
In any case, the show will premiere on October 24, so you can expect news about who will fill the as-yet-uncasted role of Zed in the near future.