In advance of the series’ July 15 premiere, El Rey Network said during today’s TCA session that it has ordered a 13-episode second season of the soccer-themed spy thriller Matador, from writer-producer Roberto Orci. A sneak peek of the premiere episode becomes available this week on iTunes, Vudu, Xbox 360 and other platforms. The move comes after the nacent network in March renewed its first original scripted series, From Dusk Til Dawn, two weeks into its run.
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Gabriel Luna stars in Matador as Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a soccer star who in reality uses his sports career for a cover as a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA. Alfred Molina, Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Tanc Sade, Yvette Monreal, Elizabeth Peña, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Sammi Rotibi, Jonny Cruz, Isabella Gomez and Peter Gadiot co-star. Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie are showrunning and exec producing along with Orci, Alex Kurtzman and consulting producer Andrew Orci.
Luna, Molina, Roberto Orci, Dworkin, and Beattie were on today’s panel, along with EP Roberto Rodriguez, EP/director and El Rey network founder.
The creative team weighed in on the network’s decision to order a second season of the show before the July 15 series debut. “It just fit in with what we wanted to do … this is why I created the network,” said Rodriguez, who trumpeted the network’s commitment to diversity by saying that at least 50% of the network’s talent both in front of and behind the camera is diverse. “We are so happy with the season already, we are on episode 11. It fits right in with our network. It’s kickass, the characters are really engaging, it’s your dream kind of show to do.”
El Rey also announced today that Season 2 of the Robert Rodriguez scripted drama From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, begins production in Austin in October. The second season will be 13 episodes, expanding from Season 1’s 10 episodes.
In addition, beginning Wednesday October 8, El Rey Network will add a second night of programming with two new previously announced unscripted series, producer Mark Burnett’s Lucha: Uprising (WT), featuring what the network calls “character-driven freestyle wrestling” and inspired by the Mexican franchise Lucha Libre, and Cutting Edge, about contemporary barbers.
The network also announced that NBC’s 1984 series Miami Vice will join El Rey’s lineup beginning in January, 2015.