El Rey Renews ‘Matador’ For Second Season

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Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network has picked up a thirteen episode second season of their CIA drama Matador.

Matador follows the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But he is in fact a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. The series stars Gabriel Luna, 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.

The drama series hails from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and is produced by their K/O Productions banner. Matador marks the second original scripted series for El Rey, who entered the space earlier this year with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Entertainment One (eOne) is handling international distribution for Matador.

Matador is El Rey’s second original scripted drama series and the renewal comes ahead of the series’ premiere next week. With said renewal, El Rey has gone two-for-two with their original scripted dramas, having previously picked up a 13 episode second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. A sneak peek of the premiere episode launches demand platforms including iTunes, Vudu and Xbox 360.

“When Roberto first told me his concept for ‘Matador,’ I knew immediately that it had to have a home on El Rey”, said Robert Rodriguez, Founder and Chairman of El Rey Network. “This show exceeded every possible expectation we had in terms of great storytelling, incredible action and unique characters.”

While Roberto Orci added: “Working with Robert and El Rey has been such a unique experience. We’ve been given enormous creative freedom and have delivered the show exactly as we envisioned. We have so much story left to tell and thank El Rey and Robert for their unending support for a show that celebrates a new kind of hero on television.”