El Rey Network Renews ‘Matador’ for Season 2

Gabriel Luna and Alfred Molina star in spy/soccer thriller

El Rey Network has renewed the spy soccer thriller “Matador” for a second season — nearly a week before the series debuts.

The announcement came Thursday at El Rey’s Television Critics Association panel. “Matador” will get another 13 episodes in its second run.

The show follows the Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna), an undercover DEA agent turned deep undercover professional soccer player. It also stars Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins and Tanc Sade. “Matador” was created by Roberto Orci.

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

“Working with Robert and El Rey has been such a unique experience,” Orci added. “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.”

“Matador” premieres on Robert Rodriguez‘s network at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.