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TCA: El Rey Renews ‘Matador’ For Second Season

Beverly Hills -- El Rey has greenlit a second season of its original soccer-themed series Matador ahead of the show’s July 15 premiere, the network said during its Thursday Television Critics Association summer tour session.

The series, which follows a professional soccer player who also serves as CIA operative, will debut on the upstart Hispanic-themed, general entertainment network next Tuesday, said network vice chairman Scott Sassa. El Rey will sneak peek the premiere episode on various platforms including iTunes, Vudu and Xbox 360.

 The 13-episode second season of the series will launch in 2015.

"It fit the mode of what I wanted to do right away with the network,” said El Rey founder and chairman Robert Rodriguez on the network’s decision to greenlight a second season for Matador. “This show exceeded every possible expectation we had in terms of great storytelling, incredible action and unique characters.”

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

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