El Rey renews Matador

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network has ordered a second season of its original drama Matador, and acquired rights to classic cop show Miami Vice.



Matador follows the unlikely rise of Tony “Matador” Bravo, a professional soccer player for the LA Riot who becomes known as much his antics off the pitch as his moves on it – when in fact he is an undercover CIA agent.

Picked up for a 13-episode second season, it stars Gabriel Lina, Alfred Molina, Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, and Tanc Sade.

Matador is created by Roberto Orci, Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie and Andrew Orci, with Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Dworkin and Beattie executive producing with Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products, Rodriguez, John Fogelman, and Cristina Patwa.

Entertainment One had international distribution rights.

Meanwhile, El Rey has picked up 1980s police drama Miami Vice from distributor NBCUniversal Television.

It will air all 111 episodes of the series, which first debuted on NBC in 1984 and ran for five seasons.

Miami Vice will debut on El Rey in January 2015, with rights running until December 2016.