El Rey kicked off its 2014 summer press tour panel with big news about its new original scripted series “Matador”: It’s getting Season 2.
The story about a soccer star-turned-undercover CIA agent kicks off its 13-episode Season 1 on Tuesday (July 15), and even then got a straight-to-series order. El Rey Vice Chairman Scott Sassa says creators Roberto and Andrew Orci, Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin turned around Season 1 in just six months, which is part of what propelled the network to pick it up to Season 2.
We “absolutely wanted to do another season, because we’re already in [episode] 11 and we know there’s more to tell,” El Ray founder Robert Rodriguez says during “Matador’s” press panel. Sassa notes that the early series renewal gives the crew “more time to prepare for next season.”
Rodriguez directed an episode in Season 1, and hopes to come back in Season 2. Roberto Orci is in the same situation, and says the early renewal allows him to coordinate time to contribute to a second season, as he is lined up to direct “Star Trek 3.”
“We’re already talking about what next season will be,” Orci says. Rodriguez adds, “We’re just so happy with the season already. … It fits right in with our network. It’s kicka**. It’s unpredictable.”
One of Rodriguez’s big goals for El Rey is to make sure that the underrepresented demographics of America, particularly the Latino community, have a place on TV. “I think it’s something very important for the country that you see yourself represented in the media,” he says. “That was really the mission of El Rey.”
“Matador’s” hero, Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna), doesn’t speak Spanish, and Orci says he “doesn’t necessarily need to like tequila if [he’s] Latino James Bond.” Similarly, the show always knew it would refer to its central sport as “soccer,” not “futbol” like it would be referred to in Latin countries.
“Originally we were calling it “balls” — “Pelotas,” Orci admits to laughter from the show’s panel.
“Matador” premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on El Rey.