Olé! El Rey Renews Soccer-Spy Drama Matador for Season 2, Ahead of the Show's Series Premiere

By Tim Surette

Jul 10, 2014

It appears to be El Rey's goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo *breath* ooooooooooooooooooooooooooal to keep its upcoming series Matador on the air for as long as possible. The upstart network, headed by director Robert Rodriguez, has ordered a 13-episode second season of its new soccer-spy drama Matador. And if you're thinking, "But wait a second, Matador hasn't even debuted yet!" you are absolutely correct. 

Matador, which premieres Tuesday, July 15, is one hell of a concept. Get this: It follows a CIA agent who goes undercover as a professional soccer player to expose corruption among the team's brass! So while he's trying to get closer to the truth, he also needs to play well enough to stay on the team. How radically ridiculous is that? Gabriel Luna, Nicky Whelan, and Alfred Molina star, and Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Dan Dworkin, and Jay Beattie created the series. 

I've actually seen the pilot and it's a total hoot. Very grindhouse, obviously, but set in the world of undercover spies and professional soccer. It is shamelessly accepting of what it is and has no ambition to ever win any awards, perfectly satisfied to stick to guns, soccer balls, and lots of running, which should appeal to El Rey's target audience of Latin-American men with lots of testosterone. 

Will you be watching Matador with me? Please say yes. 

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  • kou_shun_u Nov 14, 2014

    Dude, how did I not here about this show until now (Do I even have this channel)?

    Ah, because I was busy trying to watch every single World Cup game.

    But I'm guuna pretend its a prequel to Weiss Kruez about Ken, before the flower shop.

  • rishabhpb Jul 10, 2014

    Jeez, I was already going to watch it.

  • quickclean100 Jul 10, 2014

    looks good to me , but I don't get why they didn't put this on a day or two before the FIFA world cup?

  • kou_shun_u Nov 14, 2014

    uhhh because youd be too busy watching the world cup. it should have aired right after for when you need your soccer fix.

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  • mozekm Jul 10, 2014

    that's absolutely crazy! but crazy is not always bad
    soccer and spies

  • Mate Jul 10, 2014

    The pilot is on iTunes. I watched it. It is a bit campy and utterly absurd, it does however, somehow, work. It is interesting, the plots that they have set up seem like they are going to be fun. Plus, Nicky Whelan is yummy.

  • MarlboroMagpi Jul 10, 2014

    This sound like just the series for me. I am quite excited about watching it.

  • Whatsoever Jul 10, 2014