El Rey Renews From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series for Season 2
In the words of TV.com's own Tim Surette, "Wowza, that was quick." After only three episodes, Robert Rodriquez's El Rey Network has renewed its first original scripted series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series for Season 2. Based on the 1996 cult film written by Quentin Tarantino, the new series was adapted for television by Rodriquez (who also directed the film) and Carlos Coto (Nikita, 24). The second season will be slightly longer than the first, expanding from 10 episodes to the more standard (on cable, anyway) count of 13.
The early renewal is surprising, but it's likely the result of a number of factors, like the fact that From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series offers a different take on the vampire genre, which has definitely reached a saturation point with regard to focusing on paranormal romances instead of inspiring fear in viewers' hearts. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series knows its limits and it relishes campiness. But El Rey is also a very young network, having only launched in 2013, and Rodriquez needed a series to anchor it. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which came with a built-in audience in the form of fans of the original film and its subsequent straight-to-DVD sequels, makes a good argument for being that anchor. The show also has a deal with Netflix, which distributes it through a run-of-series license in Canada, Ireland, Nordics, Netherlands, the U.K., and Latin America.
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