Called by critics as the Latino version of James Bond, “Matador” was originally commissioned for season two. But as reported by Deadline over the weekend, El Rey Network has decided to cancel the series. Read on to find out what happened.
The cancellation of “Matador” was due to the fact that the series wasn’t able to receive favorable interest among international viewers. According to the report, the show did well in the U.S. market, where it aired in a network that was still on its first year of operation, but it failed to capture an audience outside the U.S.
“Ultimately it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level-creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes,” said El Rey in a press released as published on Deadline.
“We want to thank everyone involved, from the extraordinarily talented cast and crew to the amazing production team. We appreciate all that they have done and look forward to the opportunity to work with them in the future,” the network added.
“Matador” was created and directed by Robert Rodriguez, whose other series, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” also runs on El Rey and was renewed for a second season. The show is based on the movie of the same name, which Rodriguez was also part of.
“Matador” is a story about a soccer star played by actor Gabriel Luna who becomes the mole for the CIA. As Tony Bravo, aka Matador, he was tasked to uncover conspiracies that would have him doing investigations all over the world. The series also starred Alfred Molina, Neil Hopkins, Nicky Whelan, Eve Torres, Isabella Gomes, Jonny Cruz, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Margot Bingham and Elizabet Pena.
The show was launched in July 2014 and aired for 13 episodes. Before the series debuted, the show actually received a second season renewal. The first season culminated in October 2014.
Incidentally, Rodriguez co-owns the El Rey Network along with FactoryMade Ventures and Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
And that’s the news on “Matador,” which will no longer be pushing forward with a second season. The series has been effectively canceled by El Rey Network.
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