7 October 2014
| 5.9/10 |
El Rey Network
| Roberto Orci
Roberto Orci, Dan Dworkin, Andrew Orci, Jay Beattie
Nicky Whelan, Gabriel Luna, Alfred Molina, Tanc Sade, Neil Hopkins
Matador is an American television series co-created by Roberto Orci, Andrew Orci, Dan Dworkin, and Jay Beattie. The series chronicled the rise of popular soccer star Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna), known for his exploits both on and off the field. Unbeknownst to the public and his family, he is also a skilled covert operative performing missions for a branch of the CIA. The series premiered on July 15, 2014, on the newly launched channel El Rey Network.
Executive producers are showrunners Beattie and Dworkin, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products, and Robert Rodriguez along with FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Beattie and Dworkin wrote the first episode, which was directed by Rodriguez.
Despite originally being renewed for a second season prior to its premiere, El Rey canceled the show, citing a lack of international success.
Matador (U.S. TV series) Wikipedia
In this scripted action series, Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is a DEA agent recruited by the CIA to infiltrate the Los Angeles Riot, a professional soccer team. The CIA suspects the Riot's owner, Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina), of using his vast resources to fund illicit activities. During team tryouts, Bravo seriously injures one of the Riot players in a confrontation on the field, initially earning the ire of the owner and the team. When footage of the incident goes viral, earning Bravo the nickname "Matador", Galan sees marketing potential in his popular new star.Gabriel Luna as Tony "Matador" Bravo, soccer player for the L.A. Riot and CIA mole
Nicky Whelan as Annie Mason
Neil Hopkins as Noah Peacott
Alfred Molina as Andrés Galan, owner of the L.A. Riot soccer franchise
Tanc Sade as Alec Holester, star striker for the L.A. Riot and former English National Player
Yvette Monreal as Senna Galan, a celebutante and daughter of L.A. Riot team owner Andrés Galan
Elizabeth Peña as Maritza Sandoval, mother to Tony, Ricky, and Cristina
Julio Oscar Mechoso as Javi Sandoval, Maritza's husband and father to Tony, Ricky, and Cristina
Louis Ozawa Changchien as Samuel, Galan's dangerous chief enforcer and right hand man
Sammi Rotibi as Didi Akinyele, assistant head coach for the L.A. Riot
Jonny Cruz as Ricky Sandoval, son of Maritza and Javi, who is currently in prison
Isabella Gomez as Cristina Sandoval, teenage daughter of Maritza and Javi
Peter Gadiot as Caesar, a former dancer
Christopher Cousins as CIA Deputy Director Llewyn Wayne Smith, who is in charge of the department recruiting Tony
Eve Torres as Reyna Flores, a sideline journalist reporting on Tony's career
Margot Bingham as Abigail "Billie" Fisher, a CIA analyst
Production for Matador began on April 3, 2014.
Matador has received favorable reviews. On Metacritic, the show holds a score of 62 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 67% based on 12 reviews, with the consensus reading: "Though choppy at times, Matador is fast-paced, silly fun that benefits from not taking itself too seriously".