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El Rey’s ‘Matador’ Cancelled

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network has cancelled “Matador,” the espionage drama created by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

The network clearly had cold feet after renewing the show for season two ahead of its series premiere on July 15. The spy thriller’s first season ended its 13-episode run last month. Rodriguez directed the pilot episode.

“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,” El Rey said in a statement. “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.”

Matador” was the first project under a multi-year international distribution deal between El Rey and Entertainment One. The series cancellation was reportedly prompted by weak international sales.

The show was El Rey’s second original scripted series following Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.” It starred Gabriel Luna as a professional soccer player who led a double life as CIA operative, Alfred Molina, Nicky Whelan and Neil Hopkins.

Deadline was first to report the show’s cancellation.

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