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'Matador' First Look: Gabriel Luna leads a dangerous double life -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In El Rey’s next original series Matador, Gabriel Luna plays a star soccer player — nicknamed “Matador” — who is using his athletic career as a cover for his life as a covert operative working for the CIA, a secret that no one knows about. And an identity crisis inevitably ensues.

Judging by the first look at the series in the teaser below, Matador’s sure to be an action-packed drama: In the 30-second promo alone, we see lots of running (both toward soccer balls and, presumably, away from bad guys), fights, bloodied hands, and guns. Who knew soccer players led such dangerous lives?

Matador was created by Roberto Orci, Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie, and Andrew Orci for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey Network and stars Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Alfred Molina, and Tanc Sade. The new series premieres July 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

Watch the exclusive teaser below:

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Adrianne Palicki's 'From Dusk Till Dawn' debut: Watch a sneak peek -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki is back on the small screen this week in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on the El Rey Network. She plays Vanessa Styles, a woman from Seth Gecko’s (D.J. Cotrona) past.

EW has an exclusive clip of  Palicki in the March 25 episode, titled “Mistress,” directed by Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project), in which she insinuates to Seth that his brother Richie (Zane Holtz), known for his violent, unpredictable behavior, may be suffering form mental illness, to which Seth sharply responds with a finger in her face, “He’s not crazy.”

The 10-episode, hour-long series is the network’s first scripted original and is based on the cult-classic film of the same name from Rodriguez.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on El Rey Network.

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InsideTV Podcast: Robert Rodriguez drops intel on new 'From Dusk Till Dawn' TV series

A lot of movie directors have been dabbling in television lately. But how many start their own freakin’ TV network? That would be one. And that one would be Robert Rodriguez. The director and now founder of the El Rey network stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week to talk all about his new “video mix tape” and the super-cool programming they have in store. Of course, at the top of this super-cool list is a new TV version of his 1996 cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn (starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, with a screenplay by Tarantino).

So how similar or different will the TV series be? “The film, you only have a limited time to tell a story, and any character that Quentin creates, they can live and breathe for so much more than that,” says Rodriguez. “And so I decided to take the idea of the movie, retell it in a way, add new characters and have different things happen to characters you know and love, and really set up the story to sustain itself for several seasons. We get a lot more into the mythology of the temple where they go, and build up that mythology. You see some sign posts to what the movie had offered story-wise, but it goes in completely different directions.” READ FULL STORY

Robert Rodriguez's El Rey network casts Adrianne Palicki, two more in 'From Dusk Till Dawn' -- EXCLUSIVE

Grindhouse guy Robert Rodriguez is diversifying — and he’s got a would-be Wonder Woman on board as well.

Rodriguez is currently launching a new 24-hour cable channel called El Rey Network, which plans to “unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone” — according to a press release, at least. Its content will include cult classic films, next-gen sports, and original series like From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, a 10-episode supernatural crime saga inspired by Rodriguez’s 1996 feature.

The drama’s cast already includes Wilmer Valderrama as criminal mastermind Carlos, D.J. Cotrona of Dear John as bank robber Seth Gecko (a role played by George Clooney in the film), Zane Holtz of The Perks of Being a Wallflower as his volatile brother Richie (played by Quentin Tarantino in the film), and Jesse Garcia of Sons of Anarchy as Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez.

Now EW has learned of three more additions to the cast: Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki, Jake Busey (yes, son of Gary), and Lane Garrison, late of the multi-network miniseries Bonnie & Clyde. Palicki plays Vanessa Styles, a woman from Seth Gecko’s past. Busey plays eccentric, mythology-obsessed professor Aiden Tanner. And Garrison is Pete, a liquor store clerk who gets more than he bargained for when the Gecko brothers enter his shop.

From Dusk Till Dawn will be the fledgling network’s first scripted original. Though a premiere date for the series has not yet been announced, El Rey is available nationally beginning this week.

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