The El Rey Network announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that its first original scripted drama, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, will premiere on Tuesday, March 11 at 9/8c.
Network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will direct the first, second and fourth of Season 1’s 10 total episodes, while Emmy winner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) will oversee make-up effects. Nikita executive producer Carlos Coto will serve as showrunner.
Described by Rodriguez as “a complete retelling of the original story” featured in his and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 movie of the same name, the series’ cast includes D.J. Cotrona (Detroit 1-8-7) and Zane Holtz (Make It or Break It) as brothers Seth and “Richie” Gecko, Robert Patrick (The X-Files) as former pastor Jacob Fuller, Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show) and Don Johnson (Nash Bridges) as Texas Rangers, Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium, Jesse Garcia (Sons of Anarchy), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Jake Busey (Good Vibes) and Lane Garrison (Prison Break).
In success, the plan is for each season to take place — wait for it — from dusk till dawn of one day.
El Rey also revealed details on Matador, a new action series being produced by Sleepy Hollow‘s Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and set to premiere in summer 2014. Loosely inspired by the life of Major League Baseball catcher Morris “Moe” Berg, it will revolve around Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a popular soccer star whose sports career is but a cover. In truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA.
It was also announced that Emmy-winning reality-TV uberprodcer Mark Burnett has signed with El Rey to create a new sports business in the U.S. featuring lucha libre wrestling, beginning in the second half of 2014 with a weekly series featuring a new lucha libre league.