Robert Rodriguez launched El Rey Network a while back and has been the only place you can find old school Grindhouse, Kung Fu and assorted other cult entertainment. His ‘From Dusk Till Dawn – The Series’ has been making a murmur in the horror community as well but that murmur is about to become a roar as the following news just dropped and it’s all good!
“El Rey Network, the 24-hour English-language cable network founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, has finalized an acquisition deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to license the exclusive off-network cable rights for all episodes of the popular series “Constantine” and “Almost Human,” which will make their basic cable debuts beginning November 2015. Also under this multi-year agreement, El Rey Network will acquire several additional high-profile properties rolling out in 2015 and 2016. This includes the basic cable premiere of “Human Target” plus “V: The Series,” “Mortal Kombat: Conquest,” “Freddy’s Nightmares,” “The Twilight Zone,” “V Miniseries,” and “Night Visions.”
“We are proud to have these extremely popular titles make their off-network cable debuts on El Rey Network,” added Robert Rodriguez, Founder and Chairman, El Rey Network. “This is the kind of distinctive, action-packed content that viewers have come to expect on our air, and these franchises will be the perfect complement to our existing line-up of iconic and thrilling originals and acquisitions.” Financial terms were not disclosed.
Detailed information on El Rey Network’s acquired series is listed below:
“Constantine” (Airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET – 11:00p.m. ET beginning on November 3)
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.
“Almost Human” (Airs Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET – 11:00 p.m. ET beginning on November 9)
In 2048, police officer John Kennex wakes up from a 17-month coma without his girlfriend, his partner – and without one of his legs. While Kennex survived a catastrophic attack on the police department, his partner, relationship, and one limb did not. Now outfitted with highly sophisticated synthetic appendage – along with depression, trauma-onset OCD, and PTSD – Kennex is persuaded to come back to work by his longtime captain. As all cops are required to work with a robot, Kennex must overcome his aversion to androids and get accustomed to his new partner, a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses.
“Human Target” (Premieres in 2016)
The series follows the life of San Francisco-based Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a unique private contractor, bodyguard, and security expert hired to protect his clients. Rather than taking on the target’s identity himself (as in the comic book version), he protects his clients by completely integrating himself into their lives, to become a “human target.”
“Mortal Kombat: Conquest” (Premieres in 2015)
In a dark and mythical re-telling of classic tale of good versus evil, the TV series “Mortal Kombat: Conquest” follows the fierce warrior Kung Lao and his comrades Taja and Siro on their quest to protect the earth realm from falling under the control of the evil conqueror of realms Shao Kahn, ruler of the Outworld. Vital to the survival of mankind are warriors who can compete in Mortal Kombat. While combatants from Outworld have magic and darkness on their side, fighters from the Earth Realm have only their strength, both physical and mental, and belief that their cause is just and right.
“Freddy’s Nightmares” (Premieres in 2015)
Based on the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, “Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street the Series” is an anthology show hosted by Freddy Krueger. Krueger sometimes appeared in the episodes, but often he just hosted the strange, “Twilight Zone”-like stories about the residents of Springwood’s nightmares. Episodes consist of two stories, usually with a small character from the first half of the episode becoming the focus of the second half. In an unusual move for an anthology series, many episodes had sequels that documented the further adventures of characters who had appeared in previous episodes.”
Yeah, if you haven’t been able to convince your cable provider to pick El Rey up yet – get you ass on the phone and demand it.