From Dusk till Dawn: The Series
|From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series|
Season one title card
|Based on||From Dusk till Dawn
by Quentin Tarantino
|Developed by||Robert Rodriguez|
|Opening theme||"After Dark" by Chingon|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes
|Original network||El Rey|
|Original release||March 11, 2014– present|
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is an American horror television series developed by Robert Rodriguez. It forms part of the franchise of film, direct-to-video, comic and cult following of From Dusk till Dawn, expanding on the chronicles of the Gecko Brothers, Seth and Richie; The Fuller family; and Santanico Pandemonium. The series premiered on March 11, 2014, on Rodriguez's newly launched channel El Rey. Outside the United States and Latin America, the series is marketed as a Netflix original. It is being produced by FactoryMade Ventures in association with Miramax and executive produced by Rodriguez.
The series adds to the tone of the film, with new characters and backstories, while expanding the creatures' Mesoamerican mythology. On October 26, 2015, it was renewed for a third season, which aired from September 6 to November 1, 2016. It looks as if the series has either been cancelled or may be rebooted with an all new cast as Deadline has reported that the actors have been released from their contracts as of October 31, 2016.
In this supernatural crime series, Seth Gecko and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko, are wanted by the FBI and Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez after a bank robbery left several people, including policemen and Gonzalez's mentor Texas Ranger Earl McGraw, dead. Heading for the Mexico border pursued by Gonzalez, the Geckos encounter former minister Jacob Fuller and his family, whom they take hostage by commandeering the Fullers' RV. Drug lord Don Carlos reroutes them to a strip club populated by snakelike people that all must fight for food to survive until dawn.
Cast and characters
|D. J. Cotrona||Seth Gecko||Main|
|Zane Holtz||Richie Gecko||Main|
|Jesse Garcia||Ranger Ferdinand "Freddie" Gonzalez||Main|
|Eiza González||Santanico Pandemonium / Kisa||Main|
|Madison Davenport||Kate Fuller / Amaru||Main|
|Brandon Soo Hoo||Scott Fuller||Main|
|Robert Patrick||Jacob Fuller||Main|
|Wilmer Valderrama||Carlos Madrigal||Main|
|Jake Busey||Aidan "Sex Machine" Tanner||Recurring[a]||Main|
|Esai Morales||Lord Amancio Malvado||Main|
|Danny Trejo[b]||The Regulator||Main|
|Don Johnson/Jesse Johnson[c]||Ranger Earl McGraw||Main||Guest|
|Jamie Tisdale||Margaret Gonzalez||Recurring|
|Manuel Garcia-Rulfo||Narciso Menendez||Recurring|
|Brandon Smith||Captain Chance Holbrook||Recurring|
|Samantha Esteban||Monica Garza||Recurring|
|Briana Evigan||Sonja Lam||Recurring|
|Patrick Davis||Rafa Infante||Recurring|
|Alicia Sanz||Paloma Gutierrez||Recurring|
|Jeff Fahey||Uncle Eddie Cruickshank||Recurring|
|Emily Rios||Ximena Vasconcelos||Recurring|
|Ana de la Reguera||Lord Venganza Verdugo||Recurring|
|Nicky Whelan||Dr. Dakota Block||Recurring|
From Dusk till Dawn is the first scripted original series on Robert Rodriguez's El Rey network. Series creator and showrunner Rodriguez, who also directed the pilot and other episodes, stated the original film is "one of the favorite movies that I did in the past with Quentin [Tarantino] and one that people still ask us about today." He added, "There was so much I wanted to explore in that movie that I didn't get to. And I delved a little deeper into Mesoamerican mythologies and Aztec and Mayan mythologies and where a vampire culture could have existed back then and found fascinating stuff."
In Australia, the series premiered on SBS 2 on July 1, 2014.
In the UK, the series has been broadcast on Spike since January 4, 2016, as From Dusk Till Dawn.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||March 11, 2014||May 20, 2014|
|2||10||August 25, 2015||October 27, 2015|
|3||10||September 6, 2016||November 1, 2016|
From Dusk till Dawn has received mostly favorable reviews. Review aggregator site Metacritic has given the season a "generally favorable" score of 61 out of 100, based on nine critics. On another review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 69% rating with an average rating of 6.2 out of 10, based on thirteen reviews. It was picked #1 on Entertainment Weekly's Must list and as one of the Hottest New Fiction Shows by The Hollywood Reporter.
|2015||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best TV Supporting Actor||Zane Holtz||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Limited Run Television Series||From Dusk Till Dawn||Nominated|
Season 1 soundtrack
The soundtrack for season 1, named From Dusk Till Dawn, Season 1 (Music from the Original Series), was released on May 5, 2015 through Chingon Music. The album features music by Robert Rodriguez's band Chingon (tracks 1–6) and series composer Carl Thiel (tracks 7–20).
|1.||"After Dark (Spanish Version)" (Tito & Tarantula cover; series theme song)||5:54|
|2.||"Hey Baby Que Paso"||3:08|
|6.||"Cuka Rocka (Extended)"||6:11|
|7.||"It's Gonna Be a Long Day"||2:07|
|8.||"The Lost Shepherd"||2:52|
|9.||"Blood in the Sand"||1:31|
|10.||"Encounter in Room 207"||1:56|
|11.||"Border Station Shootout"||1:53|
|12.||"Beyond the Border"||1:57|
|13.||"A Lover's Prelude"||1:58|
|16.||"A New World"||1:39|
|17.||"Labyrinth of the Mind"||2:15|
|18.||"The Trial Begins"||2:44|
|19.||"Cheyenne or Phoenix"||1:29|
|20.||"The Pyramid and the Farewell"||3:34|
- Jake Busey was listed in the title credits for the first episode of the first season in which he appeared, and was subsequently relegated to recurring cast for the remainder of the season.
- Although part of main cast in Season 2, Danny Trejo was credited as "special appearance".
- Both actors played the same character at different stages of the series, with different ages. Additionally, despite being part of the main cast, Johnson is only credited for the episodes he appears in.
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- Lawler, Richard (March 6, 2014). "'From Dusk Till Dawn' TV series R rated version is a Netflix original -- but only outside the US". Engadget. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
- Hunter, Craig (November 15, 2013). "T2's Robert Patrick & More Join 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series'". The Hollywood News. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
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- "'From Dusk Till Dawn' Gets Third Season on El Rey". Variety. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 31, 2016). "‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ Releases Cast As El Rey Ponders Future". deadline. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
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- "Robert Rodriguez on Twitter: "So cool! @EW picked #FromDuskTillDawn as #1 on THE MUST LIST."". Twitter.com. 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
- "MIPTV: The Hottest New Fiction Shows (Photos)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
- "The 2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Winners and Full Results!". Fangoria.com. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
- Blake, Emily (2015-03-03). "2015 Saturn Awards: 'Captain America: Winter Soldier,' 'Walking Dead' lead nominees". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
- "From Dusk Till Dawn, Season 1 (Music from the Original Series) by Various Artists on iTunes". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
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