El Rey Network is adding a pair of new pop-culture evening talk shows, one built around East Los Angeles TV/radio personality Chuey Martinez and the other a geek-fandom panel show. They debut on Thursday, May 2, at 10 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET on the network.
The Chuey Martinez Show (30 minutes) "aims to celebrate all things music, gaming, art, culture, and entertainment along with a healthy smattering of off-the-wall comedy and irreverent skits," El Rey Network said. El Rey Nation Show, also 30 minutes, will feature "a diverse ensemble of social media stars discussing and dissecting the worlds of gaming, film, and comic books. The talk show is an enthusiastic celebration of fan culture and full of impassioned opinions. It was created to tap into the larger pop-culture conversation and serve as a platform and a voice to the loyal viewers and all of El Rey Nation." Both are produced in Los Angeles.
“From its launch, El Rey Network has created opportunities for Latinos in front and behind the camera,” Daniel Tibbets, the president and general manager of El Rey Network. “We are continuing that mission by introducing our fans to the extraordinary talent featured on both of these new shows.”
The El Rey Nation Show panel features: Hector Navarro, who's worked with Geek & Sundry and Nerdist, hosted an animation podcast for Nickelodeon and currently can be seen on DC Daily; Kelly Nugent, an actor, comedian, gamer and podcaster who can be found GMing or Role Playing on HyperRPG and Saving Throw Show; Vanessa Gritton, a writer, stand-up comedian and sketch performer, notably with Nightchurch, a sketch horror-comedy team; Cameron Rice, a director and photographer who’s performed and written in the Los Angeles comedy scene as well as in the San Francisco Sketchfest, Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and the Sacramento Comedy Festival; Vivian Martinez, a stand-up comedian from Los Angeles who has opened for Nick Thune and performs throughout the city; and Omar Najam, a writer, director and avid RPG player from the Bay Area who has performed improv and produced videos for companies such as Geek & Sundry, DC Comics, BBC America, FOX and Disney XD.
El Rey Network is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios Inc.