Reports came out over the weekend that it was happening, but there can be no doubts with this morning's confimation from El Rey Network:
EL REY NETWORK, MARK BURNETT AND MGM GREENLIGHT THIRD SEASON OF ‘LUCHA UNDERGROUND'Austin, TX- February 1, 2016 - El Rey Network, Emmy Award®-winning producer Mark Burnett and MGM today announced that the popular Lucha Libre wrestling series "Lucha Underground" will return for a third season. The chant starting, blood pumping, action-packed, character-driven series will begin production on the third season immediately in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles and will premiere on El Rey Network in early 2017. Season Two debuted on El Rey Network on January 27th and airs on Wednesdays at 8:00pm ET/PT.
"‘Lucha Underground' has caught fire by developing a loyal and passionate fan base," said El Rey Network Chairman and Founder Robert Rodriguez. "I am proud that its home is El Rey Network, and we're excited to announce a season three return for even more no-holds-barred action."
"I am so excited that the fans will be able to continue to enjoy the incredible action and stories," said Executive Producer Mark Burnett.
Ancient tradition, extraordinary athleticism, and a flare for theatrics combine in El Rey Network's wrestling series, "Lucha Underground." The riveting original introduces American audiences to the high-flying aerial maneuvers, slingshot moves, dramatic masks, intricate, rapid-fire combinations and distinctive wrestling techniques of lucha libre, one of Mexico's most popular sports. Fans have a ringside seat as masked villains and heroes face off to battle for wrestling supremacy. The weekly series provides enthusiastic viewers with an incredibly visceral and explosive experience with a focus on the artistry, originality, intense action and over-the-top characters that have come to define this phenomenal fan-favorite. A celebration of lucha libre's long-standing Mesoamerican heritage and culture dating back to 1863, this is programming that must be seen to be believed.
"Lucha Underground" is produced by MGM in association with FactoryMade Ventures and AG Studios for El Rey Network. Executive producers are Mark Burnett, Eric Van Wagenen (also showrunner) and Brian Edwards of MGM; Dorian Roldán from Lucha Libre AAA; Alejandro Garcia and Antonio Cué Sánchez-Navarro; El Rey Network co-founder Robert Rodriguez; FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa and Skip Chaisson of Skip Films and El Rey Network. The series airs on El Rey Network and is distributed internationally byMGM.
This is a quick turnaround for a show many were worried would never see a second season. Fans have rallied around the concept, however, and while solid numbers aren't out for the debut episode of that sophomore campaign (from last Wednesday, Jan. 27), the tremendous amount of buzz has obviously convinced El Rey head Rodriguez, Survivor producer Burnett and their teams that great reviews are going to translate into money at some point.
The early announcement should also help to allay fears from current and prospective audience members that a storyline they invest in won't be resolved, and remove a potential barrier to viewership.
(Still) no news on an on-demand streaming option for past episodes or a DVD/Blu Ray release of season one, but good news nonetheless!