9:07am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Netflix's 'Marco Polo' Renewed for Second Season
Netflix opened the semi-annual Television Critics Association's winter press tour with a bit of breaking news: Period drama Marco Polo will be back for a second season.
The drama, originally developed for Starz, will return for a second round of 10 episodes, with production returning later this year.
The series launched in December to mixed reviews — THR's chief TV critic Tim Goodman was not kind to it — but Marco Polo represents a major international push for the streaming platform.
The drama, produced by the Weinstein Co. and Electus, stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and features a cast that includes Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, Claudia Kim and Rick Yune. The drama was created by John Fusco and counts exec producers including Dan Minahan, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Netflix on Wednesday also announced premiere dates for new series including Marvel's Daredevil (April 10), Bloodline (March 20), The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March 6) as well as Grace and Frankie (May 8).
Marco Polo joins a roster of originals at Netflix including BoJack Horseman, The Crown, House of Cards, Longmire, Love, Narcos, Orange Is the New Black and more.