Netflix Renews 'Marco Polo' For Second Season

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Netflix's latest original series (at least for grown-ups) Marco Polo hasn't even been available for a month yet, and it got mixed reviews at best, but that's not stopping the company from bringing it back for a second season.

Netflix announced the news on Wednesday, saying that it has a new ten-episode chapter in the works. The company said:

Marco Polo, the sweeping adventure that follows the famed explorer’s exploits in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China, will return to delight the global Netflix audience. Creator John Fusco’s tale of Marco’s journey will continue for 10 all-new episodes as Marco navigates Kublai Khan’s world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry. Fusco serves as executive producer along with Dan Minahan. Academy-Award nominated directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg also serve as executive producers. Season one was shot in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy. Produced by The Weinstein Company, the series stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and features Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, Claudia Kim and Rick Yune.

The show has often been described as Netflix's answer to Game of Thrones, albeit a lackluster one. I can't vouch for such assessments, as I've yet to watch the series personally, but that's the general gist of what I've taken away from those who have. Of course I put little stock into the reviews of others, so I wouldn't advise you to do so.

Early renewals for original shows have been pretty commonplace for Netflix so far. Orange is the New Black's second season was picked up even before the first one debuted. Hemlock Grove was quickly renewed despite less than favorable reviews, though its upcoming third season is to be its last.

It's unclear when Netflix expects to debut Marco Polo: Season 2.

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