‘Marco Polo’ Latest News & Update: Netflix Cancels Show After Two Seasons
Netflix has confirmed the cancellation of "Marco Polo" Season 3. The Weinstein Co.-produced series will be the first Netflix original scripted series which will not have a third season.
"Marco Polo" was originally developed at Starz and premiered in Netflix in 2014. Its second season was premiered on July 1, 2016. The series' initial review was not up to the Mark. The Hollywood Reporter chief Tim Goodman called it "a middle mess".
Variety's Brian Lowry, on the other hand, stated, "While 'Marco Polo' possesses scope, scale and an inordinate amount of exposed skin, the series exhibits only a sporadic pulse. That leaves a property that can be fun taken strictly on its own terms, but deficient in the binge-worthy qualities upon which Netflix's distribution system has relied."
Reports are suggesting that both the seasons of "Marco Polo" have resulted in $200 million Loss for Netflix. Reports also revealed that the third season's cancellation is a decision taken by Netflix and TWC jointly.
Netflix VP original content Cindy Holland in her statement thanked the company's partners, actors and crew. She also expressed her gratitude to Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and TWC. The news of the series' cancellation has come months after Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that "Marco Polo" would end soon.
The series was executive produced by Dan Minahan, Joachim Ronning, John Fusco, Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Dave Erickson, Peter Friedlander, Espen Sandberg, Harvey Weinstein, and Bob Weinstein. It was produced by Electus and the Weinstein Co. The series had a global cast which included Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan, Joan Chen, Pierfrancesco Favino, Rick Yune, Amr Waked, Remy Hii, Zhu Zhu, Claudia Kim and much more.
"Marco Polo" is one of the few original series canceled by Netflix. Other series which will be canceled soon are "Bloodline" and "Hemlock Grove". "Bloodline" will end with its forthcoming Season 3 while "Hemlock Grove" will also end after the third season.