The show Marco Polo, which was created by John Fusco, first aired on Netflix on December 12, 2014. It is an American drama streaming TV series that draws inspiration from Marco Polo’s formative years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongol Empire and the esteemed founder of the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368).
The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role, with Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan. It was produced by The Weinstein Company.
The second season of the show debuted on July 1, 2016, and was renewed by Netflix for a 10-episode run. The production costs for the first season amounted to $90 million for its 10 episodes.
According to TV Tonights, the show “Marco Polo” has officially been canceled and there will be no release date for a second 10-episode season, which premiered on July 1, 2016, and on Netflix in December 2014.
It was canceled, becoming the first Netflix series to not reach a third season, and the show’s viewership fell significantly below its expenses. “Marco Polo” is a fictionalized portrayal of Marco Polo’s early years in service under Khan Kublai.
What is the reason for the cancellation of Marco Polo?
Netflix aired the series for two seasons and it was produced by The Weinstein Company. The termination of “Marco Polo” was a result of a combination of factors.
It was one of the most expensive shows ever produced at the time of its debut, and it was the first real gamble of the streaming service as an original content provider.
While the series may have failed to spark critical acclaim, it was a bold experiment that set the stage for future success, as other Netflix shows have shown.
There was a requirement for greater cultural enthusiasm encompassing it, and the program encountered unfavorable critiques. Consequently, it became the inaugural Netflix series to not be renewed for a third season, as the viewership figures significantly undershot the show’s cost, leading to its cancellation.
Despite completing the initial season, numerous viewers were deterred from giving the subsequent season a chance due to these obstacles. Alongside a foreseeable plot, the execution could have been less memorable, with average performances, uninteresting set designs, inadequate action sequences, and poorly coordinated martial arts scenes.
Netflix has been reluctant to cancel its offerings, but “Marco Polo” may become a sign that the streaming service is devoting more resources to selective cancellations.