Netflix has renewed their period drama Marco Polo for a 10 episode second season, the streaming giant’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
Marco Polo, from John Fusco and The Weinstein Company, follows the famed explorer’s journey as it takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China, a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles. The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen The 10 episode first season has been available to subscribers in all territories where Netflix has a presence since December 12th.
In addition to announcing that they had renewed Marco Polo for a second season, which is expected to launch later this year, Netflix also set premiere dates for four original series. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt kicks off its first season on Friday March 6th, Bloodline from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler premieres on Friday March 20th, the 13 episode Marvel series Daredevil follows on Friday April 10th, while the Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda comedy Grace & Frankie debuts on Friday May 8th.
Ted Sarandos also addressed the release schedule of their Marvel series. Following the debut of Daredevil, Netflix expects to launch a new Marvel series every 8-12 months, though Sarandos refused to rule out a 2015 premiere for Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones starring Kristen Ritter and Mike Colter. He also confirmed that he was keen to greenlight a fifth season of Arrested Development, but said that the hectic schedules of the stars made that problematic.