It came to no surprise that yesterday Netflix has announced that it’s latest venture into original programming will be getting a second season. The first season received mixed reviews. It scored only 5/10 from a number of major media outlets. Many critics have said how it’s a slow show with only rare occasions where the show takes off and a mismatched and disjointed story. This show is a departure from Netflix's usual productions, as it features a larger budget and a longer time frame. It is set in China 13th-century and follows Marco Polo's journey, meeting famous historical icons. The show beats HBO’s Game of Thrones in respect to budget as $90 million was budgeted for the whole of season 1. It’s yet to be known the budget of the new series.
Netflix released the statement, along with a timeline for more of its original series, saying that ‘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.’ It’s expected that the new season will join Netflix in full again roughly the same time as last year which is mid-December.
This move shows Netflix’s continued commitment for providing its own catalogue of content rather than relying on its partners content, which as time goes on becomes more and more scarce given the competition arising from rivals Amazon and Hulu. The first season of Marco Polo can be viewed on Netflix around the world.