No wonder Netflix cancelled Marco Polo. FierceCable reports the streaming platform lost $200 million on the recently axed TV series.
Netflix cancelled the historical drama earlier this month after only two seasons. The show chronicled the early days of the infamous explorer as he traveled through the Mongol Empire. The cast included Lorenzo Richelmy, Rick Yune, Benedict Wong, Claudia Kim, Remy Hii, Olivia Cheng, Mahesh Jadu, Tom Wu, Gabriel Byrne, and Michelle Yeoh.
While Netflix has not confirmed the number, FierceCable does report the show lost the streaming service around $200 million over the course of its two seasons. And though Netflix does not report ratings, Marco Polo never did receive the kind of critical attention the platform’s other original series, like Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things—have.
Earlier this year, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter that Marco Polo managed “what it was supposed to do.” No other reason was given for the cancellation, but it wouldn’t be surprising that the $200 million loss was part of the decision.
What do you think? Did you watch Marco Polo? Would you have watched a third season?
The show was casted well and a great storyline. I wished it lasted 3 to 4 seasons.
One of the all time best shows – the sets incredible , the acting stellar , the meshing of the story lines ingenious – Somebody stole money for this show to lose 200 mil
It was a great disappointment that Netflix will not do any more Marco Polo, I really enjoy it and would like to buy the right to the show and produce Season 3 4 5 and 6. I am contacting all possible venues to have a major producer take over and keep this great show going. Netflix really got this wrong it is a winner of a series just like Hell on Wheels, The Last Kingdom. Why do Netflix does not take input from his clients on rating the show is silly and dumb, WAKE UP Netflix or you will disappear… Read more »
We thoroughly enjoyed it. Something original and educational…NOT like Orange is the new Black, which is a show of low intelligence aimed at a audience base of which we are NOT.
Love the show. Happy to help if you need more actors.