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Is Netflix, Inc. (NFLX)’s Marco Polo A $90 Million Flop?

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is all set to premier its 10-episode historical drama series, ‘Marco Polo’. The company has invested a lot of money, close to $90 million into this series and hope that this would fetch them a lot of money like other successful series like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the new black’. TV Critic and Assistant Managing Editor at San Francisco Chronicles, David Wiegand talked on CNBC about the new series ‘Marco Polo’.


Wiegand said that many people are comparing the new series ‘Marco Polo’ with a very successful series’ Game of Thrones’. He thinks that people are not comparing both the series in comparative way but in a aspirational way. He feels that it is not appropriate to compare it against a successful series like ‘Game of Thrones’.

He feels that Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is slowly building up this base with series like these. He said that they have had a lot of success with numerous programs in the past and are trying to repeat the same success with this new series.

“It is Netflix’s bid to cover yet another base of programming. I think that’s an important factor here. This is a great big saga and if you look at how Netflix has built its programming over the last couple of years, they have got comedy, they have done ‘House of Cards’, they have done ‘Orange is the new black’ and they built things bit by bit to prove that they are competitors across the larger playing fiels,” Wiegand said.

Wiegand talked about ‘Marco Polo’ and said that if the viewer is awake till 5th episode, it’s really watchable and good after that. CNBC’s Jon Fortt added that this series has some beautiful imagery and naked martial arts and questioned if the critics might be wrong about this series being a flop.

Wiegand said that this show has a lot of nudity and naked martial arts associated with it, which might attract attention of some people, but he feels that this might not go good with larger population including women. He said that this show is very dark visually and he feels that the series moves very slowly. He added that there are a lot of good performances in it though. But is not sure if that is good enough to keep people engaged.

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