TVLine Items: Netflix Casts Marco Polo, GH Alum to Days, The CW Goes Backpacking and More

Marco Polo Lorenzo RichelmyNetflix has found its Marco Polo.

Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy will play the title role in the streaming service’s upcoming original series.

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The international cast also includes Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen).

The drama  — which will debut late this year — is set in 1200s China, a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* General Hospital‘s Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney) is moving to Salem with a stint on Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera Digest reports. The actress begins her role, which ties into Liam’s storyline, on April 22.

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* Conan will broadcast a week of shows from San Diego’s Spreckels Theater during next year’s Comic-Con, from July 8-12, 2015.

* The CW will broadcast 10 episodes of Backpackers, a comedy from its digital studio CW Seed starring Dillon Casey (Nikita) and Noah Reid (Alphas, Rookie Blue), per The Hollywood Reporter. The online installments will make up the first four episodes.

* George Wendt (Cheers), Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) and Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black) will star in a TBS comedy pilot from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, revolving around a barber shop in Charlestown, Mass.

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  1. S. says:

    I’ve never watched any series just because I thought the actor is hot, but… damn, he’s HOT!

  2. joao says:

    I love ashley tisdale and I think she’s a good comedy actress, so I hope this works out for her bc all of her last projects (including the ones she guest starred) got cancelled

  3. I was hoping that Starz would move forward with Marco Polo, but I’m happy that it’ll ended on Netfilx. I think the idea of them filming in China was cool, too bad it wasn’t possible.

  4. Cassie says:

    George Wendt and Ashley Tisdale walk into a barber shop…

  5. rod says:

    How come the CW is picking up Backpackers and is not picking up its most watched (CW Seed) and critically acclaimed show Husbands ??

    Outrage !!!!

    • James says:

      Probably because Husbands was technically an acquisition for CW Seed since it started out as a Youtube-based web series.

  6. Mel says:

    “…revolving around a barber shop in Charlestown, Mass.” There’s no such place in Massachusetts. Charlestown is a neighborhood within the City of Boston, not a separate city.