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.

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* 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.