Picks and Pans Review: Marco Polo

updated 05/17/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/17/1982 01:00AM

NBC (8-11 p.m. ET)

The network's long-awaited $25 million, 10-hour miniseries is a Chinese skyrocket: delightful colors, little substance. A comic book script and mushy background music turn newcomer Ken Marshall, as Marco, into a 13th-century Hardy Boy, abetted by Ying Ruocheng, China's premier actor, as Kublai Khan. The project's saving graces are fine scenery and excellent cameos by Anne Bancroft, John Houseman, John Gielgud, Burt Lancaster and Leonard Nimoy. Additional episodes air nightly through Wednesday.

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