Picks and Pans Review: Marco Polo
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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