‘Marco Polo’, Netflix’s Next Big Thing, Debuts Friday

Marco Polo, the next big thing from Netflix, will land at last on Friday after being buffeted for weeks in a media storm of questions, among them: Will the lavish limited series help Netflix in its quest to capture ground in the international marketplace? Will the $90 million production, filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, top the streaming company’s stellar successes with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black? Will the release designed for binge-watching (all 10 hours of the first season …

‘Red Tent’ Author Happy With Miniseries From Her Book

Ever since Anita Diamant’s 1997 novel, The Red Tent, blew up into a global best seller — with a reported 3.3 million copies in 28 languages sold — fans have debated what it would be like to see the Bible-inspired work come to life on film. Lifetime answers that question Dec. 7 and 8 with its miniseries adaptation starring Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible 5) as Dinah, daughter of the biblical Jacob; Minnie Driver as Leah, Dinah’s mother; Morena Baccarin (Homeland) as Rachel, Jacob’s …

NBC Hopes for Big Ratings With Thursday’s ‘Peter Pan’

Thursday’s Peter Pan Live!, at 8 p.m. ET, would be must-see TV if for no other reason than 71-year-old Christopher Walken dancing as the villainous Captain Hook. The singular star of Deer Hunter, Hairspray and many a Saturday Night Live sketch has fond memories of tap lessons as a kid. He asked the show’s producers to go heavy on the terpsichorean turns in this version of the beloved musical. His will be the dancingest Hook ever, they promised on last week’s …

‘Downton Abbey Rediscovered’ Teases Season 5

Downton Abbey fans who’ve been dying for disclosures about Lady Mary and her suitors, thirsting for tidings of Mr. Bates’ implication in the death of Mr. Green, or craving bon mots from the dowager countess, get ready for a big tease. PBS’s Downton Abbey Rediscovered airs Sunday, November 30 — amidst its post-Thanksgiving pledge drive — offering tantalizing morsels from the banquet of drama coming in Season 5 as well as Bernadette Peters wryly introducing favorite moments from the past four seasons. …

Why So Many 50-Plus Actors Got Emmy Nods

More than 40 actors who are 50 and older are among the anointed ones nominated for Emmys this year. With the 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards coming Monday, Aug. 25, here are five reasons so many veterans got nominations. 1. Oscar-winning movie actors have moved to TV. Jessica Lange, Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn. It will look like a 1970s’ Academy Awards ceremony, not the 2014 Emmys, when they and others of their era trip down the red carpet Monday night. Those movie stars, …

‘The Honorable Woman’ Creator Fan of Great 70′s Spy Thrillers

A first-class, cerebral mystery/espionage thriller set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, British auteur Hugo Blick’s “The Honorable Woman” has become one of the most talked-about television dramas of the summer. Its title star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has said she is more proud of the eight-part mini series than anything else she’s done in her career. Its supporting cast, including Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer as British agents, is absolutely brilliant. And of course, it could not be more timely. Blick noted that …