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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 11:36 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The latest trailer for Netflix's "Marco Polo" shows Lorenzo Richelmy's titular character beginning his legendary path along the Silk Road. After Polo is left by his father at the Kublai Khan's court, he is taken in by the emperor, who orders him on a quest. 

"All my life, I've waited for the great adventurer to offer me a place at his side," Polo says in the opening sequence.

The 10-episode drama chronicles the travails of the legendary explorer. The trailer teases plenty of sex, violence, and duplicity as Polo helps the Khan conquer the world. 

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 11:16 AM
Mike & Molly. (CBS)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a bid to bolster its Monday lineup -- and provide a stronger lead-in for rookie drama "Scorpion" -- CBS has slotted the fifth season of "Mike & Molly" for the night starting Dec. 8.

"Mike & Molly," which had aired in Monday's 9 o'clock hour in its first four seasons, will take over the 8:30 p.m. timeslot currently occupied by "The Millers." CBS pulled the plug on "Millers" last week, with the second-year show airing tonight and next week before disappearing. 

The move is not a surprise, as CBS had a full 22-episode season order of "Mike & Molly" and was expected to get it on the air sooner rather than later. "Mike" was also on the bench at the start of last season, and then summoned to the Monday lineup in November after "We Are Men" was axed after just two airings.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 11:12 AM
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Dancer Emilio Dosal performs during 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 11 Tour at The Beacon Theatre on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox has renewed competition series "So You Think You Can Dance" for season 12... and will be introducing some new twists when the show returns in summer 2015. 

Throughout the new season, advancing dancers will be placed into two teams -- stage dancers, trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap styles; and street dancers, competitors skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. During the audition phase, judges and each team's All-Star mentor will eliminate dancers until 10 stage dancers and 10 street dancers remain.

The top 20 will then be challenged to perform a variety of styles, per tradition, with one dancer from each team eliminated each week.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 11:09 AM
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Comedian Bill Cosby addresses the Press Room during the 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - NBC may want to consider the results of a survey regarding Bill Cosby commissioned by Variety, finding the overwhelming majority of respondents don't feel the network should be in business with the comedian.

Seventy-two percent believe the Peacock should not go forward with a Cosby comedy series in development in the wake of new sexual-assault allegations raised against him.

Fifty-one percent of the 1,000 people surveyed Monday by celebrity brand expert Jeetendr Sehdev also reported thinking "the same" of the veteran comedian, more than the 41% who felt negatively and the 8% who reacted positively.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 11:05 AM
Michael Strahan makes a point on 'State of Play.' (HBO)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - While one can understand why HBO Sports' "State of Play" would kick off (as it were) with an hour featuring high-profile NFL stars adjusting to life after football, it's the second episode of this Peter Berg produced-and-hosted series, about two paralyzed athletes, that sticks with you. Charged with exploring sports beyond the spotlight of the field, there's a hit-miss quality to these second-season episodes, but the show remains noteworthy for its ambition and spare storytelling style, offering some much-needed, understated perspective to a world of hyperventilating sports coverage that invariably seems to be more interested in cranking up the volume.

Once again, each hour consists of a 35-minute documentary, followed by a round-table discussion, presided over by Berg, that's related to the topic.

The premiere, however, takes an interesting premise - profiling former stars Brett Favre and Tiki Barber, and lesser luminary Wayne Chrebet, about the wave of emotions that followed their retirement - and mucks it up with what feels like psychobabble about the pursuit of happiness. Self-servingly included are Michael Strahan (who shares a producing credit on this installment of the show) and ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who provided inspiration for the Berg-directed movie "Lone Survivor." 

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:42 PM
Alex Holley, Mike Jerrick and Anne Geddes on Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia via Mike Jerrick's Instagram.

Today on "Good Day Philadelphia," Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley interviewed famed photographer Anne Geddes, known for her pictures of babies. 

Not to be outdone, the anchor duo decided to get in on the action themselves, swaddling up to recreate a Geddes photo. "I think you need pacifers," a game Geddes said in response to Jerrick and Holley's take on her life's work.


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POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:27 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - NBC is under mounting pressure to act in regards to the sitcom it is developing with Bill Cosby amid allegations of rape leveled at the comedian by multiple women.

NBC would not comment on the status of the untitled project, but few believe that it has a chance of moving forward in light of new statements by two women who claim they were sexually assaulted by Cosby decades ago. Cosby's lawyer has denied the claim, calling them "discredited allegations." 

With that denial and no legal charges pending against Cosby, the situation presents a judgment-call dilemma for NBC. The comedian has long been associated with the network, and was a cornerstone of its success in the 1980s with his domestic comedy "The Cosby Show."

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 11:02 AM
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: James Corden attends Roald Dahl's 'Esio Trot' VIP Red Carpet Screening: on November 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Endor Productions)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - CBS viewers will get a glimpse of the incoming "Late Late Show" host, James Corden, on Friday when the British thesp makes his first visit to "The Late Show with David Letterman." 

Corden is set to take over the helm of Letterman's 12:35 a.m. companion show on March 9. Current "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson is to sign off on Dec. 19 after 10 years behind the desk. Letterman is set to retire from his show sometime next year although the timing of his departure is still unclear.

Corden was a surprise choice by CBS to fill Ferguson's shoes as the actor-host is little-known in the U.S. He'll be on the big screen in December in the Disney feature rendition of the Sondheim musical "Into the Woods."

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