Netflix announces original series “Lilyhammer”

“Lilyhammer,” a fish-out-of-water story set in Norway and starring “The Sopranos” mainstay Steven Van Zandt, premieres on Netflix on February 6th.

Van Zandt, also a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, plays Frank Tagliano who is a former member of the New York mob. After testifying in a trial in the United States, Tagliano is relocated to Lillehammer in Norway through the FBI’s witness protection program.

Tagliano decides to start a new life in Lillehammer Norway after seeing television images of the Winter Olympics in 1994. The story follows his transition from being a feared and respected gangster in New York to being an unemployed immigrant in Norway. The former mob member, however, quickly discovers that to get up and in the Norwegian rural society, he must resort to the old, ruthless methods.

Netflix subscribers will be able to watch all eight episodes of the shows first season immediately beginning February 6th.

See the trailer for “Lilyhammer” and discuss in Digital Home’s Internet Television discussion forum.


One Response to “Netflix announces original series “Lilyhammer””
  1. Gman says:

    I read a description of this show on another website and it didn’t make any sense why he would move to Norway, until you mentioned that he is in the FBI’s witness protection relocation program. Still, the whole thing seems redundant if he has to be ruthless in Norway when he was in the Mob in New York; aren’t mob bosses already ruthless? When I get hooked on a show I admit that I want to watch all of the episodes in one day, but since I started subscribing to Showtime for Dexter I love the anticipation of waiting each week for a new episode. I can’t imagine Showtime will be willing to sell the rights to Dexter to Netflix though if people are dropping their pay TV in favor of Netflix only. I got hooked on Dexter after watching it with my Blockbuster Movie Pass from my employer DISH Network. I stream when I’m waiting for a movie in the mail but when all of that plus Blu-rays, games and 20 HD movie channels are included for $10 I don’t mind waiting. If I were a new customer I would get the one disc at a time free for a year but since I’m not, I can upgrade to more discs at a time for only $5 more which I should, so I can keep a game and get another movie at the same time. I wish Netflix all the luck but honestly this show seems unusual; perhaps a better description of the context would help garner more interest.