Netflix UK & Ireland has taken exclusive rights to the upcoming 8 episode second season of Scandinavian dramedy series Lilyhamer. The show’s second season will debut on December 13th, when Netflix will also be launching the show’s second season in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark and Latin America.
Lilyhammer was created by Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin and follows Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, a New York mobster who turns state’s evidence against his former crime family and enters the witness protection programme. After testifying against his boss, Frank makes an unusual request: that he be set up with his new life and identity in the Norwegian town of Lillehammer. But the quiet snowy town is not quite as he imagined. His new accommodation is next to the Chief of Police and that the prospect of becoming a Norwegian bar-owner is hindered by red tape – but he may have better luck in romance when he meets Sigrid, a single mother on the train from Oslo. The series stars Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos), Marian Saastad Ottesen, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Kyrre Hellum, Sven Nordin, Anne Krigsvoll and Steinar Sagen.
The first season of Lilyhammer was initially acquired by BBC Four in February 2012 and aired on the channel that same August. However, following BBC Four’s acquisition of Lilyhammer, Netflix boarded the series as a co-producer with Netflix UK & Ireland getting streaming rights after the BBC broadcast. Given that, there had been some question as to whether Lilyhammer would continue on BBC Four or move to Netflix UK, especially as the series is being described as one of Netflix’s first original series. Word is that Netflix and NRK have already renewed the series for a third season.
“The second season of ‘Lilyhammer’ is an amped up ride that gives us Steven Van Zandt at his glorious, baddest, best,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer. “Whether you enjoyed season one or are catching it for the first time, ‘Lilyhammer’ is a mob show like no other.”
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