Lilyhammer

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Lilyhammer
Lilyhammer logo

Lilyhammer poster
GenreComedy-drama
Crime drama
Created byAnne Bjørnstad
Eilif Skodvin
Written byAnne Bjørnstad
Eilif Skodvin
Steven Van Zandt
Directed bySimen Alsvik
Geir Henning Hopland
Lisa Marie Gamlem
StarringSteven Van Zandt
Trond Fausa Aurvåg
Marian Saastad Ottesen
Sven Nordin
Kyrre Hellum
Anne Krigsvoll
Composer(s)Frans Bak[1]
Country of originNorway
Original language(s)English
Norwegian
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Steven Van Zandt
Lasse Hallberg
Producer(s)Agnete Thuland
Trond Berg-Nilsen
Location(s)Lillehammer
New York
CinematographyJohan-Fredrik Bødtker
Jakob Ingimundarson
Running time46 minutes
Production company(s)Rubicon Tv AS
Netflix (Season 2)
DistributorNRK (Norway)
Netflix (United States)
Red Arrow International
Broadcast
Original channelNRK1
Netflix
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
First shown inNorway
Original run25 January 2012 (2012-01-25) – present
External links
SevenOne Lilyhammer Website
 
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Lilyhammer
Lilyhammer logo

Lilyhammer poster
GenreComedy-drama
Crime drama
Created byAnne Bjørnstad
Eilif Skodvin
Written byAnne Bjørnstad
Eilif Skodvin
Steven Van Zandt
Directed bySimen Alsvik
Geir Henning Hopland
Lisa Marie Gamlem
StarringSteven Van Zandt
Trond Fausa Aurvåg
Marian Saastad Ottesen
Sven Nordin
Kyrre Hellum
Anne Krigsvoll
Composer(s)Frans Bak[1]
Country of originNorway
Original language(s)English
Norwegian
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Steven Van Zandt
Lasse Hallberg
Producer(s)Agnete Thuland
Trond Berg-Nilsen
Location(s)Lillehammer
New York
CinematographyJohan-Fredrik Bødtker
Jakob Ingimundarson
Running time46 minutes
Production company(s)Rubicon Tv AS
Netflix (Season 2)
DistributorNRK (Norway)
Netflix (United States)
Red Arrow International
Broadcast
Original channelNRK1
Netflix
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
First shown inNorway
Original run25 January 2012 (2012-01-25) – present
External links
SevenOne Lilyhammer Website

Lilyhammer is a Norwegian television series, starring Steven Van Zandt, about a fictional New York gangster, Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, trying to start a new life in isolated Lillehammer in Norway. The first season premiered on Norwegian NRK1 on 25 January 2012[2] with a record audience of 998,000 viewers (one fifth of Norway's population),[3][4] and premiered on Netflix in North America on 6 February 2012, with all eight episodes being available in full for streaming on the service.[5] Lilyhammer is the first original series by Netflix. The spelling of the series title alludes to Lily — Tagliano's dog — killed in the first episode during an attempt on Tagliano's life, and the way some anglophones mispronounce the name of the town.

A second season was commissioned after the success of the first. However, Van Zandt's schedule with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball Tour delayed production. It was announced in January 2013 that guitarist Tom Morello would replace him for the Australian leg of the tour, so that filming could go ahead.[6] Filming completed in April 2013, and included shoots both in Norway and New York City. Season two premiered 23 October 2013 on NRK, and 13 December 2013 on Netflix.[7] In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Van Zandt announced he has signed on for a third season of the show, with filming to begin 3 January 2014.[8]

Synopsis[edit]

Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt), a former underboss of New York's Italian Mafia, is put in the Witness Protection Program after testifying in a trial in the United States. Intrigued by the town when he saw television images of the 1994 Winter Olympics, Tagliano requests that he be relocated in Lillehammer, Norway. His new identity is Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni Henriksen.

He soon befriends a teacher named Sigrid and her son, Jonas, whom he spotted on his first train journey to Lillehammer. Their friendship develops and she becomes pregnant after they spend the night together. She learns that she is to have twins. Their relationship progresses throughout the series, but she is soon more and more provoked by his secrets, shady deals and long work hours. Frank/Giovanni is using his old ruthless methods to get ahead in his new life, using blackmail, extortion and violence to get permits for opening his own bar, the Flamingo, while also taking Norwegian classes. Soon, the local police begin to grow suspicious of his activities, as he expands to take over Lillehammer's criminal underworld.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The first series was shot on location during 2011, with post-production finishing in November and originally intended to be aired on NRK on 1 January 2012. Due to a conflict between NRK and the producers about product placements, which were illegal under Norwegian law at the time of production, the Norwegian broadcast was put on hold. After a three-week delay, the series premiered in Norway on 25 January 2012. The series was commissioned by NRK from Norwegian Rubicon TV AS in association with Netflix and German-owned distributor Red Arrow International.[2]

The second series was filmed on location both in Norway and New York City during the first four months of 2013.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
1825 January 201214 March 20123 December 201328 March 2012N/A
2823 October 201311 December 2013N/A19 February 2014N/A

Reception[edit]

Lilyhammer has received mixed reviews from critics, currently holding a 62/100 rating on Metacritic.[11]

Broadcast[edit]

Lilyhammer premiered in Norway on 25 January 2012. On 6 February 2012 the show began streaming on Netflix in Canada and the US. From 11 September 2012 it was transmitted on BBC Four in the UK.[12][13][14] The series was bought by several other broadcasting companies, including SVT[15] in Sweden (for transmission in autumn 2012), and companies in Germany, Belgium, Australia, Denmark and France.[16] The series has been sold to over 130 countries worldwide.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frans Bak Scored ‘Lilyhammer’
  2. ^ a b "Norge får «Lilyhammer» først likevel". Dagbladet.no. 16 January 2012. (Norwegian).
  3. ^ "‘Lilyhammer’ sets new NRK record". Norway International Network. 26 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Steven Van Zandt’s ‘Lilyhammer’ Breaks Ratings Records in Norway". Hollywood Reporter. 27 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Netflix 'Lilyhammer' to tv lineup". Deadline.com. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tom Morello to join Wrecking Ball Tour in Australia". BruceSpringsteen.net. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Netflix Sets Second Season Premiere Of ‘Lilyhammer’". Deadline.com. 6 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Steven Van Zandt 'Honored' By E Street Band's Hall of Fame Induction". Rolling Stone. 18 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "‘Lilyhammer’ Adds Cast For Season Two". Deadline.com. 21 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Lilyhammer: Production Kick-Off Season 2". Red Arrow International.
  11. ^ "Lilyhammer - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "BBC Picks Up Steven Van Zandt Drama ‘Lilyhammer’". Hollywood Reporter. 6 February 2012.
  13. ^ Frost, Vicky (5 February 2012). "Lilyhammer series could provide just the tonic for bereft Borgen fans". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "BBC4 TV listings for 11 September 2012". BBC. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lilyhammer" (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  16. ^ ""Lilyhammer"-suksess i Storbritannia" (in Norwegian). NRK. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Lilyhammer solgt til over 130 land" (in Norwegian). NRK. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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