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 seasons1
No. of episodes8
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
DistributorNRK (Norway)
Netflix (United States)
SevenOne 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 seasons1
No. of episodes8
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
DistributorNRK (Norway)
Netflix (United States)
SevenOne 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-American television series, starring Steven Van Zandt, about a New York gangster trying to start a new life in far away 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 February 6, 2012, with all eight episodes being available in full for streaming on the service.[5] Lilyhammer is the first original series by Netflix.

A second season has been commissioned, and it was announced in January 2013 that Van Zandt would be temporarily replaced by guitarist Tom Morello for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball Tour so that filming for the show could take place during March 2013.[6]

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Synopsis

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. Tagliano requests that he be relocated in Lillehammer, Norway; intrigued by the town when he saw television images of the 1994 Winter Olympics. His new identity is Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni Henriksen. The spelling of the series alludes to Lily, Tagliano's dog, killed in an attempt on Tagliano's life, and the way some anglophones mispronounce the name of the town.

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. Soon, the local police begin to grow suspicious of his activities, as he expands to take over Lillehammer's criminal underworld.

Cast

Production

The first series was shot on location during 2011, with post-production finishing in November. The series was originally intended to start airing on NRK on 1 January 2012, but due to a conflict between NRK and the producers about product placements, which is illegal under Norwegian law,[3] the Norwegian broadcast was put on hold.[8] After a three-week delay, the series premiered in Norway on 25 January 2012.[2]

The series has been commissioned by NRK from Norwegian Rubicon TV AS in association with Netflix and German-owned distributor SevenOne International. A second season has already been commissioned, with Netflix having options on two additional seasons.[4] The second season of Lilyhammer is scheduled to begin filming in January, 2013.[9]

Episodes

Season 1 (2012)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFirst air dateViewers
(Norway)
1"Reality Check"Simen AlsvikAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt25 January 2012 (2012-01-25) (Norway)
6 February 2012 (2012-02-06) (North America)
998 000 [10]
After being targeted by mob boss Aldo Delucci, Frank "the Fixer" Tagliano testifies against the mob and is relocated to Norway as part of his deal. Becoming the Norwegian citizen "Giovanni Henriksen", he soon meets his new neighbor, the chief of police, and clashes with his new country's bureaucratic culture. 
2"The Flamingo"Simen AlsvikAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt1 February 2012 (2012-02-01)1 024 000 [11]
Frank falls for his language teacher Sigrid and opens a nightclub that's a big hit, but he draws unwanted attention from the police and a biker gang. 
3"Guantanamo Blues"Geir Henning HoplandAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt8 February 2012 (2012-02-08)1 073 000 [12]
Now a successful local businessman, Frank joins a lucrative real estate deal but his plans are thwarted by the police, who believe he is a terrorist. 
4"The Midwife"Geir Henning HoplandAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt15 February 2012 (2012-02-15)
Sigrid learns some surprising news, Frank's deal sours when his partner's son converts to Islam, and Geir stumbles on a clue to Frank's identity. 
5"My Kind of Town"Lisa Marie GamlemAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt22 February 2012 (2012-02-22)1 077 000 [13]
Frank has a fight over a baby carriage but makes a deal to exit his real estate investment; Frank's enemies get an unexpected lead on his location. 
6"Pack Your Lederhosen"Lisa Marie GamlemAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)918 000[14]
Flush with cash, Frank buys a new penthouse and invites Sigrid to move in, while Geir's colleagues get bad news and Mafia hitmen arrive in Norway. 
7"The Babysitter"Geir Henning HoplandAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
The police chief suspects Frank is the link between a murder and a mysterious beating; Frank beefs up security when he learns he's in jeopardy. 
8"Trolls"Geir Henning HoplandAnne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt14 March 2012 (2012-03-14)
Frank's attempt to rescue Sigrid's son leads to a spectacular shoot out and a series of shocking revelations that change both his old and new lives. 

Reception

Lilyhammer has received mostly positive reviews from critics, currently holding a 62/100 rating on Metacritic.[15]

Broadcast

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 .[16][17] The series was bought by several other broadcasting companies, including SVT[18] in Sweden (for transmission in autumn 2012), and companies in Germany, Australia, Denmark and France.[19] The series has been sold to over 130 countries worldwide. [20]

References

  1. ^ Frans Bak Scored ‘Lilyhammer’
  2. ^ a b Dagbladet 2012-01-16: Norge får «Lilyhammer» først likevel Retrieved 2012-01-16
  3. ^ a b Norway International Network 26 January 2012: ‘Lilyhammer’ sets new NRK record Retrieved 2012-01-27
  4. ^ a b Hollywood Reporter 27 January 2012: "Steven Van Zandt’s ‘Lilyhammer’ Breaks Ratings Records in Norway" Retrieved 2012-01-27
  5. ^ "Netflix 'Lilyhammer' to tv lineup". Deadline.com. 2011-03-09. http://www.deadline.com/2011/10/netflix-adds-%E2%80%98lilyhammer%E2%80%99-to-tv-line-up/. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  6. ^ http://brucespringsteen.net/news/2013/tom-morello-to-join-wrecking-ball-tour-in-australia
  7. ^ ‘Lilyhammer’ Adds Cast For Season Two
  8. ^ Verdens Gang 2012-01-04: NRK stopper ikke «Lilyhammer»-visning i USA – selv om den er utsatt i Norge Retrieved 2012-01-05
  9. ^ New season for ‘Lilyhammer’ in the works
  10. ^ Mon, Su Thet. "Premiererekord for "Lilyhammer"" (in Norwegian). NRK. http://www.nrk.no/kultur-og-underholdning/1.7969897. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  11. ^ Hansen, Magne. "Lilyhammer slo sin egen rekord" (in Norwegian). NRK. http://www.nrk.no/kultur-og-underholdning/1.7979381. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  12. ^ Vold, Henrik Brattli. "Tre av fem ser "Lilyhammer"" (in Norwegian). NRK. http://www.nrk.no/kultur-og-underholdning/1.7989416. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  13. ^ Skogrand, Merete. "Seerne flykter fra "Erobreren"" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/02/27/kultur/tv_og_medier/erobreren/lilyhammer/seertall/20426468/. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  14. ^ Pettersen, Jørn. "Dårligst hittil: "Lilyhammer" mistet 160.000 seere" (in Norwegian). VG Nett. http://www.vg.no/rampelys/artikkel.php?artid=10060924. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  15. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/lilyhammer
  16. ^ Frost, Vicky (5 February 2012). "Lilyhammer series could provide just the tonic for bereft Borgen fans". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/feb/05/lilyhammer-series-borgen-bbc4-zandt. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  17. ^ "BBC4 TV listings for 11 September 2012". BBC. 6 September 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/programmes/schedules/2012/09/11. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  18. ^ http://www.svt.se/lilyhammer
  19. ^ http://www.nrk.no/kultur-og-underholdning/1.8319756
  20. ^ http://www.nrk.no/kultur-og-underholdning/1.10902472

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