|Created by||Anne Bjørnstad
|Written by||Anne Bjørnstad
Steven Van Zandt
|Directed by||Simen Alsvik
Geir Henning Hopland
Lisa Marie Gamlem
|Starring||Steven Van Zandt
Trond Fausa Aurvåg
Marian Saastad Ottesen
|Country of origin||Norway|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Executive producer(s)||Steven Van Zandt
|Running time||46 minutes|
Rubicon Tv AS
Netflix (Season 2)
Netflix (United States)
Red Arrow International
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|First shown in||Norway|
|Original run||25 January 2012– present|
|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 with a record audience of 998,000 viewers (one fifth of Norway's population), and premiered on Netflix in North America on February 6, 2012, with all eight episodes being available in full for streaming on the service. Lilyhammer is the first original series by Netflix. The spelling of the series title 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.
A second season was commissioned. However, being a member of the E Street Band, Van Zandt was expected to perform with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball Tour. 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.
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.
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.
- Steven Van Zandt as Frank Tagliano / Giovanni "Johnny" Henriksen
- Trond Fausa Aurvåg as Torgeir Lien, Giovanni's friend and business partner
- Marian Saastad Ottesen as Sigrid Haugli, Giovanni's friend and love interest
- Steinar Sagen as Roar Lien, the local taxidriver; Torgeir's brother
- Fridtjov Såheim as the NAV worker Jan Johansen
- Sven Nordin as the lawyer Julius Backe
- Anne Krigsvoll as the chief of police Laila Hovland
- Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson as Sigrid's son Jonas Haugli
- Kyrre Hellum as the police officer Geir "Elvis" Tvedt
- Tommy Karlsen Sandum as MC-Arne
- Greg Canestrari as Jerry Delucci
- Tim Ahern as Robert Grasso
- Beate Eriksen as Arne's mother
- Jay Benedict as Agent Becker
- Paul Kaye as TBA (Season 2)
- Erik Madsen as TBA (Season 2)
- Amy Beth Hayes as TBA (Season 2)
- Jakob Oftebro as TBA (Season 2)
- Amit Shah as TBA (Season 2)
- Alan Ford as TBA (Season 2)
- Tony Pitts as TBA (Season 2)
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, the Norwegian broadcast was put on hold. After a three-week delay, the series premiered in Norway on 25 January 2012.
The series has been commissioned by NRK from Norwegian Rubicon TV AS in association with Netflix and German-owned distributor Red Arrow International. A second season has already been commissioned, with Netflix having options on two additional seasons. The second season of Lilyhammer is scheduled to begin filming in January, 2013.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||8||January 25, 2012(NOR) February 6, 2012 (NA)||March 14, 2012(NOR)||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||First air date||Viewers
|1||"Reality Check"||Simen Alsvik||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||25 January 2012
6 February 2012 (North America)
|998 000 |
|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 Alsvik||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||1 February 2012||1 024 000 |
|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 Hopland||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||8 February 2012||1 073 000 |
|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 Hopland||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||15 February 2012|
|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 Gamlem||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||22 February 2012||1 077 000 |
|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 Gamlem||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||29 February 2012||918 000|
|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 Hopland||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||7 March 2012|
|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 Hopland||Anne Bjørnstad & Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt||14 March 2012|
|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.|
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. The series was bought by several other broadcasting companies, including SVT in Sweden (for transmission in autumn 2012), and companies in Germany, Belgium, Australia, Denmark and France. The series has been sold to over 130 countries worldwide. 
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