|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||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Steven Van Zandt
|Running time||46 minutes|
|Production company(s)||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|
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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 with a record audience of 998,000 viewers (one fifth of Norway's population), and premiered on Netflix in North America on 6 February 2012, with all eight episodes 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 the first episode during an attempt on Tagliano's life, and the way some anglophones pronounce the town's name.
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 proceed. 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. 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.
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 to 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 increasingly 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 to open his own bar, the Flamingo, while also taking Norwegian language classes. 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
- Ingrid Olava appeared as herself, playing the piano at the Flamingo at the end of the first season finale.
- Paul Kaye as Duncan Hammer (season 2)
- Tony Sirico as Frank's brother, Father of a church. (season 2)
- Pål Espen Kilstad as Trond (season 2)
- Erik Madsen (season 2)
- Amy Beth Hayes (season 2)
- Jakob Oftebro as swimming instructor (season 2)
- Amit Shah as Gareth, a Packard Bell call center employee, who Frank hires to be his hacker (season 2)
- Alan Ford as a British Gangster, claiming to be from Scotland Yard (season 2)
- Tony Pitts as Duncan's brother (season 2)
- Richard Skog as Odjobb, Frank's bodyguard (season 2)
- Silje Torp as Mette Hansen (season 2)
- Maureen van Zandt as Ange, friend of Frank in New York (season 2)
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.
The second series was filmed on location both in Norway and New York City during the first four months of 2013.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD and Blu-ray release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 3||Region 4||1||8||25 January 2012||14 March 2012||3 December 2013||28 March 2012|
|2||8||23 October 2013||11 December 2013||N/A||19 February 2014||N/A|
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.
- Frans Bak Scored ‘Lilyhammer’
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