Netflix announced the premiere of a new original series called Lilyhammer, set for February 6 of this year.
The company describes it as “a gripping fish-out-of-water story” set in Norway. It stars Steven Van Zandt, of Sopranos (and Bruce Springsteen video “Glory Days”) fame.
The plot involves a New York mobster going into witness protection after ratting on his boss. Netflix explains, “A sports fan, Frank wants to make his new life in Lillehammer, the Norwegian town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics – or as he calls it ‘Lilyhammer.’ Frank has visions of a paradise of ‘clean air, fresh white snow and gorgeous broads’ far away from the temptations of the Big Apple and from mob hit men. Reality, of course, turns out to be spectacularly different.”
Here’s the trailer:
“I am very careful with my choices and this project was so exciting to me because of the wonderful writing, the rich characters and the fascinating culture of Norway,” says Van Zandt, who also serves as Executive Producer. “Netflix is the perfect home for such a unique show.”
This isn’t Netflix’s first foray into exclusive programming, though it does come before the previously announced entry into this territory – House of Cards, which will debut later this year.
Lilyhammer will premiere on February 6 via Netflix Instant in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It will debut with the entire season (8 episodes) available all at once.