There’s been a lot of talk about Netflix’s various original shows lately. Earlier this year, Netflix debuted House of Cards to much buzz and critical acclaim. Then came Hemlock Grove. Though it didn’t get quite the critical acclaim of its predecessor, it has won the hearts of plenty of fans. Then about a week and a half ago, Netflix debuted the long-anticipated return of Arrested Development, which is billed as a Netflix original (or technically a “semi-original”).
Some might forget, however, that this whole Netflix original series thing kicked off with another show last year, called Lilyhammer. Others are probably wondering what’s going on with it.
So far, Netflix has been pretty quiet about the show’s return. “We have not announced a premiere date for Lilyhammer’s second season,” a spokesperson tells WebProNews. “The show is not filming any longer.”
Earlier reports indicated that a second season was indeed on the way. In fact, the official Bruce Springsteen website put out a statement in January indicating that Steven Van Zandt (Lilyhammer’s star) would have to miss some tour dates because of the show. The statement from January 16 said:
Since Stevie Van Zandt’s filming commitments to his highly successful television show Lilyhammer will keep him off stage for the upcoming Australian tour dates, Bruce Springsteen has invited Tom Morello to sit in temporarily on guitar. Following the Australian dates, Van Zandt will return to the tour in Oslo, Norway on April 29, 2013.
The band’s Australian dates ran from March 14th through March 31st.
A few days after that statement, Deadline indicated that Lilyhammer had added cast for season 2, and that the show was filming in Oslo and Lillehammer. Nancy Tartaglione wrote:
For its second outing, the fish-out-of-water dramedy has added Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones), Erik Madsen (Da Vinci’s Demons), Amy Beth Hayes (Mr Selfridge) and Jakob Oftebro (from foreign-language film Oscar nominee Kon-Tiki)….Season 2 sees van Zandt’s mob fixer Frank Tagliano still in witness protection and juggling fatherhood with running his criminal operation. Added to the mix this season are a group of English soccer hooligans, a bank robbery that threatens to reveal Frank’s identity, and a bloodthirsty new female sheriff.
So while we don’t know exactly when the show will return, it’s obviously at least in the post-production stage, and we can probably expect an announcement in the not too distant future.