Netflix original series 'Lilyhammer' on the way next month

Netflix original series 'Lilyhammer' on the way next month

Summary: Netflix is launching its first original show, which could prove to be necessary if Netflix loses any more studio partnerships.

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Netflix didn't have the best 2011 -- especially during the latter six months -- and the rental service could use a few hit projects in 2012.

One such project that Netflix is counting on is its own original programming. That could open the door to much more original content, which might prove to be necessary if Netflix loses any more studio partnerships.

So get ready to start watching "Lilyhammer." Yes, that is really the name of the new show. (I didn't think it could get much worse than "Qwikster," but never say never.)

And yes, if you're wondering why the sound of the show's title sounds familiar, it really is set in Lillehammer, Norway.

Here's the show's description:

"Lilyhammer," follows New York mobster Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano as he enters the federal witness protection program after ratting on his boss. 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.

Sounds like In Plain Sight meets Hart of Dixie meets Northern Exposure. Fingers crossed for Netflix we all know it needs this to turn out to be a big hit.

The show will be led by The Sopranos star and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt. All eight episodes will be available simultaneously on Netflix's Watch Instantly service starting on February 6 in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

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  • Success or not if Netflix needs original content like this

    it's a very bad sign for them. Maybe they should have sent their CEO a one way ticket to Lillehammer last June.
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Netflix original series 'Lilyhammer' on the way next month

    cnets bashing of Netflix never fails to amaze me.There are many businesses(esp in media+ in this economy) who would give their CEO's first born to enjoy a fraction of Netflix's success. Their recent and relatively minuscule problems are notable only when set against their meteoric rise and enterprising methods.They have managed to bring content to millions at affordable prices, even after the recent price increases.They have been a major force in allowing many to "cut the cable" and still enjoy quality entertainment in ways I haven't seen from anyone else-ever.But cnet continues to bash the original and applaud the copycats,despite the fact that no one has been able to come close to delivering the value that Netflix offers.A quick look thru the archives reveals cnet's "flat" stories about Netflix when they were breaking records every month- in subscriber numbers,stock values, and their uncanny ability to broker deals with otherwise closeminded content providers. These articles are clearly slanted to do as much harm to Netflix as possible, and one need not look too hard to see why.But..are the benefits to cnet et al worth the loss of credibility fostered by biased reporting? I have used cnets reviews for years before software,electronics and computing purchases. I've considered them to be reliable,even while being constantly aware of cnets affiliations with competing products because of straightforward disclaimers.I can respect that. Why not display some of that same integrity when it comes to Netflix? Perhaps a little "between the lines" is needed here??
    GEOD998