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‘Lilyhammer’ star to ride again. NRK/Rubicon’s ‘Lilyhammer’ series and leading man Steven Van Zandt are to continue their Norwegian TV run with planned filming of a second season beginning next year, reports suggest. “Netflix, who bought the rights to show the series in North America, has already ordered a new one. They want more than the eight [45-minute episodes] we have made to date,” Rubicon’s Lasse Hallberg told NRK. The series cost approximately 30 million to make, has been sold to the UK, and has been transmitted in Canada and South America.

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‘Lilyhammer’ star to ride again

Published on Thursday, 15th March, 2012 at 07:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 15th March 2012 at 09:26.

NRK/Rubicon’s ‘Lilyhammer’ series and leading man Steven Van Zandt are to continue their Norwegian TV run with planned filming of a second season beginning next year, reports suggest.

Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt)
Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt)
Photo: Rubicon/NRK


“Netflix, who bought the rights to show the series in North America, has already ordered a new one. They want more than the eight [45-minute episodes] we have made to date,” Rubicon’s Lasse Hallberg told NRK.

The series cost approximately 30 million to make, has been sold to the UK, and has been transmitted in Canada and South America.

Approximately one million Norwegians tune in to follow the fate of gangster Frank Tagliano following his escape to Norway to hide from the mafia.

The broadcaster’s Petter Wallace declared, “We think it [the series] has worked very well. The public has embraced it, and we feel the idea could certainly stand more than one season.”

Following pre-screening uncertainty, ‘Lilyhammer’ has received differing but mainly positive reviews, and surprised its producers. Minneapolis-based paper the Star Tribune reports Emmy’s senior vice president of awards thinks the series qualifies for an Emmy.

Entertainment news-orientated website, Albuquerque’s the Weekly Alibi, calls the series “your basic fish-out-of-water comedy, with a bit of larcenous behaviour thrown in for good measure”.

Viewers and fans of the series will have to wait a while before the second season is aired, however. ‘Little Steven’ will now be travelling on the road again with Bruce Springsteen, whose Wrecking Ball Tour kicks off on 18th March, and will take up a lot of the actor/musician’s time this year.

“We hope to get going with filming next year, and then we’ll see when the new season will be screened on TV,” said Rubicon’s Lasse Hallberg.

Commenting on his success, Mr Van Zandt told The Toronto Sun, “I think (Norwegians) are getting off on the fact that my character doesn’t have any patience. He has no respect for any rules. He probably is a little bit of what they would like to be if they could get a chance to be it.”

“I was not expecting to play another mobster”, he said to CBS following his role in ‘The Sopranos’, “But once in a while...you have to take an adventure and get away from the daily grind of being a rock star...Go somewhere where you're really pampered."




Published on Thursday, 15th March, 2012 at 07:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 15th March 2012 at 09:26.

This post has the following tags: lilyhammer, stevenvanzandt, nrkrubiconseriesnorway.





  
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