Fish-out-of-water dramedy Lilyhammer is closing in on a greenlight for a third season. I understand that Norwegian broadcaster NRK is in the final stages of negotiations with producer Rubicon TV in a scenario that would see Netflix remain the U.S. broadcaster, with Red Arrow as the international distributor. I’m cautioned that nothing is confirmed, but Netflix, which was partnered on the first two series, has a deal in place for additional seasons. If S3 goes ahead, it is expected it would run on the streaming service in the U.S. Lilyhammer stars Sopranos alum Steven van Zandt as Frank Tagliano, a mob fixer exiled to Norway in a witness protection program. It was Netflix’s first original series and debuted in the States in February 2012. When it started in Norway in January that year, it had the best ratings for a Norwegian made drama series ever. The second season kicked off in October in Norway and hits Netflix next week on December 13th. The Norwegian Film Institute, which is contributing funding to S3, lists the project with S1 and S2 lead writer Eilif Skodvin penning the third season alongside others. Producer is Anders Tangen. According to the NFI, the budget for the eight-part third season is $19.5M, which would be a record for Norway. Other popular dramas have come in at about half that, per NRK. (For those keeping score, NRK2′s 13-hour Slow TV phenom National Knitting Evening was a bargain at $200,000.) Here’s a Season 2 Lilyhammer trailer (salty language included, so turn down those speakers):
By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Thursday, 5 December 2013 17:45 UKTags: Lilyhammer, Netflix, NRK, Steven Van Zandt
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