In a little over a week, Netflix begins streaming its first original series, Lilyhammer. And they've got to be pleased with the reaction to the series in Norway: the premiere episode, which was shown this past Wednesday, scored a 56.3% market share, the largest ever for NRK1, the network on which the episode aired.
Lilyhammer stars Steve Van Zandt (The Sopranos) as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a former mobster who is relocated to Lillehammer (Norway) via a federal witness protection program. A sports fan, Frank wants to make his new life in the 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.
On Tuesday, February 6th, 2012, Netflix will have available for streaming all eight episodes of the first season. A second season has already been commissioned.
Watch a trailer for the series below.
(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)