Netflix has been threatening cable companies for a long time and it looks like the DVD-delivery and on-demand streaming service is encroaching on TV networks’ turf with its latest endeavour: the launch of its very first original TV show next month.
Starring Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos), the show is centered around a New York gangster who has entered into a federal witness protection program that sees him relocated to Norway. Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano finds himself in Lillehammer, the Norwegian town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics – or as he calls it "Lilyhammer" - and is surprised to find living in the town isn't exactly like he imagined.
All eight first season episodes of "Lilyhammer" will be available for Netflix Instant subscribers to enjoy one after another come February 6. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos highlighted this as one of the perks of the show being an exclusive Netflix original.
"'Lilyhammer' is a well-observed, funny and occasionally brutal story of culture clash, focused on Stevie's inimitable portrayal of an East Coast mobster," said Ted Sarandos. "We're proud to introduce this terrific Original Series exclusively to our members. If you love the first episode, there is no need to wait until next week, or to set a DVR, to catch the next one."
Netflix has numerous other plans for exclusive and original shows. The company last year bought the rights to the drama House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey. Set for release in late-2012, the show is produced by Fight Club's David Fincher. It has also commissioned a new season of the much-loved show Arrested Development.
Check out the trailer for Lilyhammer below: