Netflix Sets 'Lilyhammer' Season 2 Bow

Series reprises Steven Van Zandt as mob hit man in the frigid Norwegian outback

Netflix has set the premiere date for season 2 of drama “Lilyhammer,” with Steven Van Zandt reprising his role as a mob hit man relocated to the Norwegian hinterlands.

All eight one-hour episodes of the drama will be available Dec. 13 to customers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Season 1 of “Lilyhammer” was Netflix’s first original series, bowing in February 2012. While it didn’t generate anywhere near the kind of buzz that subsequent titles “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” have, Netflix decided it had enough traction to pick up the second run.

In the second season, Van Zandt — who played a key role in HBO’s “The Sopranos” and is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band — again plays Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, who moves to Norway in the federal witness-protection program. He’s a nightclub owner and father of two living under an alias, but life gets complicated when his former mob associates discover he’s still alive.

“The second season of ‘Lilyhammer’ is an amped-up ride that gives us Steven Van Zandt at his glorious, baddest best,” Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

The show’s title comes from the Van Zandt character’s mumbling pronunciation of “Lillehammer,” most famous as the site of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.

“Lilyhammer” was developed and produced by Rubicon TV AS, and coproduced by Netflix for NRK/Netflix in association with Red Arrow International. Producers include Trond Berg Nilsen and Agnete Thuland; exec producers include Van Zandt and Lasse Hallberg.

Watch the trailer for “Lilyhammer” season 2:

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