Netflix Dives Into Original Programming with "Lilyhammer" Series Before "House of Cards"
January 4, 2012 7:41 AM
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"Lilyhammer" will be available starting February 6 while "House of Cards" will premiere later in 2012
In March of last year, it was discovered that
Netflix was looking to acquire original programming
. It's still pursuing that venture, but the first series isn't what was originally expected.
Netflix was bidding against other networks like AMC and HBO in March 2011 for the original program "House of Cards," which is a Media Rights Capital drama series about a British politician who is looking to succeed Margaret Thatcher as the prime minister. As it turns out, Netflix won that bid and the show was set to be the video streaming/DVD rental giant's first original series.
However, it seems plans have changed. While "House of Cards" will still debut later in 2012, Netflix has another original program that will premiere long before that. In fact, the show will be out next month.
Netflix's first dip into original programming will be a show called "Lilyhammer," which is about a New York mobster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano who is entering the federal witness protection program. He ends up moving to a Norwegian town called Lilehammer, but he calls it "Lilyhammer."
The first season of "Lilyhammer" will have eight episodes, and Netflix has committed to two seasons for now. It will be available for
on various devices, but not for DVD by mail.
The concept of the show sounds interesting and I'll probably check it out, but it's hard to tell if the show will catch on and become a hit since Netflix has been bombing in every other aspect these days. Acquiring original programming back in March 2011 was likely a good idea when Netflix was on top of the video world, but after raising prices, changing plans, unveiling (then throwing away) the Qwikster DVD idea, etc., Netflix could have a hard time pushing the show.
"Lilyhammer" will be released in the U.S., Canada and Latin America on February 6. Below is a trailer for the new show.
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Shame it's not on disc
1/4/2012 5:46:33 PM
I'd definitely rent this, give it a shot if it was.
Although I think Netflix actually has published some films before...can't remember the label they use, but they've published some really good films I think....
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