Taping is due to start in January for a second season of the hit TV series Lilyhammer, starring American actor and musician Steven Van Zandt. It would have started earlier, but Van Zandt has been too busy touring with Bruce Springsteen’s latest string of concerts.
Van Zandt plays guitar with Springsteen’s band, and the current Wrecking Ball tour has prevented him from returning to Norway for more than the concerts that were held in Oslo and Bergen last summer. Now the producer of the Lilyhammer TV show has confirmed to newspaper Aftenposten that they’re ready to start taping eight new episodes.
Lasse Hallberg of Rubicon TV in Norway said that much of the studio work will be done in Oslo, but the cast and crew will return to the city of Lillehammer for taping on location. The show is set in the city that hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994, with Van Zandt playing the role of a Mafia boss who goes into hiding in Norway as part of the US’ witness protection program.
Taping is due to extend through March, with the series due to air first in Norway, possibly by the end of the year. The series, also aired by Netflix and BBC Four, has been sold to broadcasters in 100 countries, highly unusual for a Norwegian TV production.