Hopes dim for new season of ‘Lilyhammer’

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The hit Norwegian TV series Lilyhammer may have ended with its third season. “I haven’t heard anything about a fourth season,” the show’s star, Steven Van Zandt, told Norway’s business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN).

US actor and musician Steven Van Zandt will be back on the air in Norway this week, when the second season of the hit show "Lilyhammer" premieres Wednesday evening. PHOTO: NRK

US actor and musician Steven Van Zandt says it was “a miracle” there was a third season of the hit TV series “Lilyhammer,” in which he stars. Prospects for a fourth season remain dim. PHOTO: NRK

Van Zandt definitely would have, if plans were in the works for another season of the popular series in which he plays a former mafia boss who lands in the small Norwegian town of Lillehammer as part of a witness relocation program. A conflict that broke out between Netflix, which paid for most of the show’s production costs last season, and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), which had created the series along with production company Rubicon, has chilled prospects for further cooperation.

“The message I’ve had is that we should be grateful we managed three seasons,” Van Zandt told DN during a recent trip to Oslo.

Van Zandt said he was as shocked and surprised as Netflix was when NRK decided to make the entire third season available on the Internet all at once when it premiered last fall. Netflix reportedly felt that cheapened its part of the deal, and neither NRK nor Rubicon have heard from Netflix since.

“It’s a miracle we managed three seasons,” Van Zandt said. Director Pål Kruke Kristiansen at Rubicon told DN that “we have neither had a bekreftelse nor a rejection from Netflix regarding investment in a fourth season. It’s still out in the blue.”

newsinenglish.no staff