Netflix tries its hand at original programming with Lilyhammer

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Before the people behind Netflix bring us those new episodes of Arrested Development — at which point, if they are not terrible, I will forget about every service blackout, price hike, and the term "Qwikster" in its entirety — they're going to ease into original programming with Lilyhammer. The series, which is co-produced by Netflix and a Norwegian television company, follows an American mobster (played by Steve Van Zandt of The Sopranos and the E Street Band) who moves to Lillehammer, Norway as part of the witness protection program. And, wouldn't you know it? Small-torn Norwegian values and a rough New York mafia mentality might not mix so well! This is a situation that feels ripe with dramatic potential, I tell you. Clearly Netflix agrees:

It feels a bit… like you would imagine Netflix's first attempt at original programming would feel. A little rough around the edges, perhaps, but with the definite possibility of being entertaining. But remember, this is just the appetizer, and what we're really waiting for is the main course. Lilyhammer will be available to stream on February 2.