January 03, 2012 9:52am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Netflix to Bow Original Series 'Lilyhammer' on Feb. 6 (Video)
Steven Van Zandt's new Mobster drama Lilyhammer is coming to Netflix in February.
The streaming service announced Tuesday that all eight episodes of the original series starring the former Sopranos star will be available starting Feb. 6.
Van Zandt stars as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a former Mobster who enters the federal witness protection program after ratting on his boss and begins to make a new life in Lillehammer, the Norwegian town that played host to the 1994 Winter Olympics.
In the city he refers to as Lilyhammer, Frank looks to start anew amid the town's "clean air, fresh white snow and gorgeous broads," and far away from the temptations of New York and the hit men who were pursuing him.
Netflix members will be able to screen all eight episodes of the series.
Developed by Rubicon TV AS, creators Anne Bjornstad and Eilif Skodvin penned the project alongside Van Zandt, who also serves as an executive producer.
"Lilyhammer is a well-observed, funny and occasionally brutal story of culture clash, focused on Stevie’s inimitable portrayal of an East Coast mobster,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement announcing the news. "We’re proud to introduce this terrific original series exclusively to our members. If you love the first episode, there is no need to wait until next week, or to set a DVR, to catch the next one."
Lilyhammer is the first of several TV projects Netflix has been developing of late as it continues to expand its strategy into original programming. The streaming service also pacted with 20th Television to for new episodes of critical favorite Arrested Development, and is developing original series House of Cards from David Fincher, Orange is the New Black with Jenji Kohan and Hemlock Grove with Eli Roth.
Watch a trailer for Lilyhammer below.