After more than forty years in the music business, Bruce Springsteen has decided to branch out. The Boss has plans in the works to write a children’s book, and this week sources revealed he is headed to Netflix to take his first scripted acting gig on the streaming service’s original series Lilyhammer. Lilyhammer’s third season should actually be filled with reunions for lead Steven Van Zandt.
Of Netflix’s original programming, Lilyhammer isn’t exactly generating the most buzz, but it does precede shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, and Netflix is evidently pleased enough with the reception of the comedy to renew the series for a third season, which will air later in 2014.
Fans are less than two weeks out from the Season 2 premiere of the series, and Netflix has put together a special clip from the December 13 premiere episode to share with fans. Yes, that’s a Friday release date, and yes that’s annoying, but on the bright side, fans have binge viewing to look forward to, starting with the above original clip.
The streaming service has a few high profile programs available, including new episodes of Arrested Development and the political drama House of Cards. However, it is one of the service’s earlier endeavors that is set to move forward with a second season, soon, and this week Netflix announced a premiere date for Season 2 of Lilyhammer,
Netflix’s Lilyhammer, which also airs in Norway, has been a big hit for E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt, so much so that a second season of the hit gangster out of water story has been commissioned. Since the series is already filming a second season, now seems like a fine time to introduce some brand new cast members.
Today, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos sent out a memo explaining why the subscription service will not be releasing ratings for Lilyhammer. The memo begins with the best point Netflix has. Because Lilyhammer released all eight episodes yesterday, and because Netflix viewers are more likely to come across new television over time, it would be unfair to release the ratings. There’s no standard for programming like Netflix’s, no baseline for what would be considered “good” or “bad” ratings.
As though Netflix didn’t already pose a threat to cable providers, what with their growing list of streaming TV shows available to subscribers, the streaming video service is planning to launch original programming, including David Fincher and Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards, not to mention the highly anticipated return of Arrested Development. But first, Netflix will premiere their first original series Lilyhammer.