Netflix launches its first original show

Netflix launches its first original show
Starting tomorrow, Netflix will be offering its first ever original series, "Lilyhammer," to subscribers.

All eight episodes of the first season will be available right from the get-go.



Lilyhammer is the "story about a New York gangster living in Lillehammer, Norway, as part of a witness protection program." Steven Van Zandt, formerly of "The Sopranos," is the star of the show.

Later this year, Netflix will debut "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher. Netflix had to outbid rivals like HBO and offer major incentives to the companies behind the political drama which is expected to be a hit. Additionally, the fourth season of the cult classic "Arrested Development" will be hitting the service in early 2013.

Netflix senior spokesman Steve Swasey has said Netflix will have five original shows running in 2013. The last two shows have not been purchased yet, but they are expected to be the prison comedy "Orange Is the New Black" and the thriller series "Hemlock Grove." Says Swasey: "By 2013, we'll have five original content programs. We're dabbling in original content with a pretty good mix of dramas, comedies and quirky series. We're excited about it."

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 5 Feb 2012 11:29
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  • 7 comments
  • llongtheD

    Maybe Warner Bros. has a hand in this, and that's why Netflix is bowing to their ridiculous demands(56 day rental window). Maybe a WB, Netflix merger is on the horizon? They seem to have a pretty snug relationship. WB has the facilities to produce content, Netflix can distribute.

    Yes, my post is without proof, merit, and is complete speculation. Then again who knows what can happen; just throwing it out for conversation. Stranger things have happened.

    5.2.2012 11:43 #1

  • A5J4DX

    hmm wonder if itll be popular or not

    5.2.2012 12:56 #2

  • LordRuss

    Skyrocketing prices, removing mail delivery disks, crap streaming service & an expanding market into the global community... Kinda makes sense now that we have seen that Netnuts wants to become a Hollywood studio all of the sudden.

    Start literally owning a few of those titles that your leasing out & then you can play with the big boys.

    What? I'm supposed to be able to purchase Netflix on my monthly cable bill now or like the instant movies? Somebody's vomited in the petunias. Sure it's a bit of foreshadowing, but I certainly didn't see Netflix as a major producer either.

    http://onlyinrussellsworld.blogspot.com

    5.2.2012 13:08 #3

  • Hopium

    Originally posted by LordRuss: Skyrocketing prices, removing mail delivery disks, crap streaming service & an expanding market into the global community... Kinda makes sense now that we have seen that Netnuts wants to become a Hollywood studio all of the sudden.

    Start literally owning a few of those titles that your leasing out & then you can play with the big boys.

    What? I'm supposed to be able to purchase Netflix on my monthly cable bill now or like the instant movies? Somebody's vomited in the petunias. Sure it's a bit of foreshadowing, but I certainly didn't see Netflix as a major producer either.
    oh come on i just planted those petunias

    5.2.2012 13:32 #4

  • Jeffrey_P

    I applaud Redbox and Blockbuster for mooning the 56 day rental window. Ultimately the rental fee will go up. The increased cost regarding RB and BB will incur because they didn't bend-over and grab their ankles for Warner and the like. It is well worth the increased cost to rent a currently released movie.

    Netflix can go to hell.

    Jeff

    6.2.2012 11:28 #5

  • LordRuss

    Originally posted by Jeffrey_P: Ultimately the rental fee will go up. The increased cost regarding RB and BB will incur because they didn't bend-over and grab their ankles for Warner and the like. Sadly, this is undoubtedly true. Personally, I think they should just go to the discount stores & bulk purchase the minimum copies need to run their rental houses & take the hit for whatever 'legality' issue the studios seem to think they incur. I think they'd still make money in the long run & audiences would continue to benefit.

    It's obvious Netflix wants to be a studio & not a rental house anymore. It's just like Sony. They don't want to make electronics (& pretty much haven't for a while) so 'Nuts doesn't want to do any labor anymore either.

    Basically let everyone else make art & hit play on the VCR while they rake in the cash. It's the American way, right?

    http://onlyinrussellsworld.blogspot.com

    6.2.2012 12:06 #6

  • Jeffrey_P

    Originally posted by LordRuss: Originally posted by Jeffrey_P: Ultimately the rental fee will go up. The increased cost regarding RB and BB will incur because they didn't bend-over and grab their ankles for Warner and the like. Sadly, this is undoubtedly true. Personally, I think they should just go to the discount stores & bulk purchase the minimum copies need to run their rental houses & take the hit for whatever 'legality' issue the studios seem to think they incur. I think they'd still make money in the long run & audiences would continue to benefit.

    It's obvious Netflix wants to be a studio & not a rental house anymore. It's just like Sony. They don't want to make electronics (& pretty much haven't for a while) so 'Nuts doesn't want to do any labor anymore either.

    Basically let everyone else make art & hit play on the VCR while they rake in the cash. It's the American way, right?
    Yep, seems to be that way with corporate America and China dictating how the show runs.

    Jeff

    6.2.2012 13:04 #7

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