‘Lilyhammer’ will stay on Netflix until 2029

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Lilyhammer – Picture: Netflix

Lilyhammerthe first Netflix Original released by Netflix, was set to leave the service in multiple regions, including the United States in November 2022. The historic removal would have followed a slew of other high-profile Netflix Originals leaving recently, along with many more expected in the months and years to come.

The series was that of Netflix first Netflix original title, although since there are different types of Netflix Originals, this falls into the first category of exclusive international co-production/distribution. Of course, Netflix also experimented with originals through Red Envelope Entertainment, but that’s another story.

Starring Steven Van Zandt, the series saw ex-gangster Frank Tagliano enter witness protection and ask to be sent to Norway, after testifying against the mob.

Netflix first entered into the exclusive license agreement to bring it into the Netflix Original program in October 2011. It was later picked up in at least 9 other regions, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Colombia. The UK and Ireland notably received the show at a later date.

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Picture: Netflix

Upon first acquiring the show, Ted Sarandos said:

“’Lilyhammer’ ‘is excellent dark and fun television marked by great storytelling and outrageous culture shock and Netflix is ​​incredibly proud to bring it to US, Canadian and Latin American members’

Netflix US would air the show for the first time, starting February 6, 2012.

It was only after the first season aired in Norway on NRK1.

In February 2022, Netflix celebrated the 10th anniversary of Lilyhammer by bringing together Stevie Van Zandt and Ted Sarandos in an online call that saw them talk about the importance of the show.


Lilyhammer was leaving Netflix Global on November 21

Takedown notices started popping up stating that the show will be removed on November 21, 2022. Your last day to watch would have been November 20, 2022.

Why November 21, 2022? It is exactly eight years after the release of the third and this would be the final season of the show, which landed on November 21, 2014.

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Removal date shown on Lilyhammer – Image: What’s on Netflix

However, the weekend before the abduction, IndieWire contacted Netflix, who told them the series had been renewed.

What’s On Netflix Exclusive May Reveal Netflix Has Bought A 7-Year Extension For Lilyhammermeaning the series will now remain on Netflix until November 21, 2029.

After 2029, the rights to the show will revert to SevenOne International and Red Arrow Studios.

Lilyhammer would have been joining the solid 60+ list of other Netflix Originals which have been over the years so far. Netflix still has 3,252 originals at the time of publication, more than 50% of Netflix’s global library.

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