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‘Lilyhammer’ hits FX, FX HD tonight

MUMBAI: Male-targeted English entertainment channel FX will kick off the series ‘Lilyhammer’ at 10 pm tonight.

The series, which marked Netflix’s first foray into original programming, revolves around Frank, a New York mobster (played by Steven Van Zandt) trying to start a new life in isolated Lillehammer, Norway as part of the Witness Protection Program after testifying against his former mafia associates. For most mob stories that is where the show or movie ends, with someone ratting out the entire Mafia, and the end credits roll with them being placed in Witness Protection. This series takes off where most end.

Frank Tagliano (Van Zandt), a former underboss of the American Mafia, is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program after testifying in a trial against Aldo Delucci (Thomas Grube), the new mafia head who had ordered a hit on him after succeeding his recently deceased brother, Sally Boy Delucci. Frank requests that he be relocated to Lillehammer, where he believes no one will look for him. His new identity is Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni “Johnny” Henriksen. On a train journey from Oslo to Lillehammer, Johnny impresses teacher Sigrid Haugli (Marian Saastad Ottesen), her son Jonas (Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson), and a man who later turns out to be a civil supervisor. However, soon he starts to feel lost in Lillehammer.

Will Frank turn back to his old ‘mobster’ ways or turn over a new leaf in Lillehammer?