TV briefs: 'Lilyhammer'

The Fresno BeeNovember 15, 2013 

Cold shoulder: Netflix will premiere the second season of its original series "Lilyhammer" starring Steven Van Zandt ("The Sopranos") at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 13. All eight episodes of the one-hour series about a mob fixer who enters the witness protection program in Lillehammer, Norway, will be available for Netflix members to stream at launch.

"Lilyhammer" follows former gangster Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano (Van Zandt) as he enters the federal witness protection program trading the mean streets of New York for the icy fjords of Norway, forging a new life among the locals of Lillehammer. Season two continues with Frank living under the alias of Johnny Henriksen, a successful nightclub owner and father of two. As if life couldn't get more complicated than balancing fatherhood with running a criminal operation, everything Frank cares for is threatened when his former mob associates find out he is still alive.

Cable version: This year's Tony Award nominated Broadway revival "The Trip to Bountiful" is currently in production in Atlanta for a television adaptation to premiere on Lifetime in 2014.

The film stars Cicely Tyson ("The Help") and Vanessa Williams ("Ugly Betty"), Blair Underwood ("In Treatment") and Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool").

"The Trip to Bountiful," the story of one woman's quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family's future, is the best known work by Oscar, Pulitzer Prize, and Emmy Award-winning author Horton Foote.

Back to work: Season five of the FX drama 'Justified" is scheduled to debut at 10 p.m. Jan. 7. This season, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts the Crowes, a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind.

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