NBC Buys the Rights to Amy Poehler’s Swedish Sitcom
1:46 pm, October 8th | by Colette McIntyre
The Poehlers are bringing Sweden stateside: NBC has bought the U.S. broadcast rights to Welcome To Sweden, a half-hour comedy produced by Amy Poehler and her brother Greg. The show, which was the first English-speaking series commissioned by Swedish network TV4, is a semi-autobiographical “fish-out-of-water” sitcom based on Greg Poehler’s life.
Welcome To Sweden is about New York accountant Bruce (played by Poehler in his acting debut) who falls in love with a Swedish woman and follows her back to Stockholm. Swedish performers Josephine Bornebusch and Lena Olin play love interest Emma and her mother, respectively; American actors Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy co-star as Bruce’s parents. The series features cameos from Amy, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza, and, weirdly enough, Gene Simmons. Amy will also executive produce alongside her brother via the duo’s international production company Syskon (which is the Swedish word for “sibling”).
“This show is a ‘first’ on so many levels,” eOne TV’s EVP Global Production Carrie Stein told Deadline. “It’s the first English-language comedy for TV4; the first television show Greg Poehler has ever created and starred in and executive produced with his sister Amy; and it’s the first time NBC has been involved with a comedy shot in Stockholm with a large Swedish cast. The reason this comedy has attracted all these people is because its theme is universal — love conquers all…even if it means moving to Sweden.”