Siblings Amy and Greg Poehler are getting into business with Swedish television. They’ll be executive producing a half-hour comedy series for Sweden’s TV4 called “Welcome to Sweden” under their new production banner Syskon, alongside Swedish producer FLX and Entertainment One.
“Welcome to Sweden” is being shot in Sweden and New York and will be an English-language fish-out-of-water deal based on Greg Poehler’s real life story of falling in love with a Swedish girl and following her back to her home country. Greg Poehler, who created the series, will make his acting debut as Bruce, a New York accountant whose romance with Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) will lead him on a Scandinavian adventure. Lena Olin will play Emma’s mother Viveka, Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy will play Bruce’s parents. Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza and KISS’s Gene Simmons are set to make cameos.
“I’m overjoyed to work with everyone involved to create what we hope will be a uniquely international show. Mostly, I’m happy to finally start profiting from my strange Swedish experiences,” said Greg Poehler in the announcement, with Amy adding “I’m so happy to work with my talented brother Greg and the terrific Swedish actors who have joined us. Hopefully this helps us decide once and for all who is our parents’ favorite child.”
Entertainment One is currently pitching the series to U.S. broadcasters and cable networks. The set-up is reminiscent of another Scandinavian co-production, “Lilyhammer,” which starred Steven Van Zandt as a New York gangster who ends up in witness protection in Norway.
Amy Poehler, whose “Parks and Recreation” recently finished its fifth season, is also executive producing “Broad City,” which was given a season order by Comedy Central in March.