Amy Poehler is going to Sweden for NBC.
The network has acquired the broadcast rights to the half-hour comedy “Welcome to Sweden,” which is being executive produced by “Saturday Night Live” alum Amy Poehler and her brother, Greg Poehler.
The series, from Entertainment One, is based on Greg Poehler’s true life story about a New York accountant, Bruce (played by Greg Poehler) who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma and follows his heart to Sweden. In his acting debut, Greg will star in the series along with Josephine Bornebusch (“Solsidan”) who will play Emma. Lena Olin (“Chocolat”) will also star as Emma’s mother Viveka. Illeana Douglas (“Easy to Assemble”) and Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”) will also star as Bruce’s parents.
“Welcome to Sweden,” which was created by Greg Poehler, is a co-production between Entertainment One (eOne), TV4, FLX and Syskon. Executive producers include Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler; Fredrik Arefalk for TV4; Carrie Stein for eOne; and veteran Swedish TV helmer /creator Felix Herngren for FLX. eOne handles the worldwide rights to the series in all media.
“This show is a ‘first’ on so many levels,” eOne Television executive vice president, global production Carrie Stein said of the series. “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.”