“Welcome to Sweden” is a half-hour comedy series that originally aired on TV4 in Sweden and will start running stateside on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Created by the brother and sister team of Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and Greg Poehler, the show is an autobiographical presentation of Greg’s life as someone who has married from a Swedish family. The series also stars Swedish actors Lena Olin (“Alias”), Josephine Bornebusch and Claes Månsson. Read on to learn more about “Welcome to Sweden.”
The story centers on an American named Bruce (Poehler) who decides to change his life by moving to Stockholm, where his Swedish girlfriend, Emma (Bornebusch), is based. With the intention of marrying Emma one day, this comedy series will see through how Bruce adapts to a new family, a new environment and a totally different culture.
The show is based from Poehler’s life who worked as a New York lawyer for 12 years before settling down in Sweden with his wife in 2006. Two years before creating “Welcome to Sweden” with his famous sister (who also briefly appears in the series), Poehler tried his hand at stand-up comedy, doing the rounds in Sweden’s watering holes.
“Welcome to Sweden” is a mix of American and Swedish cultures and languages that it became a challenge for the Poehler siblings to find writers that would be able to translate the jokes well on television without losing its sensibilities. They were aiming to make the series “universal.” Most of the scenes on the show take place in Sweden, offering something new and different for NBC’s viewers.
Aside from Poehler’s sister, the show will also have Will Ferrell (“Anchorman”), Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”) and Illeana Douglas (“Six Feet Under”) in a cameo.
With the show already earning a second season from TV4 in Sweden, the Poehler siblings are eyeing casting a popular Swedish casting family next: father and son Stellan Skarsgård (“Thor”) and Alexander Skarsgård (“True Blood”), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
And that’s it for the news about “Welcome to Sweden.” Watch a clip of the show below and follow more news and updates about this series here on Movie News Guide (MNG).