The Poehler family is expanding their footprint on NBC. The network, which carries the Amy Poehler-starring comedy series Parks & Recreation, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to Welcome To Sweden, a half-hour comedy series from Poehler and her brother Greg, which was originally commissioned by Sweden’s TV4 as the network’s first-ever English-speaking series. The deal with NBC was made by Entertainment One, which handles the show’s worldwide rights. Filmed in Sweden, New York and Los Angeles, Welcome To Sweden is a fish-out-of-water comedy created by Greg Poehler based on his true life story. It is about a New York accountant, Bruce, played by Poehler in his acting debut, who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and follows his heart to Sweden. Lena Olin co-stars as Emma’s mother Viveka, and Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy play Bruce’s parents. Making cameo appearances are Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons. “This show is a ‘first’ on so many levels,” said eOne TV’s EVP Global Production Carrie Stein. 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.” Welcome To Sweden is a co-production between eOne, TV4, FLX and Syskon. Executive producers include Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler; Fredrik Arefalk for TV4; Stein for eOne; and veteran Swedish TV helmer/creator Felix Herngren for FLX.
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