Amy Poehler's Brother Steps Forward in 'Welcome to Sweden'

Maggie Furlong
Yahoo TV
March 21, 2014

Looks like funny runs in the family! "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler's brother, Greg Poehler, has a new sitcom called "Welcome to Sweden," and it looks like a funny fish-out-of-water tale. The only downside is it's only airing in Sweden... for now.

UPDATE: NBC announced it will air "Welcome to Sweden" (premieres Thurs., July 10 at 9 p.m.) and released this new promo:

And watch this adorable Swedish teaser featuring the brother-and-sister executive producing duo and a sneak of Amy's anti-Leslie Knope role on the show:

Amy: "Greg, what made you decide you wanted to do a TV show in Sweden?"
Greg: "Well I saw my sister making TV shows over the past 30, 40 years..."
Amy: "And you know how untalented I am."
Greg: "And I realized... I just saw how easy it was! It just looked so simple."
Amy: "It is. It's a piece of cake."

Amy helps Greg set up the premise of the show, noting she's met "quite a few crazy people here in Sweden," and from the clips, it's not unlike some of the characters we've met in Pawnee.

In the semi-autobiographical comedy, which is Greg's acting debut, he plays Bruce, a New York accountant who falls for a Swedish girl named Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and then quits his job to follow her to Sweden. Executive produced by Greg and Amy, the Golden Globes co-host also has a recurring role as one of Bruce's most difficult American clients. Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy play Bruce's parents (shown behind-the-scenes, below), and Lena Olin plays Emma's mother Viveka. "Welcome to Sweden" also features cameos by Will Ferrell, Gene Simmons, and Amy's "Parks and Recreation" co-star Aubrey Plaza.

Back in October, NBC purchased the U.S. rights for the show, which premieres Friday on Sweden's TV4 — the network's first English-language series — although NBC hasn't announced any plans to air it yet. (Update again: It's airing in July now.)

"This show is a 'first' on so many levels," eOne TV’s Carrie Stein said in a statement when the partnership was announced. "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.”

Watch the Swedish "Welcome to Sweden" trailer here:

Will you watch a Swedish-set American comedy on NBC?

"Welcome to Sweden" premieres Thurs., July 10 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Need more Amy Poehler? Here she is with her "Parks and Rec" co-stars talking about their big Season 6 finale:

 

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