Swedish television welcomes Amy Poehler with new comedy series

"Welcome to Sweden" will be TV4's first comedy in English

By Prachi Gupta

Published May 9, 2013 4:32PM (EDT)

American national treasure Amy Poehler is spreading some of her charm and wit to Sweden with a new comedy series called "Welcome to Sweden." Poehler is producing the series with her brother, Greg Poehler, under their new production company, Syskon (which means "sibling" in Swedish).

“I’m so happy to work with my talented brother Greg and the terrific Swedish actors who have joined us,” Amy Poehler said in a press release. “Hopefully this helps us decide once and for all who is our parents’ favorite child.”

The show, based on Greg Poehler's real-life romance, will be TV4's first English-language comedy. Details from the Hollywood Reporter:

Based on Greg Poehler's life, Sweden centers on New York accountant Bruce, who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma, and follows his heart to Sweden. Greg Poehler will make his acting debut as Bruce, starring opposite Josephine Bornebusch (Solsidan) as Emma, Lena Olin as Emma's mother Viveka and Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy as Bruce's parents.

Amy Poehler will make a cameo in the series, along with Parks and Recreation co-star Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons.

Watch a clip of Greg Poehler talking about his relationship in a stand-up comedy performance:

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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