Amy Poehler and her brother Greg Poehler have launched Syskon, a production banner dedicated to developing half-hour comedies. The first series to come out of the company, Welcome To Sweden, created by and starring Greg Poehler and co-starring Lena Olin and Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy, has just been ordered by Sweden’s TV4. A fish-out-of-water comedy, Welcome To Sweden is based on Greg Poehler’s true-life story about a New York accountant, Bruce (Poehler), who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma, and follows his heart to Sweden. Making his acting debut, Greg will star along with Josephine Bornebusch (Solsidan) as Emma, Olin as Emma’s mother Viveka, and Douglas and Duffy as Bruce’s parents. Welcome To Sweden, which marks TV4’s first English-language co-production, will be produced by local Swedish producer FLX (TV4’s comedy Solsidan), with Entertainment One handling worldwide rights. Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler executive produce. “I’m so happy to work with my talented brother Greg and the terrific Swedish actors who have joined us,” Amy Poehler said. “Hopefully this helps us decide once and for all who is our parents’ favorite child.” Added Carrie Stein, EVP Global Production at Entertainment One, who also is exec producing the series alongside Fredrik Arefalk for TV4 and veteran Swedish TV helmer/creator Felix Herngren (Solsidan) for FLX, “Greg Poehler is a talent on the rise, both as an actor and writer, and he has created a series rife with humor as his lead character tries to navigate a different culture, a foreign language, his girlfriend’s quirky family and a life-changing romance.” eOne is pitching the series to U.S. networks. With its fish-out-of-water setup, Welcome To Sweden is reminiscent of Norwegian dramedy Lilyhammer starring The Sopranos‘ Steven Van Zandt, which successfully found a home in the US on Netflix.
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