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NBC picks up Amy Poehler's "Welcome to Sweden"

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NBC is getting into business with Amy Poehler's little brother, Greg Poehler.

The network has acquired the new half-hour comedy series Welcome to Sweden, executive produced by the sibling team of Amy and Greg Poehler and starring the latter, from Entertainment One. The series will feature cameo appearances from the Parks and Recreation star, as well as Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and KISS frontman Gene Simmons.

Created by Greg Poehler, Welcome to Sweden is a fish-out-of-water tale based on the former lawyer's personal life. New York accountant Bruce (Poehler) falls in love with a Swedish girl named Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and follows her to Sweden. Lena Olin, Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy also star as the couple's respective parents.

"This show is a 'first' on so many levels," said Carrie Stein, executive vp global production at eOne Television. "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.”

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Tags: amy poehler, television
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