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

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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.

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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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