NBC cancelled “Welcome To Sweden” on July 28 after garnering what star Greg Poehler referred to as “craptastically low ratings.” The entertainment whiz and noted comedian, who also wrote and co-produced the show, announced the news on his Instagram page, where he thanked those who complimented his recent effort and labor of love.
Poehler said he was crying while writing the post in which he put up a picture of the entire cast, a cast Greg said he would miss big time. This proud creator also talked about how the program broke new ground on television.
Indeed, Poehler pronounced that the half-hour program was the “first ever Swedish show shown (as is) on American TV [with] subtitles and all.”
He also commented that “Welcome To Sweden” earned BANFF’s Best Comedy award and was also the winner of Best International Comedy in Monte Carlo. Poehler said those huge accolades were “both firsts for a Swedish show.”
The unique comedy was only halfway through its second season when the network yanked the show, calling for “Hollywood Game Night” to fill its time slot. This is true according to Deadline on Tuesday.
But did the Peacock Network give this sophomore series serious consideration? After all, “Welcome To Sweden” was welcomed with open arms in Sweden where the Amy Poehler executive-produced project got its start.
That said, even though the U.S. has shown some of the second season of the show, starring Amy’s brother and his Swedish actor colleagues, the rest of the programs are available on YouTube. Swedish is the language of choice for this version of the show although some English is spoken, enough to probably understand the plot.
By way of background, “Welcome to Sweden” is loosely based on the life of Greg Poehler. The series goes back and forth across the pond from Stockholm to New York City and back again as an adorable American does his best to continue his relationship with a lovely Swede named Emma, played by Josephine Bornebusch.
Sadly, the American audience, such as it is, won’t be able to see what happens between these two central characters. Will they stay together forever and live bi-continental lives as a result? Or, will their crazy lives taking place on both sides of the Atlantic see them split apart by the distance and other, more intimate factors?
Those rhetorical questions have been hung out to dry as NBC cancelled “Welcome To Sweden” in what could prove to be a premature move. Fans won’t find out the truth of the matter since the Peacock Network may not air the rest of this year’s product. Unfortunately, NBC has not made plans to put the rest of the bi-lingual episodes for season two on their schedule, as of this writing.