Amy Poehler Orders a New Show…In Sweden?
Plus: Parks and Rec renewed for season 6, The Mindy Project renewed for season 2, and guess which Boston actor will be on Arrested Development?
As it turns out, comedienne and Burlington native Amy Poehler is pretty huge in Sweden. Who knew? Laughspin.com reported that she and her brother Greg Poehler just sold a comedy series called Welcome to Sweden, which will air on TV4 in the Nordic nation. The show is supposed to be part of the sibling’s mission to launch their production company called Syskon, which will produce and develop half-hour comedies.
The series is based on Greg’s life as a New York accountant who follows the girl he loves to Sweden. The show stars a handful of credible Swedish actors, including Lena Olin (Remember Me, Alias).
This will be the first show produced by Syskon, but Poehler herself has quite a few projects on her own plate independently. The web series Broad City was picked up by Comedy Central for a 10-episode season, and will be executive-produced by Poehler in 2014. According to Comedy Central, the series is centered around “two friends in New York City [Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer] navigating their way through the minutiae that is life, making the smallest and mundane events strange and funny.”
Plus (and we can all high-five each other over this one): Leslie Knope and the rest of the Parks and Recreation cast will be back for a sixth season this fall.
As for the rest of NBC’s Boston-bred actors, things are looking pretty solid. John Krasinski, also known as the one who stole our hearts as Jim Halpert on The Office, will be returning to the comedy TV scene this year. Krasinski will have a cameo role on the Netflix reboot of Arrested Development, which will be released with all of its 15 episodes on May 26. Details on Krasinski’s character are completely under wraps, but the revived cult comedy will also feature some other familiar faces: Conan O’Brien, Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen, and Ben Stiller, just to name a few.
Finally Mindy Kaling’s rookie comedy series The Mindy Project was picked up for season two. She will also return to The Office series finale this Thursday night as Kelly Kapoor, alongside BJ Novak as Ryan Howard and—surprise!—the ever-loved Steve Carell as Michael Scott.