Welcome to Sweden canceled by NBC
Welcome to Sweden, welcome to cancellation, unfortunately.
NBC has axed the sophomore comedy about an American accountant (Greg Poehler) who relocates to Sweden for the love of his life (Josephine Bornebusch), the network confirmed on Tuesday. Poehler, the creator/writer/star of the semi-autobiographical show — which was executive produced by his sister, Amy — broke the bad news on Instagram, citing “some craptastically low ratings in the US.” (The series, which has received favorable reviews, averaged only 1.2 million viewers in the first four episodes of season 2, versus a season 1 average of 2.4 million viewers.)
“When you make a show – and write, produce, obsess and and act in it – all you want us for someone, somewhere, to tell you they appreciate it,” he wrote. “There have been so many of you in both Sweden and the US that have done so, and every compliment has made me immeasurably happy. So, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I’m sitting here crying, but mostly because I’ll prob never work with Josephine, Christopher, Lena, Per and Claes again.”
He also listed Sweden‘s accomplishments (which include 6 million worldwide viewers per episode and being the first Swedish to air “as is,” aka, with subtitles, in the U.S). Poehler urged people to watch the remaining episodes, which feature guest spots by Paul Simon, Jack Black, Neve Campbell and Aubrey Plaza. “Toward the end,” he notes, “I finally figured out what I was doing.”
NBC has yet to decide what to do with the final six episodes. The network will air Hollywood Game Night this Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m.