NBC has picked up the second season of their low-rated summer sitcom, Welcome to Sweden. There will be 10 episodes.
On Welcome to Sweden, a successful New Yorker (Greg Poehler) agrees to follow his girlfriend (Josephine Bornebusch) as she returns to her hometown of Stockholm. Others in the cast are Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Christopher Wagelin, Per Svensson, Patrick Duffy, and Illeana Douglas.
The series has garnered low ratings, even for a summer series. The latest episode drew a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.52 million total viewers.
However, the peacock network merely licenses the show so it doesn’t cost NBC very much when compared to producing their original programming. In April, it was renewed for a second season in Sweden so it would seem like a given that NBC would pick up season two here but that hasn’t been the case with other summer shows.
You may recall that licensed shows Crossing Lines, The Listener, and Merlin were all dropped by NBC after one season.
Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler is among the show’s producers so that may have played into the decision to keep Welcome to Sweden as well.
What do you think? Do you like Welcome to Sweden? Do you think NBC should have committed to season two or should they have cancelled it?