Swedish Dicks, a new sitcom featuring Keanu Reeves, debuts tonight on POP. The bizarre Swedish import headlined by Fargo actor Peter Stormare, who co-created the series. POP is airing the first two episodes, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 9. Read on for a preview of the show.
The 10-episode series is the first original production of Viaplay, a Swedish online streaming service, and was made available there in September 2016. Now, Americans are finally getting a chance to see the show, which is set in Los Angeles.
Stormare stars as Igmar Andersson, a Swedish private detective struggling in Los Angles. He finds a fellow Swede, Axel Kruse (newcomer Johan Glans), who is also having difficulty with his life as a DJ. Igmar convinces Axel to join his detective firm, “Swedish Dicks.” Traci Lords co-stars as Igmar’s rival, Jane McKinney. Reeves plays the ghost of Tex, Igmar’s recently deceased friend.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Stormare took credit for coming up with the idea for the show.
“Since I started like 200 years ago, I’ve always wanted to direct and write,” he told the site. “But I’ve been so busy—and fortunate and lucky—as an actor. So a lot of ideas are just put to the side. And I said one day, I’m going to do this. The latter part of my life, the last twenty years in this business, I’m just going to do the things I really love.”
In reality, Stormare started his career in 1978 in Sweden and moved to Los Angeles full time in 1986. Since then, he’s starred in countless TV shows. But his best-known movies are Armageddon, Fargo and The Big Lebowski. He has over 170 credits to his name.
Despite his reputation, Stormare told the Daily Beast that Hollywood studios didn’t like the concept of Swedish Dicks, which is how he ended up teaming up with a fledgling streaming service to make it happen. But the show was popular enough in Sweden to get a season two pick-up in October 2016.
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, August 9
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: POP (To find out what channel POP is for you, click here to go to TVGuide.com and change your provider under “TV Listings.”)
“Episode 1”: “A private eye meets a DJ he finds to be annoying, but who also awakens something in him in the series premiere of this comedy about an aging ex-stuntman and an optimistic DJ who try to solve wild cases as private detectives in L.A.”
“Episode 2”: “Ingmar and Axel get a classic cheating-spouse case to solve, so Axel must prove himself as a private eye. As if that weren’t enough, they run into Ingmar’s rival, Jane McKinney, and Axel is challenged to a duel.”
Peter Stormare as Ingmar Andersson
Johan Glans as Axel Kruse
Vivian Bang as Sun
Felisha Cooper as Sarah Andersson
Keanu Reeves as Tex Johnson
Traci Lords as Jane McKinney
Created By: Peter Stormare, Glenn Lund, Peter Settman, Andrew Lowery
Directors: Jon Holmberg, Peter Stormare
Executive Producers: Peter Settman, Glenn Lund, Fredrik Ljungberg, Andrew Lowery
Production Companies: Brain Academy, Viking Brothers Entertainment
Distributor: Lionsgate TV