MTG orders Swedish Dicks as first Viaplay original

Peter Stormare and Keanu Reeves

Peter Stormare and Keanu Reeves

Modern Times Group (MTG) has commissioned the first original series for its Viaplay online TV offering.

The Sweden-based pay and free TV broadcaster has commissioned Swedish Dicks, a comedy series about a Los Angeles-based Swedish private detective and former stuntman, from Viking Brothers Entertainment and Brain Academy, a production unit run by Swedish actor and comedian Peter Settman and part of MTG’s Nice Entertainment Group.

The show, which stars Peter Stormare (Fargo), Swedish comedian Johan Glans and Keanu Reeves, will premier exclusively on Viaplay in the autumn.

Other cast members include Vivian Bang, Felisha Cooper, Traci Lords and Eric Roberts.

Viking Brothers Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based production outfit run by Stormare and Swedish writer-producers Glenn Lund and Nina Lund.

“The show is a great mix of light and dark humour – both silly and smart comedy which makes it a blast to shoot,” said Settman, who is showrunner for Swedish Dicks. “I think the structure of our show with a case in each episode and a longer mystery throughout the whole season will make it the perfect show for the binge watchers on Viaplay.”

Lund said: “With Keanu Reeves joining this incredible cast and crew, I know this series that started out as a passion project will be a smoking hot addition to the American market.”