Swedish Dicks

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Swedish Dicks
Swedish Dicks.png
Genre Comedy
Created by
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)
  • Anders Niska
  • Klas Wahl
Country of origin
  • Sweden
  • United States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Swedish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Peter Settman
  • Glenn Lund
  • Fredrik Ljungberg
  • Andrew Lowery
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Cinematography
  • Pål Bugge Haagenrud
  • Hallgrim Haug
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Brain Academy
  • Viking Brothers Entertainment
Distributor Lionsgate TV
Release
Original network Viaplay
Pop (U.S.)
Original release September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02) – present
External links
Official website viaplay.se/swedishdicks

Swedish Dicks is an American-Swedish comedy web television series created by Peter Stormare, Glenn Lund, Peter Settman, and Andrew Lowery. The plot follows two unlicensed Swedish private investigators trying to make a living in Los Angeles. It premiered on September 2, 2016 via Swedish online streaming service Viaplay as its first original production. In the United States, the series premiered on the Pop television network on August 9, 2017, as well as being distributed worldwide by American network Lionsgate TV. In October 2016, the series was renewed for a second season set to air in December 2017 in Northern Europe and January 2018 in the United States.

Premise[edit]

A former stuntman, Ingmar Andersson (Peter Stormare), works as a private investigator in Los Angeles. His life crosses paths with struggling DJ Axel Kruse (Johan Glans). After giving up his DJ career, he decides to join Ingmar and becomes a partner of his detective firm "Swedish Dick" (now "Swedish Dicks"). Together, they solve various cases, as well as compete with Ingmar's long-time rival and owner of the best investigating company in Los Angeles, Jane McKinney (Traci Lords). Axel is also trying to discover Ingmar's past and the circumstances of his retirement from stunt performing.

Production[edit]

Peter Stormare came up with the concept for Swedish Dicks in 2014. He began writing the script for what was intended to become a one-hour drama. When he showed the script to Peter Settman, he suggested that it would be better as a series.[1] Stormare was inspired by his real-life friends, one ex-military and the other an ex-stuntman, who really did become private investigators.[2]

Casting[edit]

The series was first announced in November 2015 with Peter Stormare and Johan Glans as confirmed cast.[3][4] In March 2016, it was announced that Keanu Reeves and Traci Lords had joined the show.[5] Stormare confirmed he wrote the part of Jane McKinney with Lords in mind: "I had never met her, but whenever I saw her in a photo or anything, I just felt a connection to that face. And then she had written a book that is fantastic, about her survival, and how that girl survived is a miracle. So it was like a voice within me when I was writing, saying, 'You have to get Traci Lords, Traci Lords, Traci Lords.' Like she was channeling me."[2] Lords described Jane as "the kind of a woman who likes to play with men and use her femininity. At the same time, she believes that she definitely has the biggest dick in the room."[6]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date U.S. viewers
(thousands)
1 "Episode 1" Peter Settman Andrew Lowery September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02) 127[7]
Ingmar (Peter Stormare) is a former stuntman who works as a private investigator in Los Angeles. He is in danger of losing his detective business if he doesn't pay off his debt. After he fails to solve his last case, he is hired by Theodore (Brando Eaton), a young DJ who offers Ingmar $8,000 to find his stolen laptop. He is led to a once famous DJ named Axel (Johan Glans). After the two spend a night at a bar, Ingmar steals the laptop from drunk Axel's hotel room and returns it to Theodore. However, he soon finds out that Theodore is a bartender who was hired by a club owner Tony (Julio Oscar Mechoso) to steal Axel's music.
2 "Episode 2" Peter Settman Andrew Lowery September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02) 87[7]
After becoming detective partners, Ingmar takes his new colleague Axel to a shooting range where they encounter Ingmar's enemy and founder of the best investigating company in Los Angeles, Jane McKinney (Traci Lords). Ingmar bets with Jane that he can make Axel shoot better than one of her guys in one week. Meanwhile, the "dicks" are hired by a blindman Jeff to find out if his wife is having an affair. Axel is introduced to Ingmar's daughter Sarah (Felisha Cooper).
3 "Episode 3" Peter Settman Andrew Lowery September 9, 2016 (2016-09-09) 110[8]
An owner of an advertising agency Dan (Josh Daugherty) has a suspicion that someone has been stealing and selling his company's ideas. The investigation is complicated after the agency's owner commits a suicide.
4 "Episode 4" Jon Holmberg Andrew Lowery September 9, 2016 (2016-09-09) 71[8]
Ingmar is haunted by a ghost of his old friend and stunt partner Tex (Keanu Reeves). A female couple (Musetta Vander and Laney Fichera) hire the "dicks" to find their missing daughter Rachel (Ashley St. George) who had joined a cult. Axel finds the cult leader Sam (Taylor Nichols) and pretends he wants to join.
5 "Episode 5" Jon Holmberg Andrew Lowery September 16, 2016 (2016-09-16) 102[9]
A young female porn star Taylor Slow (Jane Levy) hires the "dicks" to catch her stalker. Axel is trying to infiltrate inside Jane's detective company.
6 "Episode 6" Jon Holmberg Andrew Lowery September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) 129[10]
Axel decides to stop taking his antidepressants without his therapist's approval, which leads to him suffering from its side effects. With Ingmar, they find the cameraman who they believe had been shooting behind-the-scenes footage on the set of Blood Curse 2. He is willing to give them a copy of the footage under one condition: they kill him. Meanwhile, Anne, an owner of a pet cemetery reaches out to the "dicks" to help her convict her competitor Carl of unethically cremating animals in large groups, instead of individually as he claims. After they arrive late to their appointment, they are suggested to find an assistant. On their way to the office, they run over a dog that survives. They bring the dog to the cameraman who agrees to exchange it for the tape. On the tape they find out that Tex had been having an affair with a girlfriend of a Russian mobster Dmitrii. When they finally force Oscar to make a video confession, Anne decides to make him her business partner instead of turning him in to the police.
7 "Episode 7" Jon Holmberg Andrew Lowery September 30, 2016 (2016-09-30) N/A
Ingmar finds a way to get a large amount of money, so that he can buy a car from the guy who he suspects for killing his friend Tex. Meanwhile Axel tries to make friends in L.A. and end up hanging out with Ingmars daughter, Sarah.
8 "Episode 8" Peter Settman Andrew Lowery October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07) 96[11]
Ingmar tries to set a meeting with Dimitri (Carlo Rota), a Russian Mafia boss who sells stolen cars, who he suspects for killing his friend Tex a couple of years ago. Meanwhile Axel is hired to solve a case of cyberbullying.
9 "Episode 9" Jon Holmberg Andrew Lowery October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14) N/A
Ingmar and Axel are hired by an Australian sheep farmer Jack (Anthony LaPaglia), his daughter Sheila (Katherine Wallace) and son (Josh Harp), to recover their stolen ram named Russell Crowe.
10 "Episode 10" Jon Holmberg Andrew Lowery October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14) N/A

Broadcast[edit]

The first two episodes of Swedish Dicks premiered on September 2, 2016 via Swedish online streaming service Viaplay. Later that month, it was announced that the series had been picked up by American network Lionsgate TV to be distributed worldwide, and premiered in the United States on the Pop television network on August 9, 2017.[12][13][14] In October 2016, the series was renewed for a second season.[15][16] It is scheduled to air in December 2017 in Northern Europe and January 2018 in the United States.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Swedish Dicks received mixed reviews from critics. Karolina Fjellborg of Aftonbladet wrote: "Initially, I felt a concern that this series would be more silly than funny, but soon I realized that it is actually both - and it works."[17] Pål Nisja Wilhelmsen of SIDE3 found the first episode "shockingly weak" but pointed out that "the two leading roles have a good chemistry, and the script gives them room for friendly banter". He added that the series is "entertaining enough, but is probably no classic."[18] Roger Wilson of Sveriges Radio wrote that Swedish Dicks is "one of those strange Swedish productions, where you think you do not need any act or joke if you just set it the United States and add guest appearances by Traci Lords and Keanu Reeves. It gets a little better when Traci Lords is in order, she can at least understand that she is part of a slapstick series."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergqvist, Mattias (August 30, 2016). "Peter Stormare om nya serien "Swedish Dicks": "Det är min bebis"". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Schager, Nick (August 8, 2017). "The Wild, Deliciously Weird Career of 'Swedish Dick' Peter Stormare". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (November 16, 2015). "Viaplay recruits Stormare for Swedish Dicks". ScreenDaily. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Viaplay och Peter Settman lanserar första originalserien – Swedish Dicks". Mynewsdesk (in Swedish). November 17, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (March 14, 2016). "Keanu Reeves joins comedy series 'Swedish Dicks'". ScreenDaily. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ Palm, Erik Augustin (August 20, 2016). "Traci Lords: "Lärde mig förstå svenska genom kroppsspråk"". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (August 10, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.9.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (August 17, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.16.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 24, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.23.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 31, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.30.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 15, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.13.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ Wilkes, Peter (September 14, 2016). "MTG and Lionsgate Strike Global Distribution Deal For Original Series" (Press release). Santa Monica, California and Stockholm, Sweden: Lionsgate. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (September 14, 2016). "Swedish Comedy Series Starring Peter Stormare Eyes U.S. Network Pickup Via Lionsgate TV". Deadline. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ "SWEDISH DICKS Official Trailer (HD) Peter Stormare, Keanu Reeves Pop Original Series". YouTube. June 6, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  15. ^ Vlessing, Etan (October 10, 2016). "Keanu Reeves' TV Comedy 'Swedish Dicks' Gets Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  16. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (October 10, 2016). "Mipcom: MTG Studios Orders Second Season of 'Swedish Dicks,' Lionsgate TV Takes Global Distribution Rights". Variety. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ Fjellborg, Karolina (September 2, 2016). "Premiär i dag för "Swedish Dicks" – som är bättre än du kanske tror". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  18. ^ Wilhelmsen, Pål Nisja (August 31, 2016). "Bør du vurdere Swedish Dicks?". SIDE3 (in Norwegian). Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  19. ^ Wilson, Roger (September 2, 2016). "USA-fixering enda räddningen för "Swedish Dicks"". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). Retrieved September 9, 2016. 

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