Andy Samberg Lands New TV Gig

‘SNL’ alum will play title character on BBC series ‘Cuckoo.’
By Jocelyn Vena
Andy Samberg
Photo: Jesse Grant/ WireImage It’s been less than two weeks since Andy Samberg announced his departure from “Saturday Night Live,” and he’s already got plans to return to the small screen. The “That’s My Boy” star will appear in a six-part comedy series on the BBC titled “Cuckoo,” the network announced. British funnyman and “The Inbetweeners” actor Greg Davies will also star in the show, filming this summer. The series will follow parents who are stunned to meet their daughter’s new husband, “a self-appointed spiritual ninja,” played by Samberg. Samberg’s Cuckoo is “a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas” who is taken in by the Thomas family as he embarks on newlywed life with his bride. Davies plays the father, Ken Thomas. The cast is filled out by Helen Baxendale, playing mom Lorna, and Tamla Kari, who plays their daughter. The series will air later this year on the network. “BBC Three continues to break new comedy. ‘Cuckoo’ is both original and unique,” BBC Three executive Zai Bennett said in a statement, also showing love to the show’s writers, Robin French and Kieron Quirke. “We’re delighted to be announcing this exciting new sitcom with such an illustrious cast from two of my favorite new writers.” Executive producer Ash Atalla added, “The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood. We hope ‘Cuckoo’ cements the special relationship between our two great countries. I imagine Obama and Cameron will be watching closely.” When MTV News caught up with Samberg shortly after he announced he was leaving “SNL,” he opened up about the things he’ll miss most about working on the series. “I’ve been saying it a lot — I’m going to miss all of my friends and the people I work with,” he said. “I love them all so much, and I’m hoping to stay in touch with them.”

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