Andy Samberg has said goodbye to "Saturday Night Live" and is saying hello to "Cuckoo." Samberg will star in the six-part BBC "Three" comedy series opposite Welsh comedian Greg Davies, the network announced.
The new series was created and written by Robin French and Kieron Quirke. "Cuckoo" features the Thomas family, father Ken (Greg Davies), mom Lorna (Helen Baxendale) and daughter (Tamla Kari) and her new husband, Cuckoo, played by Samberg. Cuckoo joins the family after the Thomas' daughter returns home after her gap year. The character is described as a "squared-jawed, self-appointed spiritual ninja." Call him a New Age slacker.
"The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood," Ash Atalla, "Cuckoo" executive producer, said in a statement. "We hope 'Cuckoo' cements the special relationship between our two great countries. I imagine Obama and Cameron will be watching closely."
News of Samberg's involvement with "Cuckoo" broke in early June 2012 in a New York Post report. Samberg announced he was leaving "Saturday Night Live" around the same time in a New York Times interview, saying "It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life. Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back." He had been with the show since 2005.
"BBC Three continues to break new comedy," Zai Bennett, BBC Three controller, said in a statement. "'Cuckoo' is both original and unique. We're delighted to be announcing this exciting new sitcom with such an illustrious cast from two of my favourite new writers."
No word on whether "Cuckoo" will air in the US.