Andy Samberg recently announced his departure from Saturday Night Live after completing seven seasons. Samberg is leaving the big bad city of Manhattan to join the BBC. Yes, the one in England.
We will be losing Samberg for a short time while he films the six-part series entitled Cuckoo this coming summer, according to BBC3. The show will air later this year.
BBC3 released a statement describing Cuckoo: “Set in the Midlands, home to the Thomas family. When Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) collect their daughter (Tamla Kari) from the airport, they’re horrified to learn that she’s returned from her gap year with more than just a henna tattoo and braids in her hair. At the arrival gate, she promptly introduces them to her new husband, Cuckoo (Samberg) – the squared-jawed, self-appointed spiritual ninja who is now their son-in-law.”
If you’re a fan of the Inbetweeners you’ll recognize British comedy giant Davies who plays Samberg’s unobliging father-in-law.
“The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood,” says Executive Producer Ash Atalla (The Office). “We hope Cuckoo cements the special relationship between our two great countries. I imagine Obama and Cameron will be watching closely.” Hmm, do we hear English sarcasm in that last line?
Surely Samberg will be recognized but at the same time it might be a bit of a working holiday for him — taking a break from the streets of NYC — simultaneously allowing the U.S. studios to sweat it out while he decides where he’ll land next.
Are you a little jealous Cuckoo, as of now, only plans to be aired in the UK?