June 12th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Andy Samberg to star in BBC series

Andy Samberg is skipping across the pond for his next project.

The actor/comedian, who just made his exit from "Saturday Night Live" official earlier this month, has signed on to star in a new BBC sitcom called "Cuckoo."

Samberg plays the titular character, a "self-appointed spiritual ninja" who marries into a British family. Cuckoo is supposed to be as kooky as his name, an American "slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas" who drives his wife's dad Ken, played by Brit comedian Greg Davies, up a wall.

The six-part series is expected to begin production this summer to air on BBC Three later this year.

Executive producer Ash Atalla has high hopes for the comedy, saying in a statement that "The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood" with this new show.

"We hope 'Cuckoo' cements the special relationship between our two great countries," Atalla said. "I imagine Obama and Cameron will be watching closely."

Filed under: Celebrities • Late Night comedy • television

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    January 30, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Delancey

    Love Greg Davies...and can totally see Sandberg as the obnoxious Yank son in law. Hope this plays on BBC America...looking forward to it!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hot Rod

    SNL used to be legit. Too legit. Too legit to quit. But now SNL is not legit. It's unlegit. And for that reason, he must quit.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
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    June 14, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fubarack

    I too picture Obama watching, what else would he be doing.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carm

    Good riddance; he isn't funny. Britain can keep him.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BT

      Actually he is pretty funny. I'm betting you aren't though.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      "British comedy" is an oxymoron. Don't know Samberg, but do know I'll not spend that irreplaceable part of my life tuning in.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    Greg Davies starred as Mr. Gilbert in the brilliant British show The Inbetweeners, can't wait to watch!

    June 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daws

    Hope he's not a writer...at the least, fortunately BBC shows don't usually run that long anyway 😛

    June 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brenda

    He was pretty funny. The music skits were hilarious (goes without saying). There are MANY SNL alum that no one can even remember. Tom Davis? Robin Duke? Mary Gross? At least Andy was funny enough to become famous.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Actually, I remember Mary Gross by face (after I Googled her). Just didn't know her name.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Serious

      Famous? Really? Provide proof that he is actually famous. Has "Famous" become any shmuck that got a laugh or two. Is he famous like Lucy or even Gilda? How many horrible movies will he be in? "Adam eats a sammich"? He isn't talented in the least!!!

      June 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tara

    I'M AND ADULT!!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. British Twit

    The British folk love his teeth. Stay tuned for something completely different, "Monty Samdberg's Flying Circus"

    June 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JC

    "Hey Goat, say hello to your mother for me..."
    D..k in a Box" w/ Timberlake. Good stuff.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    Comedy isn't easy. Take a look at the comments board for proof.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. michael

    sour grapes. go back to your cubicle and make some calls

    June 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robert

    A BBC sitcom? What the heck man, you're an American! What, you couldn't do something in the States? I throw this idea on the ground!... J/K... Best of luck to Andy!

    June 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. zosk

    There's NOTHING funny about this guy, except his huge mouth!

    June 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Melanie

    Dude aint as funny as some make him out to be... Cheerio!

    June 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Slayer

    SNL is still funny, The digital shorts were hilarious.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Ve have Vays

    Andy said he was leav7ng for the UK because Obama will lose and Andy said he cant s4and to see the meltdown here on November 7. eric Holder is also going as well...more on this story at 7PM...

    June 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ve have Vays

    Andy told an unamed souse

    June 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ve have Vays

    Any said he was leavin to gp to the UK because aobama

    June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Frozen Cave Man

    Good luck Samberg! Thanks for the creativity and humor. I defy most of the comments. I am an old, white, retired infantryman, Christian, hunter, fisherman, college professor, Bible reading father and I have been a fan of your work, from laser cats to landing a nice punch on someone before they take a bite. Like anything that lasts, there are ups and downs. Lorne is brilliant in his consistency of purpose.

    June 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. hah


    June 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  24. hipster

    Samberg seems to be a one trick pony for me. All his characters are the same.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Detroit Ultraman

    Who watches SNL anymore? – That show has not been funny for about 15 years, and only sentimental dolts clinging to its long-gone glory days still bother with it. In contrast, while it has had a few duds, the BBC has a long-running track record of producing great comedy.
    Not a bad career move at all.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |

      I wondered if I was the only one who thought that show hasn't been funny AT ALL since the Farley/Sandler/Hartman days. A complete waste of air time on Saturday night, I'd rather watch porn....

      June 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmm

      If you haven't watched SNL in 15 years, how do you know it's not funny?

      June 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      How do you know if the show is funny or not, since you're not watching it, right? Oh, that's right, you're just like that certain group of people out there who just read about things and make comments without actually knowing.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  26. citizenUSA

    Sounds like a step DOWN for Andy.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. zeibodique

    For those who are raking Andy Samberg over the coals with the usual childish retorts- Until you appear on a weekly national television program, you can sit down like the child you are and wait your turn. With the way you're acting, that will be a very long time and those who don't act like you will very much enjoy your silence.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jeremy austin

    despite what people say about andy samberg not being funny on saturday night live you guys probly couldnt do any better than he did he was funny and clever at what he did in his skits in a way he brought snl back on top again. and i dont get why people thought kristen wiig was funny she wasnt she sucks and so did her skits if andy wants to branch out and try diifferent stuff why do people need to bash him for that

    June 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. NYKnows

    An interesting choice, but a terrible career move. How many SNL members left for films/TV in LA, and were never heard from again? Going to the UK may be a ploy to launch an international career, but only if you already have a robust US career going, and Samberg does not. It would have been better to work on a US series based on digital shorts, something Samberg excels at, and position other projects from there. This has "BIG MISTAKE" all over it.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  30. fdasfd@

    Giant Jewish nose


    June 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Donkey Party

    Wow, only 5 comments before the hateful comments start. If you self-loathing sub-humans hate him so much, why the eff are you here with your meaningless comments??? Go crawl back under your rocks, society is better off without you.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      He's not even remotely funny though.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      i agree, there should be no racist remarks but your comments are pretty hate filled too so how about ignoring the ignorance rather than playing a part in it yourself?

      June 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. ProperVillain

    So they are remaking Dharma and Greg?

    June 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. redcard

    you guys are clearly too old to be wtaching snl.

    he was hands down the funniest thing on that show. his digital shorts were the best and have generated more viral hits and viewrs for SNL than any other skits they have ever done. So you guys are clealry the vocal minority.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  34. garyd

    Samberg's leaving SNL and going to the BBC? You know what they say? Once you go BBC you never go back! Best of luck laddy,say hello to the Queen Andy!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  35. Gene

    Most overrated SNL cast member ever!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  36. J0nx

    He's not that bad guys come on. His impersonation of marky mark at the zoo was funny as h3 ll!

    June 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  37. markglicker@cox.net

    SNL had some talent over the years, but all in all I found it to be slow and self absorbed.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  38. Ganan

    He is not, nor was he ever funny on SNL. Bye bye now.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  39. Barry

    He will take his mediocre comedic ability to the BBC, & create another European stereotype of the stupid American.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • veggiedude

      It's not a stereotype – eight years of Bush is a hard memory to eradicate.

      June 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  40. mikrik13

    It seems almost all the actors on "American" TV/cable are British or from the Isles. Good to see an American making a dent in their world.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  41. Skippy

    Good grief......whatever did we do to England to have them deserve us dumping off another unfunny SNL alum who wouldn't have lasted 1 skit with the show when it was actually entertaining?

    June 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  42. Carm

    Good! They can keep him. He's not funny.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  43. palintwit

    "Well, folks, Sarah Palin has admitted she tried marijuana several years ago, but she did not like it. She said it distorted her perceptions, impaired her thinking, and she's hoping that the effects will eventually wear off." —Jay Leno

    June 13, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  44. USA


    June 13, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  45. SNLexpert

    He could become the next Rob Schneider !

    June 13, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |

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