Andy Samberg Exits BBC Three’s ‘Cuckoo’, ‘Twilight’ Star Taylor Lautner Cast As New Lead

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After months of speculation, BBC Three has confirmed that Andy Samberg will not be returning to their hit comedy series Cuckoo for its upcoming second season.

The show’s second season, which was unofficially ordered last year shortly after the conclusion of its first season, has been on hold as the original star, Andy Samberg, was unavailable for filming as his US pilot Brooklyn Nine-Nine was picked up to series by Fox, and recently earned a full season order. Rather than cancel Cuckoo, BBC bosses have decided to move forward with a second season sans Samberg. Instead, Twilight star Taylor Lautner has joined the cast and the second season will now enter production.

The series is poised to address the absence of Samberg, whose character, Cuckoo flew the coop to continue researching his book and while on walkabout in the foothills of the Himalayas, went missing… eventually presumed dead. Now, two years on the Thompson family house is only just getting back to normal. Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) are looking forward to a future without the kids under their feet. Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) is about to go to university and Rachel (Tamla Kari) is rebuilding her life with her new boyfriend, a nice-but-dull lawyer, Ben. This fragile equilibrium is well and truly shattered when a handsome and mysterious young stranger (Taylor Lautner) appears in Lichfield, looking for the man who found fame and philosophy in the simplest of hot snacks: the jack-et po-ta-to.

“Cuckoo was one of BBC Three’s most stand out comedies, so I’m delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year”, said Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three.