It’s official: NBC is going Cuckoo.
The network has handed out a pilot order to the long-gestating half-hour comedy project, which is an adaptation of the British series starring Andy Samberg and (later) Taylor Lautner, TVWise has learned.
Based on the BBC Three comedy of the same name, Cuckoo follow a middle-class family whose daughter returns home from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father’s annoyance.
The US adaptation was penned by original series creators Robin French & Kieron Quirke and Tim Long (The Simpsons) – who is on-board as showrunner. Lionsgate Television and Roughcut Television are producing, with French, Quirke, Long and Ash Atalla – who just signed a first-look deal with HBO – set to executive produce.
The UK original ran for two seasons on BBC Three and featured a cast that included Andy Samberg, Tyger Drew Honey, Greg Davies and Taylor Lautner. The first season starred Samberg as Cuckoo and had the same setup that is being utilised for NBC’s version.
Samberg exited Cuckoo ahead of the second season, after his Fox pilot Brooklyn Nine-Nine went to series. As a result of that, the series underwent some re-tooling and introduced Taylor Lautner as the new lead character. The series explained Samberg’s absence by having Cuckoo disappear in the foothills of the Himalayas while researching his book.