BBC Three’s Cuckoo is changing leads once again.
Taylor Lautner (Twilight) has exited the series ahead of its fifth season. He first joined the show for season two back in 2014, when original star Andy Samberg exited due to his commitment to the Fox-turned-NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Lautner’s character Dale left Lichfield as the end of the show’s fourth season after he and Rachel left to go travelling to Sierra Leone. Andie MacDowell has been set as the new lead for the series. She will play Ivy, the sister Ken never knew he had.
“I’m so happy I get to pass my Cuckoo baton to someone as talented as Andie”, Taylor Lautner said in a statement. “She’ll do a great job keeping the Thompson family on their toes! I’ll miss everyone on the show – not least Chief Ken. But not all goodbyes are forever.”
As TVWise previously reported, the fifth season of Cuckoo will premiere on BBC Three on Friday January 4th, when all seven episodes will be available via the iPlayer. Cuckoo is produced by Roughcut Television and stars Greg Davies (Man Down) as Ken, Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet) as Lorna, Tyger Drew Honey (Outnumbered) as Dylan, Esther Smith (Ballot Monkeys) as Rachel and Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings And A Funeral). Ben Gregor is the director. Emma Lawson, Dan Hine and Ash Atalla are the executive producers.
“Cuckoo’s successful series regeneration of the lead protagonist makes it the Doctor Who of comedy”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “It’s a real badge of quality for the show that the writing continues to attract the very cream of Hollywood talent to the Midlands”
While Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, added: ““We’re delighted that Andie MacDowell will be joining the cast of Cuckoo for Series 5. Following Taylor’s hugely popular stint on the show, Andie will bring a different flavour to the show and it’s incredibly exciting to see a talent of Andie’s calibrate joining the brilliant existing cast for what will be another memorable slice of life with the Thompson family in Lichfield”