Andy Samberg isn’t jumping ship from television, but he is jumping across the pond: The comedian, who just completed a seven-year run on Saturday Night Live, will star in Cuckoo, a six-part comedy series on BBC Three also featuring Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners), the London-based network announced today. Samberg will play a New Age-y slacker who marries the daughter (Tamia Kari) of two parents (Davies and Helen Baxendale) who are less than thrilled to welcome this hippie into their home. His character is described as both “square-jawed, self-appointed spiritual ninja” and “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
“The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood,” gushed Cuckoo executive producer Ash Atalla (The Office) in a statement. “We hope Cuckoo cements the special relationship between our two great countries. I imagine [President Barack] Obama and [U.K. Prime Minister David] Cameron will be watching closely.”
The series, which is created and written by Robin French and Kieron Quirke (Trinity), will be filmed over the summer and is slated to air later in the year.
Samberg is currently starring on the big screen opposite Adam Sandler in That’s My Boy.