Adaptation Of British Comedy ‘Cuckoo’ Gets Put Pilot Commitment At NBC
EXCLUSIVE: Breakout BBC Three comedy Cuckoo starring Andy Sambergt is getting an U.S. remake via NBC, the network behind the most successful British comedy adaptation in the past decade, The Office. NBC has given a put pilot commitment to the single-camera project, from Lionsgate TV and the original series’ producer Roughcut Television. Cuckoo is the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron — a guy called Cuckoo. UK writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, who created the BBC series, will write the adaptation, with The Simpsons veteran Tim Long on board as showrunner. French, Quirke and Long executive produce with the original series’ exec producers Ash Atalla and Dan Hine. In the British series, an English girl returns home from her post-college gap year with an eccentric hippie American husband named Cuckoo, played by Samberg in his first post-Saturday Night Live TV gig, before he signed on for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Watch a trailer below. How cool does Cuckoo sound with a British accent?) Cuckoo set a ratings record for a BBC Three comedy launch when it premiered last fall and was renewed for a second season.