NBC has ordered the comedy pilot “Cuckoo,” based on the BBC3 series that starred Andy Samberg as an offbeat American who marries into a British family.
The U.S. rendition comes from Lionsgate TV and will be spearheaded by showrunner-exec producer Tim Long (“The Simpsons”). “Cuckoo” creators Robin French and Kieron Quirke are on board as writers and exec producers, along with Ash Atalla.
“Cuckoo” has aired two seasons to date on BBC3, although Samberg exited after the end of the first season in 2013 because of his commitment to Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
The British version featured Greg Davies as the stern father of a woman who returns home married to a “spiritual ninja” after spending a year in America. In the second season, the Cuckoo character goes missing, and Samberg’s void was filled by actor Taylor Lautner in a different role.
Samberg is not expected to be involved in the U.S. rendition.