Not two weeks after confirming that he’s leaving Saturday Night Live, Andy Samberg has already signed on for a new TV project. And sure, we should have seen this coming, but it’s still difficult to process. Mostly because we assumed he’d pursue more Lonely Island-related projects, and instead it just sounds like he’s taken a failed SNL sketch and stretched it into nine half-hour episodes.
Andy’s new sitcom is called Cuckoo; he’ll play the titular hippie who impulsively marries a British girl (Tamla Kari, from the UK Being Human) during her “gap year” between high school and college. But when he meets her parents, they’re understandably underwhelmed by this “self-appointed ninja and slacker with New Age ideas.” Seriously, this sounds like something we’d watch Andy do at 11:30 on a Saturday night, for three minutes and laugh a little bit. I don’t know if they can extend it for an entire series.
Also, he’s done it before—remember Ras Trent?
Not even the quote from Cuckoo‘s executive producer made me feel any better: ”The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood. We hope Cuckoo cements the special relationship between our two great countries. I imagine Obama and [British Prime Minister David] Cameron will be watching closely.” Maybe if Fred Armisen is playing Obama.
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