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Andy Samberg heads to the BBC after ‘SNL’

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times –

LOS ANGELES — Andy Samberg made his departure from “Saturday Night Live” official earlier this summer, and now his post-“SNL” plans are official: He’s going to England.

Samberg is set to star in the BBC series “Cuckoo.” The six-part series casts Samberg as an American hippie and “self-appointed spiritual ninja” battling a proper British dad (Greg Davies) for the heart of his daughter (Tamla Kari).

Davies is a comedy star in England, where he’s best known for his stand-up and his role on the classic comedy series “The Inbetweeners.”

The series, which films this summer and will air on BBC Three later in the year, was created by Robin French and Kieron Quirk, writers of the drama series “Trinity.”

Samberg, who was with “SNL” since 2005, wasn’t the only big-name departure this spring, but unlike Kristen Wiig, he didn’t make it official until after the season ended. (Wiig got a touching send-off from the entire cast in the show’s season finale).

Executive producer Ash Atalla said in a statement: “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 Cameron will be watching closely.”

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