Taylor Lautner is switching the big screen for TV to star in the second season of the BBC comedy Cuckoo. He will become the male lead, replacing Adam Samberg.
How are the writers bringing in another American into a British comedy? He will become the unwanted son-in-law of Ken and Lorna, played by Greg Davis and Helen Baxendale. Their daughter decides to take a gap year and ends up marrying Lautner’s new character.
The 22-year-old actor is best known for his role in Twlight, a part he has, so far, found it difficult to leave behind. He played the werewolf, Jacob Black, who found himself part of a love triangle, along with Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. There are hopes that his Twlight fan base, and good looks, will help Cuckcoo see a boost in ratings. It has already been nominated for two BAFTAs, but that is not enough.
Cuckoo hit TVs in September 2012 for its first season. At the end of the season, Samberg’s character, Cuckoo, left for the Himylayas, so he could perform research for his book. During that time and the upcoming start of the second season his wife, Rachel – played by Tamla Kari – has had to move on with her life.
Samberg left the show at the end of the first season and is now starring in the hit US comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The comedy is about a police precinct in Brooklyn, with Samberg serving as the lead male character. It left the future of Cuckoo uncertain, until Lautner agreed to star in the BBC comedy.
The Twilight star certainly wasn’t known for his comedy, playing the werewolf in the Twilight franchise, so some fans of Cuckoo may be worried about his comedic attempts. The good news is he has already proven he can do it. In the past, he hosted Saturday Night Live and also had a role in Grown Ups 2, last year, starring comedy genius Adam Sandler.
According to Zai Bennett, the controller for BBC Three, the BBC comedy stands out the most compared to others on the channel. He is, reportedly, looking forward to it getting a new slot and will be one of the “treats of the year.”
Very little has been given away about exactly how Lautner will come to be part of the show. All that has been said, so far, is that he will turn up in Lichfield – the place the show is based – out of the blue. It comes at a time when the family, which also includes Rachel’s brother Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) is just getting back on track with life. The second season is set two years after the end of the first season, which keeps the timing about right for the time that has already passed. Samberg’s character is presumed dead after not returning from his trip.
Executive Producer Ash Atalla can’t wait for the show to get back on the air. Atalla has also been involved in shows like The Office and The IT Crowd and hopes that Cuckoo will become just as popular. It started with the highest ratings BBC three has seen for a comedy, and there are hopes that Lautner will help make that happen again.
Editorial by Alexandria Ingham