Twilight actor Taylor Lautner is replacing comedic actor Andy Samberg (SNL, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) in the second season of the BBC Three comedy show Cuckoo. The title Cuckoo refers to Samberg’s character – “a new age slacker who makes life hell for his uptight British in-laws” played by Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale. Tamla Kari plays Cuckoo’s wife Rachel. But Samber’g character has been written off the show – Cuckoo disappeared while hiking the Himalayas. Lautner appears in Season 2 as “a mysterious stranger searching for his lost father and wreaking havoc on the English family.”
Cuckoo made its debut in 2012 and attracted 1.15 million viewers but when BBC Three announced it was becoming an online-only channel, due to budget cuts, German public broadcast ARD snapped it up.