After the cavalcade of series being dropped and picked up by networks on Friday, ABC announced it is still green lighting new series. The latest is a remake of the popular 1989 comedy, “Uncle Buck,” which has earned a series order from the network.
According to Deadline, the show will be a single-camera sitcom that’s a modern take on the popular John Candy comedy about a kind of vagabond man who learns the importance of family during one crazy visit with his brother’s wife and children.
The ABC series will feature a main cast of all African-American actors and actresses led by “The Hangover” star Mike Epps. Joining him will be Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. According to Entertainment Weekly, the premise for the show is very similar to its big-screen source material.
“Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephew’s Nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.”
The show looks as though it will be significantly more light-hearted than the original movie, assuming the first teaser poster is any indication.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 8, 2015
The show will be a welcomed addition to some of ABC’s other network family comedies including “Modern Family,” “The Middle” and “Black-ish.” As The Hollywood Reporter notes, “Uncle Buck” is the fourth comedy order from ABC in the 2015/2016 pilot season. The network is also moving forward with the Ken Jeong-led comedy “Dr. Ken” as well as “The Real O’Neals” and its “Muppets” reboot. "Uncle Buck" is written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley who will executive produce alongside Will Packer, Korin Huggins and Phil Traill.