Uncle Buck is officially coming to TV. ABC has greenlit to series a reboot of the 1989 John Candy film. In a spin on the original film’s casting, the series version has an all-black cast led by Mike Epps (The Hangover franchise).
The pitch: “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 sounds like it will be a potential good pairing for the network’s other family comedies, including Modern Family, The Middle and Black-ish.
Uncle Buck stars Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. “Uncle Buck” was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley, Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill. “Uncle Buck” is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios.
The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, Don Johnson’s untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken and Dan Savage’s The Real O’Neals, which stars Martha Plimpton.
We’re in the thick of a frantic period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and some verdicts on existing shows, as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details.