Fall TV: Uncle Buck Is a Go at ABC

Fall Tv Uncle Buck ABC

ABC has picked up a fourth “new” comedy for the 2015-16 TV season: a(nother) small-screen adaptation of the 1989 feature Uncle Buck.

Based on the hit John Candy-starrer, the sitcom stars Mike Epps as Uncle Buck, 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 (Las Vegas‘ James Lesure and Third Watch‘s Nia Long) need his help.

As TV luck would have it, Uncle Buck’s unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family — while they may be the answer to his problems, too.

CBS back in 1990 attempted an Uncle Buck series, fronted by Kevin Meaney, but it was very short-lived.

ABC previously gave series orders to the comedies The Muppets, Dr. Ken and The Real O’Neals.

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26 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    This could be a major flop for ABC.

  2. Grumpy says:

    We Hispanics/Latinos are not being represent enough in network TV. After Cristela was cancelled the only show with a predominately Hispanic cast is Jane the virgin

  3. Steve F. says:

    Taking bets on this being the first cancellation of the fall season in 3, 2, 1…

  4. Milhouse says:

    This whole concept sounds awful.

    How many sitcoms have we had now where a down on his/her luck relative or friend joins the family?

  5. Amy H says:

    Early cancellation on this one.

  6. Williwasnt says:

    Two black ensemble sitcoms on the same network? What is this NBC in the 80s?

  7. Something tells me they gonna put this along with Black’ish on Friday Nights :(

  8. Anonymous says:

    When I hear Uncle Buck I think of John Candy in one of his wonderful funny movies. There is no way I will watch this show.

  9. fiberlicious says:

    And Forever is cancelled. Oh, the pain.

  10. Kathleen says:

    Really – they cancelled Forever and are going with the likes of this????

  11. KayCeeCee says:

    Looking forward to this!

  12. Kiane says:

    Didn’t they try to do the same thing with Murder She Wrote? These are all talented actors in their own right but turn Uncle Buck into another urban comedy?

  13. Tyson says:

    that’s funny anytime there’s more than one black person in a show it’s an urban show Wow

  14. MTB says:

    You take a good, funny, movie and try to turn it into a black comedy. Oh yeah. Big hit here. What a joke.

  15. Nan says:

    This will be high on my Must Miss List. Times have changed and what made Uncle Buck current & funny in 1989 no longer fits. They just want to capitalize on the title. And remaking so many old vehicles over with a black cast is a fool’s errand. Ving Rhames isn’t Kojak. They’re remaking The Wiz as a musical special and it will tank spectacularly, too. Stop the Madness! If they want to make new shows with a black cast such as Empire or How To Get Away with Murder that’s cool. But, remaking old shows is in itself a bad idea let alone making them into hand me downs to a black cast. Write new shows for diverse casts and let the old shows rest in limbo. JMO

  16. Ram510 says:

    Where will this fit in the schedule? I thought Real O’Neals was going be on in the fall?

  17. tsevca says:

    Back then, the movie was based on the popularity of the actor. It was nothing much and without such figure it can never succeed.