“Uncle Buck” joins three other new comedies on ABC’s 2015-16 slate: “The Muppets” reinvention from “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady; “Dr. Ken,” a medical laffer starring “Community’s” Ken Jeong; and the Martha Plimpton family sitcom “The Real O’Neals.”
Based on the 1989 John Hughes movie of the same name, which starred John Candy, ABC’s modern-day retelling centers around a diverse ensemble, following the success of its freshman breakout “Black-ish,” which was renewed for a second season yesterday.
The title character (played by 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, so his brother and sister-in-law need his help, and his unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family — plus, they may be the answer to his problems, too.
Epps stars in the Universal TV and ABC Studios production with Nia Long, James Lesure, Iman Benson, Sayeed Shahidi and Aalyrah Caldwell. The project hails from writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who will also exec produce with Will Packer. Korin Huggins and Phil Traill co-exec produce.
The “Uncle Buck” pickup comes after a whopping renewal announcement from ABC, bringing back 22 series for the upcoming season, including all of Shonda Rhimes’ hits. The network also greenlit a new series from Rhimes, “The Catch,” in addition to five other dramas.
“Forever,” “Cristela,” “Ressurection” and reality competition “The Taste” were cancelled by ABC.