With all of the major TV networks holding their upfront presentations next week, a slew of series orders have been issued over the past few days. The latest of which is one of several movie-to-TV reboots, ABC's Uncle Buck, with the network revealing the first cast photo earlier today. The cast includes Mike Epps as Uncle Buck, played by John Candy in the original 1989 comedy classic Uncle Buck, alongside James Lesure as Buck's brother Will and Nia Long as Will's wife. Iman Benson, Aalyrah Caldwell and Sayeed Shahidi also star as Will and his wife's three children.
The TV series is slated to follow the same story as the original movie, centering on the immature title character who tries to reinvent himself as a mature and responsible adult when asked to watch over his nieces and nephews. In the original movie, Buck was asked out of desperation to watch the kids as his brother and sister-in-law had to attend a sudden funeral, but it remains to be seen if they will be out of town throughout the duration of this first season. The show will air as a half-hour single-camera comedy series on ABC, but it is unclear where it may be slotted on the network's lineup yet.
Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg, who both served as writers on Scrubs, Happy Endings and Cougar Town wrote the pilot script and will executive produce with William Packer and Korin Huggins. Uncle Buck was previously adapted into a TV series in 1990, but it only lasted one season spanning 22 episodes. While we wait for more details on this new Uncle Buck, check out the cast photo below.