ABC Finds Its African-American Uncle Buck In TV Reboot


With the success of black-ish and other ethnic-centric programming this season, this latest project from the alphabet network is a no-brainer.

When ABC announced its Uncle Buck reboot featuring an all African-American cast, I half expected the network to tap Kenan Thompson to fill John Candy’s shoes. Admit it, you thought so too. Alas, someone else will play the titular character. Find out who below.


Stand up comedian Mike Epps has been given the gig. The 44-year-old actor’s previous acting credits include The Hangover as Black Doug, Sparkle and Hancock.

In the 1989 film, Buck Russell was a childish man who grows up when he has to take care of his brother’s kids. The new Buck Russell is described as “a wild and free-wheeling force of nature who has managed to lose every job and every girlfriend he’s ever had, but who still flies through life by the seat of his pants, never knowing what tomorrow will bring.”

What do you think of ABC’s reboot? Is Epps the right man for the job? Weigh in below.

  • I remember John Candy in Home Alone.