One of 4 TV sales that super-producer Will Packer made after launching his own production company, and inking a first-look deal with NBC/Universal – although this one is going to ABC – is the comedy pilot “Uncle Buck,” which will star Mike Epps in the title role, and Nia Long as his “strong-willed and smart wife.”
Announced earlier this week, James Lesure has joined the growing cast that also includes Aalyrah Caldwell, Sayeed Shahidi and ImanBenson.
A small-screen adaptation of the 1989 John Hughes/John Candy movie of the same name, “Uncle Buck” the TV series will be penned by “MADtv” vets Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, and is described as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way.
Will Packer will exec-produce alongside Cragg and Bradley.
If ABC likes the pilot, and it’s ordered to series, I’d expect a 2015/2016 premiere – maybe as a companion piece to the network’s other family comedy with a black family at the center, “Black-ish.”
Lesure most recently appeared in “Blue Bloods,” the police procedural drama series on CBS; as well as the TBS comedy “Men at Work.”