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James Lesure Joins Mike Epps and Nia Long in ‘Uncle Buck’

James Lesure Joins Mike Epps and Nia Long in 'Uncle Buck'

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.”

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