Five Things to Know About ABC's Uncle Buck

The Stars and Showrunners Discuss the Last Attempt at a Spinoff, Bringing an Edge to Family Comedy, and Who Has the Coolest Bedroom.

by | June 13, 2016 | Comments

Uncle Buck, premiering tomorrow night, is a spinoff of the film of the same name. Since it stars crass-humored comic Mike Epps as Buck, however, this series works on a different level. The show also stars Nia Long and James Lesure, as well as some great new young  faces. We were invited to check out the set and chat with the cast and creators Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg about what we ought to know before we see the very funny premiere.



“We’ve  never seen it, actually,” said co-writer Brian Bradley about the first Uncle Buck spinoff series from the 1990s starring Kevin Meaney. Since confusion regarding ownership of all the separate pieces of the property abound in many spinoff situations, Bradley told us, “We were cautioned against ever looking at [the first spinoff] which was great for us anyway because we didn’t want to see how they had done it.”

Bradley was more than confident knowing that he and writing partner Steven Cragg would be working with executive producer Will Packer (Straight Outta Compton, Roots 2016), a partnership that guaranteed a complete re-imagining of the franchise. “We do know they killed the parents [in the first spinoff],” said Cragg. But Bradley thinks that the need for working parents to get help raising kids is something many people can relate to. “This is a family in trouble,” he said, “and they find help in a really unlikely place.”



Mike Epps started out his career as an edgy stand-up comic. When asked what he enjoys about being a lead in a comedy series, he told us his favorite part is “that it’s a job.” He feels that this particular entertainment avenue is one that really works for him, but mostly he feels pleased to have the job.

“As a comedian and as an artist,” he said, “we all like to feel like we have a job. Stand-up is a job, but it’s not, you know? Movies is a job, but it’s really not because it ends. Where the TV series is — this is a real job.” Epps wasn’t totally convinced at first that he would fit into the environment, but now he knows it’s a place he belongs.



While ABC has made a point of bringing lots of diversity to primetime, Nia Long says this one is “more than just a black show,” and she’s pleased to  be able to add to the landscape. She feels all TV should be all-inclusive.

“Listen,” she said, “everybody should have all of us. All actors should have an opportunity to do good work. What’s great about this show is, it’s more than being white or black, or being a remake, or being cut from the thread of something else.” She feels it’s a funny, good show about a beautiful black family. She continued, “It shouldn’t be a popularity contest. It should just be. Hopefully that’s what it’ll be. Just be funny.”



Due to the crass nature of much of Epps’ comedy material, his family has yet to see him perform. “I have kids,” he said. “My grandmother and my mother get an opportunity to finally watch me.” They would inform him that they “heard about” his performances in the past, but now, due to the clean — and still funny – nature of the series, he can say, “Well you’re going to see me this time.”



Young actors Iman Benson, Aalyrah Caldwell, and Sayeed Shahidi play Tia, Maizy, and Miles respectively. While Shahidi has had a couple recurring roles in the past, including one on Switched at Birth, they haven’t had much experience having a nice, big set of their own. The attractive and detailed Uncle Buck house is huge, and includes enviable bedrooms for the kids — so enviable in fact, that they even argue over whose is best.

“I think that probably the best room out of this whole entire house — everybody knows it’s my room,” boasted Caldwell, while Benson interjected, “Mine’s pretty awesome. My room is so colorful, it’s funky.” But Shahidi thinks he wins because “I’m the one with the Foosball table. So I think [mine] blow[s] both of their rooms out of the water.” The three get to play Foosball when they’re on breaks, but when asked about the possibility of landing an air hockey table, Sayeed thought about it for maybe a split second and stated, “I’m going to ask production about that.”

Uncle Buck premieres on Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

  • Disney Vasquez


  • Randy

    How does crap like this make it to TV?

  • MEC2

    Cultural appropriation.

  • MrHereToSaveTheDay

    You can be glad that a John Hughes/John Candy (they should be celebrated way more than they are) title is still on-air, you can be glad that a family comedy is on-air, you can put your biases aside and give this show a try or you can be mad that a black show is on tv. But no matter what you do, please stop being so mad and cynical all the time interwebs…

Tag Cloud

comics Superheroe HBO kids boxoffice Quiz 24 frames American Society of Cinematographers Star Trek DC Universe Lucasfilm Nominations TCA Winter 2020 Teen robots Martial Arts Classic Film Fox News christmas movies 007 space Film Festival cooking The Purge Rocketman Pride Month Tumblr finale Women's History Month casting reboot revenge Brie Larson Thanksgiving cats LGBTQ Superheroes talk show Apple harry potter Marvel Premiere Dates Ghostbusters historical drama Avengers series 2020 streaming Captain marvel free movies cancelled San Diego Comic-Con OWN Cartoon Network Holidays E3 period drama Hulu docudrama FX mutant Dark Horse Comics Bravo SDCC DGA Trailer Sundance TV Photos spy thriller TCM Warner Bros. 71st Emmy Awards Fantasy Film History Character Guide Action A24 cancelled television YouTube Red TV renewals teaser Podcast Mary poppins anthology golden globes latino screenings jamie lee curtis Year in Review ABC CBS All Access MCU foreign Hallmark Christmas movies Walt Disney Pictures Turner Classic Movies Reality NBC Turner Paramount nature Mary Poppins Returns First Look Mindy Kaling TBS Song of Ice and Fire Comedy Family psycho TV Land Horror Vudu National Geographic dramedy blockbuster toy story thriller indie Writers Guild of America Comic Book slashers Awards Western medical drama Comics on TV Trivia SundanceTV Mary Tyler Moore The Walking Dead dceu The Arrangement USA Network Musicals 45 unscripted Winter TV Oscars The CW Heroines serial killer sports Spring TV GIFs crossover YA Anna Paquin Set visit game of thrones Food Network political drama werewolf Masterpiece Summer cancelled TV shows transformers south america Showtime screen actors guild FOX comiccon batman independent award winner Animation Cosplay DirecTV Red Carpet Ovation VICE doctor who psychological thriller Christmas crime drama IFC E! TIFF strong female leads New York Comic Con Creative Arts Emmys Musical AMC crime thriller Interview Netflix Christmas movies OneApp adventure versus canceled directors TLC NYCC Television Academy DC streaming service YouTube Cannes Music based on movie BBC VH1 Logo TruTV Reality Competition Disney Plus Extras Countdown Toys SXSW breaking bad Chernobyl LGBT cinemax PBS Kids & Family YouTube Premium Freeform discovery 2015 theme song video Syfy technology CW Seed Britbox Netflix Baby Yoda Tubi romantic comedy A&E Grammys TV RT History Polls and Games CNN singing competition Valentine's Day Watching Series Acorn TV elevated horror anime Ellie Kemper Marvel Television sitcom MSNBC Awards Tour spinoff zombies Sneak Peek cars 2019 GLAAD APB Marathons Rocky romance The Witch biography Emmys Universal Trophy Talk Nickelodeon Columbia Pictures 2017 travel Biopics Sundance Now Sony Pictures Holiday Amazon Prime Video adaptation MTV vampires diversity ABC Family Disney Channel hispanic animated cults rotten movies we love BBC America Sundance TNT Crunchyroll science fiction mockumentary stand-up comedy Country sag awards crime Arrowverse Comedy Central zero dark thirty spanish language children's TV Election Disney streaming service dc Amazon Prime composers cops cancelled TV series canceled TV shows Certified Fresh Winners Video Games Discovery Channel Mystery sequel book PaleyFest Academy Awards festivals spider-man Spectrum Originals Esquire WGN blaxploitation Rom-Com FXX RT21 binge WarnerMedia aliens justice league zombie Peacock halloween quibi Fall TV what to watch cartoon richard e. Grant HBO Max comic Shudder game show witnail Super Bowl miniseries IFC Films Schedule Pirates Stephen King Crackle 2016 dragons Box Office movies natural history Epix Amazon Paramount Network Elton John Starz Nat Geo Binge Guide police drama Best and Worst See It Skip It Disney Star Wars ESPN Opinion GoT Apple TV Plus Tomatazos Mudbound Chilling Adventures of Sabrina BET Apple TV+ Calendar renewed TV shows supernatural ratings Adult Swim Sci-Fi First Reviews ghosts Drama Lionsgate name the review Pet Sematary green book Endgame politics war USA 20th Century Fox Hallmark ITV joker hist Pixar spain TCA 21st Century Fox Lifetime facebook 2018 Infographic Black Mirror CMT Emmy Nominations El Rey tv talk TCA 2017 television CBS disaster DC Comics Marvel Studios Tarantino Rock Shondaland Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt social media true crime Pop Lifetime Christmas movies X-Men Spike President Disney+ Disney Plus