Hey guys, Jana here,
The story of a well-meaning, lazy and all-around slob, Buck gets a crash-course in taking care of kids when he is, a last choice, left to babysit his brother’s kids. If this sounds familiar there’s a good reason for it, this was the premise for the 1989 John Hughes classic, ‘Uncle Buck‘. We told you a while back this was being spun into a TV series and now we’ve got some casting news for you.
Finding someone to take the mantle of Buck Russell where John Candy perfected it couldn’t have been easy, but the powers that be from Universal TV and Will Packer Prods. found the right candidate in Mike Epps, you know – Black Doug from ‘The Hangover‘ movies! Besides that, he was on ‘Next Friday‘ and ‘Friday After Next‘ and most recently, Starz’s ‘Survivor’s Remorse‘. Having been cast in the series, as well, is Nia Long as Buck’s brother Will’s head-strong and intelligent wife. Long has had fans begging for more since she had a four year stint on ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘, she gave fans what they wanted with hits including ‘Big Momma’s House‘ and it’s sequel. Long is one of the co-stars on WEtv’s ‘The Divide‘ most recently.
The adaptation is being written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley with the duo and Packer executive producing the pilot and Korin Huggins co-executive producing.