Tuesday, March 24, 2015


It appears that the greater TV Universe will be getting another version of the John Hughes movie "Uncle Buck".  It already has a televersion in Earth Prime-Time which starred Kevin Meaney in the John Candy title role.  So this new version would need to be placed in an alternate TV dimension and the casting of the lead character has made the choice out of multiple Toobworlds easy.

ABC has signed Mike Epps of the "Friday" movies and who is currently in 'Survivor's Remorse' to play Buck Russell.  Buck is described as “a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will’s kids in a very childish way.”  Another major cast member who has been announced is Nia Long as Buck's sister-in-law

The article pointed out that ABC might have a publicity nightmare on its hands if they stick with the name "Buck" for a black man.  But even if they change it (which would mean losing the publicity cache of the movie tie-in), I think it should still be left in the alternate TV dimension of Black Toobworld.

Should this sitcom make it to air, it would join the likes of the black versions of 'Kojak', 'The Odd Couple', 'Ironside', and the cinematic adaptation of "The Honeymooners".


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