Mike Epps Aims To Reach New Audiences With ‘Uncle Buck’


Tonight at 9:00 and 9:30 PM ET, ABC will debut their new family television series, Uncle Buck, starring funny-man Mike Epps, Nia Long, James Lesure, Iman Benson, Aalyrah Caldwell and more. The show is based on the classic 1989 movie of the same name — starring John Candy.

Uncle Buck (Epps) is a fun-loving, yet irresponsible guy who needs a job — and a place to lay his head at night. His brother, played by James Lesure and sister-in-law Nia Long, need some help around the house, so they hire Epps’ character to look after their kids, and take care of home while they are away… being adults. That’s where all the hilariousness ensues.

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VIBE caught up with Epps at New York City’s Bar Americain restaurant where he discussed working alongside such a talented cast, his ABC television debut and much more.

“I’m excited and scared because this is my first time getting the opportunity to be on network television,” Epps told VIBE. I come from [the] edgy urban world from doing the Friday movies. I’ve always had fears of doing television because of that.”

However, the Hollywood star says he fell right into character while shooting the show’s pilot episode. Epps even relates to the “grown kid” syndrome that Uncle Buck suffers from.

“The irresponsible, fun-loving guy, that’s been sleeping on someone’s couch for 30 years, and is just now getting your license at 48-years-old, nobody is on television like that,” says Epps with a laugh. “I’m really Uncle Buck [in real life]. I’m 45 now, but I never took a driver’s test — somebody gave me that.”

Watch a trailer for the family show below.