ABC orders 'Uncle Buck' series reboot with Mike Epps

ABC orders 'Uncle Buck' series reboot with Mike Epps
Mike Epps, right, stars with James Lesure, Sayid Shahidi, Allyrah Caldwell, Nia Long and Iman Benson in ABC's "Uncle Buck" reboot. (Mitchell Haaseth / ABC)

"Uncle Buck" is back.

ABC has ordered a sitcom for the 2015-16 TV season based on the 1989 movie comedy starring John Candy.

This time, the title role of an irresponsible but fun-loving middle-aged man who arrives to look after his brother's kids will be played by stand-up comic and "Next Friday" costar Mike Epps.

The ABC version won't be the first time "Uncle Buck" has made it to the small screen. CBS tried a 1990 sitcom starring stand-up comic Kevin Meaney but it lasted less than a season.

ABC will officially announce its fall schedule to advertisers next week in New York.

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