A Charismatic Uncle Shakes Things Up in ABC’s New Comedy “Uncle Buck”

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11 June 2016
Uncle Buck
Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin
“Uncle Buck”
Premieres Tuesday, June 14 with Back-to-Back Episodes
At 9 and 9:30 PM ET/PT
on ABC

          In the 9 PM “Pilot” episode, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a charismatic hustler who has gotten by on his charm for years.  But when his brother Will and sister-in-law Alexis move to town and need help with their kids, he steps up to become their “manny.” Their lives will never be the same.

          Will (James Lesure) and Alexis (Nia Long) are wary of Buck’s questionable parenting skills, but his unique perspective and street smarts provide some unconventional solutions to raising their three rambunctious kids, who typically make a hobby of terrorizing their nannies. Like most teenagers, Tia (Iman Benson) is resentful of her mother and feels neglected when Alexis starts a new job. Miles (Sayeed Shahidi) and Maizy (Aalyrah Caldwell) are wise beyond their years, each with their own common love of pushing boundaries and testing the adults in their lives. Buck will attempt to apply his “know how” from the ‘hood, as he transitions to his new life in the ‘burbs. But it’s definitely going to take more than hustle and charm to win over and earn respect from this family.


          In the 9:30 PM “Li’l Scarface” episode, Alexis and Will try to help Maizy overcome her shyness in order to sell Sunny Scout cookies. Mom does her best to teach Maizy the valuable lesson of following the rules by selling cookies the right way, while Dad just wants to get rid of them by any means possible. When both plans fail, Buck jumps in to help Maizy break out of her shell and hustle her way to the top – as only he can.

         In addition to series stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy, guest stars in the “pilot” episode include Regina Hall as Jackie King, Tony T. Roberts as Cy, BJ Mitchell as Jordan, Sonje Fortag as Irena, Natalie Palamides as Amy, Ben Zelevansky as Derrick, Ryan Kelly Coil as the valet, Carrie Barrett as Korin, Ken Narasaki as Mr. Tagahashi, Kristin O’Meara as the buyer, Hudson Borthwick as the teen, and Lila Claghorn as the ticket agent.

          Guest Stars in the “Li’l scarface episode include Martin Thompson as older man, Andy Martinez, Jr. as Sensei Brad, Donnabella Mortel as Jennifer, Timothy Brennen as Don Senderson, Robert Riechel, Jr. as the customer, Daija Owens as Juice, Cornelius Peter as Handyman Host, Zabeth Russell as Ms. Beam, Keli Daniels as Wheelchair Mom, Karishma Ahluwalia as Sunny Scout Mom and Kevin Cotteleer as Sunny Scout Dad.


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