Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ABC Cancels 'Uncle Buck' After One Season

ABC has decided to cancel its original comedy series Uncle Buck after one season. The news was announced today by series co-star James Lesure on Twitter. The comedy aired its final two episodes last night.

Uncle Buck was a remake of the John Hughes 1989 feature film of the same name. The series starred Mike Epps, Nia Long, James Lesure, Iman Benson, Sayeed Shahidi and Aalyrah Caldwell.

Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley developed the series. They executive produced with Will Packer. ABC Studios, Universal Television and Will Packer Productions produced.

Despite opening to poor reviews, Uncle Buck pulled in some solid ratings on Tuesday nights over the past four weeks. It debuted to 4.963 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic (Live+Same Day). The series finale last night was seen by 3.246 million viewers and posted a 1.0 rating.

Uncle Buck was one of many remakes based on movies or former shows ordered to series this past year at the broadcast networks. And now, none of them will be returning for a second season. That list includes ABC's The Muppets, CBS' Limitless and Rush Hour, and FOX's Minority Report. However, it's still a trend the broadcasters are committed to - with updates on MacGyver (CBS), Training Day (CBS), Lethal Weapon (FOX), The Exorcist (FOX), Prison Break (FOX), 24 (FOX) and Taken (NBC) debuting throughout the next year.