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‘Uncle Buck’ TV remake canceled after one season

Buck Russell, we hardly knew you. Strike that. We knew you in 1989 and once was enough. ABC has canceled its TV remake of Uncle Buck after one season, which came as a big surprise to absolutely nobody in the English-speaking world.

Actor James Lesure, one of the stars of the series, announced the news on Twitter - a feat the original Uncle Buck would not approve of: "Disappointed. No more @ABCUncleBuck. Cancelled. Thankful to have worked with @ABCNetwork. Proud of what we've done. Thx 4 let us entertain u," he wrote.

While critically panned - it holds a 32 percent “fresh rating” on Rotten Tomatoes - Uncle Buck did reasonably well during the slower summer TV season, says the Hollywood Reporter.

For what it’s worth, the original movie starring John Candy only scored a 64 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And I don't blame the quality of the acting for its demise. I think American audiences have long grown weary of remakes. I'd love to see Lesure and Mike Epps (who starred as Buck) find a project more worthy of their talent. And hey, ABC ... that "Greatest Hits" show you just launched is equally unworthy of our time.

If you’re seriously interested, you can still watch Uncle Buck online at its official website.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2016 9:05am]


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