ABC's got a great diverse family comedy brand. Maybe don't add a racial slur?
At this moment, in the world of TV comedy, nobody is doing diversity better than ABC.
"Fresh Off The Boat" is one of the best new comedies of the spring, maintaining its creative momentum from a strong pilot and generating a consistently solid audience in a time period that has caused ABC nothing but trouble in recent years.
"Black-ish" was one of the fall's better new comedies and after the usual out-of-the-blocks maturation, it has become reliably smart and perceptive, doing a reasonably good job of holding onto that fickle "Modern Family" audience.
I didn't have any use for "Cristela," but people I respect have been aggressively and demonstrably on-board for it since Day 1.
ABC also has comedies celebrating families from The Heartland ("The Middle"), conservatives ("Last Man Standing"), secular Jews ("The Goldbergs"), intimacy-free gay marriage ("Modern Family") and wealthy snobs in the Hamptons ("Revenge").
As much as I've hated a certain subset of the ABC comedy brand – a subset that has recently included "Work It," "Mixology" and "Manhattan Love Story," – I have only the highest respect for the diverse family comedy brand that ABC is building.
That's why it's important to get out ahead of the game on this one: ABC is doing a new comedy pilot based on the John Hughes film "Uncle Buck." Sure. Why not? Everybody's adapting movies as TV pilots and "Uncle Buck" is neither the movie property most deserving of a TV version this spring, nor the movie property least deserving of a TV version of this spring. [Give me 10 “Uncle Buck” shows before I need a “Marley & Me.”] And I fully endorse that ABC's instinct is to do this pilot with an African-American cast led by Mike Epps and Nia Long.
So it's here that I have to address a statement to ABC, a question I already asked on Twitter: You know your African-American-centric "Uncle Buck" can’t be called "Uncle Buck," right? Or maybe I should rephrase that and say that you know your African-American-centric "Uncle Buck" shouldn't be called "Uncle Buck," right?