Lake Bell, Liz Meriwether Sitcom ‘Bless This Mess’ Moves From Fox to ABC With Series Order

Single-cam comedy starring Bell and Dax Shepard set to premiere in 2019

Last Updated: December 11, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

Lake Bell and Liz Meriwether’s new single-camera comedy, “Bless This Mess,” has been given a six-episode series order at ABC, after the project was previously in contention at Fox.

The sitcom stars Bell and Dax Shepard as a newlywed couple, whose plans to ditch big city living for a simpler life in Nebraska doesn’t go as expected.

“Bell and Shepard headline a stellar cast in this hilarious take on a classic fish-out-of-water story that we found irresistible,” Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, said Tuesday.

“Bless This Mess” is a co-production between 20th Century Fox Television (where Meriwether has a recently-upped overall deal) and ABC Studios. Meriwether (whose new comedy “Single Parents” made its debut on ABC this fall, and who wrapped up Fox sitcom “New Girl” last spring) and Bell co-created the series and will executive produce.

Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “Speechless”) are non-writing executive producers, as are Shepard and Katherine Pope. Bell directed the pilot.

The series is set for a 2019 premiere on ABC.