Lake Bell and Dax Shep­ard ‘Bless This Mess’ in new ABC sit­com

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Known for act­ing in such movies as “It’s Com­pli­cated” and “Home Again,” Lake Bell has wanted a greater creative hand in her projects.

She has that with “Bless This Mess,” an ABC com­edy pre­mier­ing Tues­day, April 16. A cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the show along with Elizabeth Meri­wether (“New Girl,” “Sin­gle Par­ents”), Bell also di­rected the de­but episode team­ing her and Dax Shep­ard (“Par­ent­hood”) as new­ly­weds who leave New York for Ne­braska – where the chal­lenges are more than they an­tic­i­pated. Ed Be­g­ley Jr. and ac­tion-movie icon Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”) are among co-stars.

“The con­cept that we were ex­cited about in mak­ing the show,” Bell ex­plains, “was this in­cred­i­ble zeit­geist and love and won­der of the sim­pler life, and what that re­ally is. I am from New York, and I ab­so­lutely, un­abashedly have this dream to move to a farm. It’s so vastly dif­fer­ent, and I think it re­ally sa­ti­ates that crav­ing of land. And the dream, the ro­mance, is of own­ing your own piece of dirt.”

Shep­ard also dou­bles as a star and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of “Bless This Mess,” and he says he re­lates to his char­ac­ter hav­ing to deal with the fixer-up­per he and his wife newly own.

“It was a big blow to my ego to not be able to wield the ham­mer like a pro in this,” muses Shep­ard, the hus­band of “The Good Place’s” Kris­ten Bell (no re­la­tion to Lake). “The first time I bought a house in L.A., I (had it) ren­o­vated right be­fore I moved in. There was a pe­riod where they said it would be done, and I had sched­uled to move in; of course, it was not done, but I moved in any­way.” Shep­ard adds that he wit­nessed a fight be­tween two of the work­men: “That’s a bad re­mod­el­ing story.”

Also in the voice cast of the re­cent Os­car win­ner “Spi­der-Man: Into the Spi­der-Verse,” Lake Bell wrote, di­rected and starred in the come­dies “In a World... ” (2013) and “I Do ... Un­til I Don’t” (2017). She rea­sons that in mul­ti­task­ing sim­i­larly on a tele­vi­sion se­ries, “You’re uti­liz­ing the same mus­cles. Dax is also a writer, di­rec­tor, and ac­tor, so I feel like there was def­i­nitely some ca­ma­raderie there.

“As long as we’re all on the same team and it is about cre­at­ing the same project to­gether and feel­ing like we’re all tonally on the same page, that makes it a lot eas­ier,” Bell notes. “That said, this was in­ter­est­ing be­cause of work­ing with dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies and hav­ing a creative team­mate through­out. Liz (Meri­wether) and I were friends be­fore we started this; I think that added to it be­ing a truly dif­fer­ent but en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. So, I wasn’t solely there.”

Dax Shep­ard and Lake Bell star in the ABC com­edy “Bless This Mess,” pre­mier­ing Tues­day.

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