The month of May has been living up to its reputation for television cancellations. Not too long after CBS made some difficult decisions about some of its shows, ABC cancelled four of its series, and among the carnage was Dax Shepard's Bless This Mess. In light of the sad news, Shepard and the series’ creator had the best responses.
On Twitter, Dax Shepard responded to a user saddened by Bless This Mess’ cancellation news. The actor, who is famous for his great sense of humor, quoted the tweet and had a very amusing response to it all. It turns out, Shepard liked the picture used in one of the stories that covered the cancellation. Check it out:
At least Dax Shepard is trying to find the silver lining. Bless This Mess had aired for two seasons before ABC decided to cancel it and two other scripted comedies. The Goldbergs’ switched-up spinoff, Schooled, and fellow sophomore comedy, Single Parents, also got cancelled. In Bless This Mess, Dax Shepard starred opposite of Lake Bell, who co-created the series.
The duo played a husband and wife who leave New York behind for rural life on a farm in Nebraska. For two seasons, fans of Bless This Mess got to see how that decision played out. Sadly, they will not continue to do so, and Bless This Mess’ co-creator spoke out on the bitter news by using a pop-culture touchstone to express her feelings. On Instagram, Elizabeth Meriwether posted:
Yes, Elizabeth Meriwether co-created Bless This Mess and Single Parents, so the double cancellation resulted in an apropos callback to Game of Thrones’ notorious Red Wedding. Meriwether’s use of such a visceral moment in TV history gives fans a strong sense of how the co-creator is feeling.
Thankfully, Bless This Mess’ co-creator and Dax Shepard both managed to maintain their senses of humor through a terrible ordeal. Losing a show to cancellation is never easy. When you add the timing of it happening in a television world that is unsure of its own future in general, it has to be especially painful. (When will production start again, and what measures will it entail?)
Fans will have to stay tuned to learn what Dax Shepard will get up to next. He is no stranger to comedies. With his run on Netflix’s The Ranch now over, and the end of Bless This Mess leading to an opening in his slot, the sky is the limit. At this point, anything can happen.
That said, I am curious if those open skies will somehow lead to Dax Shepard realizing his dream of playing Tiger King’s Joe Exotic. Yes, Nicolas Cage will play him in one TV project, but who is to say there will not be more? Before Bless This Mess’ cancellation, Shepard had expressed interest in playing Exotic. Now, he has some room in his schedule.
If you are missing Dax Shepard and the idea of not seeing him in Bless This Mess, check him out in several titles on Netflix, alongside new 2020 content. ABC will return with its slate of fall programming after this summer’s premieres.
Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.
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