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Bless This Mess on ABC

Bless This Mess Is the First Promising Network Sitcom of 2019
By Judy Berman, TIME.com - Apr. 11, 2019

Pam Grier is a fount of wisdom and experience. So when her latest character, Constance, offers some advice in the debut episode of ABC’s sitcom Bless This Mess, you can bet it’s going to reverberate through the entire series. “The best kind of love ain’t happy,” Constance tells her dejected new neighbor Mike (Parenthood alum Dax Shepard). “The best kind of love is honest.”

This is, of course, precisely what he needs to hear. A full year into their marriage, Mike and his wife Rio (In a World … writer-director-star Lake Bell) are both reeling from their first-ever fight. And they’re likely to have many more, seeing as they recently moved from New York City to the Nebraska farm Mike inherited, where they’re determined to become alfalfa farmers despite their total lack of agricultural experience. (She was a therapist; he was a music journalist.) But the soil is useless, the house is a wreck and there’s a guy named Rudy (Ed Begley Jr.) living on the property who says things like, “I don’t need therapy–I’m not a Jewish person.”

On its surface, Bless This Mess, which premieres April 16, is a pretty formulaic fish-out-of-water sitcom, with timely red state–vs.–blue state undertones. There are jokes about the city slickers’ fussy Whole Foods diet and, in the crumbling home, echoes of The Money Pit. Rudy and Constance, a shopkeeper who’s also the local sheriff, are ripe for a will-they/won’t-they romance.

But as executed by co-creators Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether, and featuring the most charismatic network comedy cast since The Good Place, the pilot shows a lot of potential. (A scene in which national treasure Susie Essman, guesting as Bell’s overbearing mom, terrorizes a cow via cell phone from several states away, doesn’t hurt.) Grier is tough but tender. Begley brings a rumpled softness to Rudy that keeps him from veering into Kramer territory. And like Meriwether’s biggest hit, New Girl, the show balances old-fashioned sweetness with of-the-moment characters and cultural references; neither rural nor urban types comes across as caricatures. Best of all, Bell and Shepard make an utterly believable, sympathetic couple–one that is just beginning to understand what it really means to make a lifelong commitment.

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Initially I wanted to see this show, then I saw the previews and decided not to bother - it seems way too broad with people falling through floors and such, but after reading the review I might tune in. You can do comedy grounded in some sort of reality, personally falling through floors might have been funny in the 1930's but in 2019 not so much.
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I'd rather watch "Green Acres".
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I will give it a chance. I doubt it can come even close to Green Acres in quality.
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Meh. I'll give it one or two more tries.
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What a mess! One and done.
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Very meh.
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Meh. I'll give it one or two more tries.

Me, too. But I doubt it will reach Green Acres quality.
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Tidy Ratings Start For ABC’s ‘Bless This Mess’
By Lisa de Moraes, Deadline.com - Apr. 17, 2019

Good start for ABC’s Bless This Mess (0.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 4.69 million total viewers), which built on its Black-ish lead-in (0.8, 3.52M) Tuesday – something slot predecessor Splitting Up Together had not managed this season or last.

Bless This Mess’ demo rating climbed 50% compared to the prior eight originals of Splitting Up Together, which had equaled that show’s series low. In total viewers, Mess built 32% on its Black-ish lead-in, delivering ABC’s biggest time-slot crowd of the season.

At 10 PM, ABC’s The Rookie season finale (0.7, 3.99M) improved by a tenth in the demo off last week’s season low to rank No. 1 its hour with the demo, tying CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans (0.7, 6.63M), but third in its hour in total viewers. Even so, it spiked by 400,000 viewers compared to the previous week, drawing its largest crowd in three weeks.

Leading off ABC’s night, American Housewife (0.8, 3.90M) improved over the prior week in both metrics, after which The Kids Are Alright (0.7, 3.12M) did same.

NBC’s The Voice (1.0, 7.09M) marked a new series demo low at 8 PM, ceding first-place slot status to CBS’ NCIS (1.1, 11.68M). After which The VIllage (0.6, 3.88M) and New Amsterdam (0.6, 4.45M) clocked demo season lows.

NCIS topped Tuesday in both metrics, besting closest competitor The Voice by 4.6 million viewers.

CBS’ 9 PM return of F.B.I. (0.9, 8.73M) finished first in its hour in both metrics with a 4.7M lead over its closest slot competition.

Week 5 of Fox’s Mental Samurai (0.5, 1.71M) matched last week’s lowest-yet in the demo and slipped to a new total-viewer low, following MasterChef Junior (0.7, 2.51M).

CW’s The Flash (0.6, 2.51M) topped its last two originals, after which Roswell, New Mexico (0.3, 1.07M) also improved by a tenth over the prior two weeks.

CBS (0.9, 9.01M) was No. 1 for night in both metrics, followed by ABC (0.8, 3.86M) in the demo and NBC (0.7, 5.14M) in total viewers. Fox (0.6, 2.11M) and CW (0.4, 1.45M) followed.

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It was not bad,will continue to watch for now. No Green Acres thats for sure.
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I wasn't even aware of this show until I saw a story yesterday about it being renewed. I figured I'd give it a try since I like both Dax Shepard and Lake Bell and I'm glad I did. I've watched the first two episodes and I'm really enjoying it.
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Really liked the show. Lake did a good job and the cast was fantastic. Ed Begley, Jr... best scene-stealer ever.

Walking the fine line between jaw-dropping and a plain ol' yawn.
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Agreed. Pretty much the whole cast was awesome. My wife and I really enjoyed this show, along with Single Parents which also got the axe. Stupid ABC. Can't imagine these shows were very expensive to produce.
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Really liked the show. Lake did a good job and the cast was fantastic. Ed Begley, Jr... best scene-stealer ever.
I completely agree about Ed Begley, Jr. He was fantastic in this show.
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This is the show that ABC chose instead of renewing THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT for another season. Even more annoying now that it is quickly axed!!

There were funny moments in this, but as others have posted, it does seem like someone fell asleep streaming THE MONEY PIT and autoplay rolled over and streamed GREEN ACRES and they woke up and thought they had a 'great new concept' for a show.
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Shame about the cancellation. I am certain about only two things in life: 1) Never let anyone know that you are happy, and 2) This was the only thing on ABC worth watching.
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