×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fox Orders Off-Cycle Comedy Pilot ‘Bless This Mess’ From Lake Bell, Liz Meriwether

Fox has ordered the comedy “Bless This Mess” from Liz Meriwether and Lake Bell to pilot.

The single-camera comedy will be an off-cycle pilot, with shooting scheduled to begin in June. Bell will co-star as one half of a newlywed couple who give up their drab and unfulfilling lives in New York and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life. It doesn’t work out like they planned.

Meriwether and Bell will serve as writers and executive producers, with Bell also attached to direct in addition to starring. Katherine Pope will also executive produce, with 20th Century Fox Television producing.

Meriwether created the hit Fox comedy “New Girl,” which is preparing to go into its seventh and final season. This project marks her second pilot order this year at Fox and her third overall. She is also an executive producer on the Fox single-cam “Daddy Issues” as well as the co-creator of the ABC comedy pilot “Single Parents,” the latter of which is also executive produced by Pope.

Bell made her feature directorial debut with the 2013 film “In a World…” which she also wrote and starred in the lead role. As an actress, she lends her voice to the Netflix series “BoJack Horseman” and has previously been seen in shows like “Boston Legal,” “How to Make It in America,” and “Children’s Hospital.” She also guest starred in an episode of “New Girl” in 2011.

Meriwether is repped by WME and Rise Management. Bell is repped by UTA and The Burstein Company.

More TV

  • NEW YORK, NY – JUNE, 24:

    LGBTQ Stars Honored at Variety’s Power of Pride Celebration

    New York City felt the full power of pride on Monday, as Variety celebrated its inaugural issue devoted to the annual recognition of LGBTQ people worldwide. At an intimate gathering at lower east side Manhattan hotel The Orchid, rooftop bar Mr. Purple hosted Variety’s cover stars and luminaries for cocktails and the unveiling of the [...]

  • WWE

    WWE and PP Sports Extend China Partnership

    WWE and PP Sports have signed a new multi-year agreement that will keep WWE programming airing live in Mandarin in China. In the past three years of the partnership, PP Sports has delivered more than 300 episodes of WWE programming. PP Sports will offer “Raw,” “Smackdown” and the WWE Network as a subscription VOD service [...]

  • Billy Eichner Power of Pride Variety

    Billy Eichner on Taylor Swift's 'Calm Down' Backlash

    When Taylor Swift released her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, it seemed like every member of the LGBTQ in Hollywood was included — except for Billy Eichner. “I’m still not gay enough for Taylor Swift — or too gay — I don’t know what it is,” Eichner joked at Variety’s Power of Pride [...]

  • HIGHWIRE LIVE IN TIMES SQUARE WITH

    TV News Roundup: 'Highwire Live in Times Square' Tops Sunday Night Ratings

    In today’s TV news roundup, ABC’s “Highwire Live in Times Square” tops Sunday night ratings, and “Total Bellas” has been renewed for a fifth season. DATES FX will air the special event “Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year” on July 7. The program will showcase the issues honored at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'Scream' Series Moves From MTV to VH1 for July Debut

    The long-gestating third season of the “Scream” series is finally debuting–but not on its original network. Variety has confirmed that the series will air on VH1 instead of MTV as originally planned. “Scream” will debut on VH1 on July 8 and air two one-hour episodes back-to-back for three straight nights. The third season of the [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    Video of Jussie Smollett With Rope Around His Neck Released by Chicago Police

    The Chicago Police Department released new surveillance footage and files in regards to the Jussie Smollett hoax case on Monday, including one that shows the “Empire” actor shortly after the alleged attack. In one of the videos, police body-cam footage shows authorities entering Smollett’s Chicago apartment, led by his manager, Frank Gatson. Smollett is found [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content