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New ABC sitcom is a pleasant ‘Mess’

ABC’s new sitcom, “ Bless This Mess,” has the dubious distinction of premiering near the end of the TV season. There’s usually a reason that TV networks hold a series debut until they’ve exhausted everything else on their schedule (read between the lines here), but “Bless This Mess,” in all its cookie-cutter homogeny, is saved somewhat by its pleasant cast and the tempered expectations of a mid-April debut. The “Green Acres”-type premise finds married city slickers Mike (Dax Shepard), a music journalist, and Rio (Lake Bell), a therapist, chucking their life in busy Manhattan for a bucolic life of farming in rural Nebraska. They’ve inherited a house from Mike’s great-aunt, and naturally, once they arrive there, i ...